In addition to working with computer software for more than 30 years, James has the odd college degree (a BA in Mathematics), has produced cable television (about the first lunar landing), has appeared as a guest expert on television (for Y2K), has been a director of training and written and directed training videos, has developed a Computer-based Political Campaign Management System and consulted with several political campaigns, consulted on the Harvard University Alumni System, and been an international professional speaker, and has worked as a personnel recruiter, a quality specialist, a marketing coach, a ghost writer and editor, an ebook, book and manual design consultant, the voice on audio products and a search engine optimization professional.
In the summer of 1969, while the USA was landing on the moon, James, and 5 other high school students, formed a television production company and talked their way into the Joint Industry Press Center at NASA (outside Houston). In addition to filming an onsite interview with Jules Bergman, ABC Science editor, James was in the press center at the moment of first lunar contact.
In the summer of 1970, between his Junior and Senior years in high school, James Huggins attended a National Science Foundation Summer Program. There he learned Fortran on an IBM 1620.
Since that summer, for more than 30 years, he has worked continually with computer software, on machines including the IBM 1620, RCA Spectra 70, IBM 1130, System 34, 36, and 38, IBM 360, 370, and subsequent mainframes, the DEC 11/XX series and the VAX, the Hewlett Packard 3000 and 9000, and, of course, the PC, including CP/M, DOS, OS/2 and Windows.
In the fall of 1970, he took his first data processing job, programming in Basic on an RCA Spectra 70 for his high school near the NASA Space Center outside of Houston.
After high school, James attended the University of Dallas where he taught himself COBOL and Assembler, worked in the computer center and developed an Applicant, Student and Alumni Information System, an Accounts Payable System and a Telecommunications Tracking System. Serving as Student Government President his Senior year, he graduated Cum Laude in 1975 with the odd degree: a BA in Mathematics.
From 1975 to 1986, he worked with and for a variety of organizations, The Coastal Corporation (oil and gas), Stalsby & Wilson (oil and gas software), Image Dynamics (political campaign software) and American Management Systems (business software).
From 1986 to 1997 he served on the staff of COMSYS, an Information Systems Professional Services company.
While at COMSYS, James enjoyed a variety of engagements, including Arkla Natural Gas in Shreveport, Louisiana, exxon Company USA in Houston, Lomas Mortgage in Dallas, MBNA Information Services in Dallas and Delaware and Fedex in Memphis. Government engagements included the Department of Natural Resources in Missouri and the Department of Transportation in Kansas.
From February 1991 through March 1993, James served as Corporate Director of Training and education at COMSYS company headquarters in Dallas. He developed, coordinated and packaged internal training for the firm's Software engineers, developed a region-based training and education program for the firm and conducted fee-based training for COMSYS customers.
In March of 1993 James transitioned to a new role as Senior Technologist. In addition to billable engagements, he performed marketing and sales functions as an Account Manager and recruiting functions as a project recruiting specialist.
In February of 1996, he joined the Management Services group within COMSYS, with primary responsibilities within the Y2K practice. He COMSYS' principal speaker on the Year 2000 problem.
He also served as a corporate Quality Specialist, working with the COMSYS' Total Quality Management program.
In May 1997 James left COMSYS and joined Softworks as Director of extended Services. While with Softworks, James represented the firm through public speaking engagements, in the US and Europe. He also developed and deployed an innovative program recruiting individuals from outside information technology field, training them, and then deploy them as software engineers for a telecommunications customer in Dallas. In addition, he served as an information and advisory resource for both corporate and regional management.
Today, James works through his corporation, The Eclectic Power
In addition, James is developing a series of ebooks, to assist small business owners with the fundamental technology issues they must conquer to succeed in business today.
In his spare time he reads, writes and works on his personal website.
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