Robert “Bud” James, Ph.D., M.Div., BSCIT, is our VP of Curriculum Development and Delivery, and one of our star instructors. He is a seasoned C-Level executive with more than 35 years of proven expertise in information technology, e-commerce, and systems management. His early training as an Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller shaped much of his leadership and instructional skills.
He has had a long career in Information Technology, working with well known industry leaders like Oracle, BEA, Unisys, and MySpace.com. In addition to running large software development organizations, he has been involved in starting up new companies, was a key player in creating internationally-based support organizations, and has held a broad range of hands-on, technical, leadership, and instructional roles.
Bud is a graduate of All Faiths Seminary International, is an ordained Interfaith Minister, and holds a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Spiritual Counseling. He is a Master Neuro-Linguistic Psychology Practitioner, and PAUSE Model Spiritual Counselor and Instructor, as certified by New Vistas International™. He is a Hypnotist Examiner and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, as certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. Bud is certified as an Enneagram in Business Coach by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Ph.D. and uses the Enneagram extensively in all his relationships. He is the co-author of the PAUSE Model of Spiritual Counseling™ which represents his life work.
A skilled orator and instructor, in addition to teaching Scuba Diving for decades (PADI Master Instructor #6554 with over 4,000 dives), he is a sought-after speaker and motivational coach. He has appeared on television (TechTV, UPN, & Microsoft Learn–TV) and numerous talk radio shows on various Internet security topics. He has been on several panels and conferences as a keynote speaker and presenter (Oracle Open World, VMworld, StorageWorld, Microsoft Summit Briefing, and others).