Raised on a remote cattle ranch in south central Montana, Jim began his education in a one-room schoolhouse. He went on to boarding school at St. Pauls School in New Hampshire and then graduated from Yale University in 1967 with a B.A. in Latin American History. After a brief stint on Wall Street and an exploratory year in South America, Jim joined Hall and Hall in 1972 as one of only two brokers in the firms real estate partnership. Even then he believed that investment in the ranches, farms and unique landscapes of the American West would attract a national and even international clientele. He and a growing number of pioneering co-owners and partners in multiple offices have built Hall and Hall into one of the largest rural real estate firms in the world specializing in the appraisal, financing, sale and management of what he terms investment-quality rural real estate wherever it might occur throughout the world. His intimate knowledge of the Rocky Mountain West based on 40 plus years and billions of dollars in transactions is unequalled. Jim is a retired polo player, an avid skier, a fly-fisherman and has been involved as a board member of the Montana Nature Conservancy and serves on the Yellowstone Park Foundations Advisory Counsel. He is actively involved with his wife, Anne Kent Taylor, who operates both a safari company and a global foundation focusing on community based wildlife conservation in Kenya. He recently passed on to the next generation his managing director role, which he held for over 30 years. He remains a full time real estate partner as well as a principal and director of Hall and Hall Incorporated.