Jim's Projects!

Who is Jim?

I was born in May of 1957, and raised in a suburb of Buffalo, New York, called Snyder. My  Mom's name was Nancy, and my Dad was Carl Stuart. I only have one sister (Susan), and she is 4 years older than I am. I spent those early years in a very normal, “middle-class” household, and attended the Amherst Central High SchooI that I walked about 2 miles to get to each day, until the age of 18. When I was young, I was also an avid (snow) skier and tennis player, and spent a great deal of my time doing both.

In 1975, after graduating from high school, I headed off to college at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I then spent 3 years in the beautiful “Rocky Mountians” as a "pre-med" biology major, intending someday to become a doctor. After 3 years of that, I finally came to the conclusion that the world of medicine was not for me. I then went on to attend the Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado.

In Leadville, I took classes in “Ski Area Technology", which included courses in everything from ecology and forest management, to "snow-cat" driving, to ski patrol techniques, to avalanche control, to ski lift operations, to emergency medical training procedures. I met many people there, and ended up becoming a ski instructor at one of North America's largest and most respected ski resorts which is just a short drive from Leadville, called Vail. In the summer I worked in many positions, including as a “mountain guide” on Vail Mountian, and also as a member of the “trail crew” at a new near-by ski area called Beaver Creek. I worked on the logging crew at Beaver Creek, helping to cut the new ski runs. That was before it ever even opened to the public in 1980. So I got to know all about Beaver Creek before most people even knew that it existed. It was a fun, but challenging summer, in many, many ways. While in Leadville, I also had the opportunity to learn how to shoot and edit video, which was still a new thing in 1979. It led me to the next stage of my life, which was to return to Western New York where I grew up, and begin a small video production company with my sister.

Upon returning to New York in 1982, I immediately went back to school and got my Bachelors Degree in "Journalism and Broadcasting" from the University of New York at Buffalo. I graduated with my B.A. in December of 1983, and then again felt the urge to head "out west" one more time. This time I went to Los Angeles to try and get into the TV or movie production industry. I ended up spending about a year and a half in Los Angeles, where I worked for the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee, and worked at the "International Broadcast Center" in Hollywood, where the broadcasts went out all over the globe, covering the many different sporting events. That was a very fun time for me. The rest of it did not go as I had hoped, however, so I once again returned home to Western New York.

That is when I began a small video production company with my sister, Susan, and we called it STB Productions. You can see descriptions of some of our videos, and see samples of the full-color boxes, by going to http://www.stb-video-productions.webs.com/. STB produced it's first video in 1989. My primary interest was with the "creative end" of the business, and I did all the different aspects from shooting the video, to doing the "still" photography for the video boxes, to editing the finished product for sale to the public. In fact, my video work got me listed in “Who’s Who in America” about 15 years in a row. The tapes, though mainly beautiful scenes of nature, also included videos for helping nursing home and hospice patients to enjoy activities that they could not get out to do for themselves anymore. These included Country Fairs, Zoos, and Christmas Festivals. Though we never made a lot of money doing these videos, it has been very satisfying to know that my tapes are being enjoyed by, and benefiting people across North America, even to this day. 

But my entire focus now is on making “Jim’s Projects” all that it can become! This latest step in my life, starting in 2004 and right up to now in 2015, is by far the most meaningful endeavor I have ever set out to accomplish. And with a little luck, some “divine intervention”, and with the assistance of good people like you, "Jim's Projects" will go on to accomplish more with each passing day, month, and year. I hope you will now become a part of our team too, and together we can make this "vision" happen for hundreds, and hopefully even thousands of people around the globe!

Thanks again for caring...

                               -From Jim, and All of Us at "Jim's Projects"-  

personal e-mail: jsw147@hotmail.com

street address: 71 Rinewalt Street, Williamsville, NY 14221- USA