Jim Martin is a native Texan. He graduated from the University of Texas Austin in 1966 and received his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1967. He served as a US Navy Supply Officer LT from 1967 to 1969, with a far-east cruise. Jim married Jeanine in Riverside, California, in November of 1969, and he joined ExxonMobil in 1970 as CPA. In his career he has worked in Houston, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Anchorage, Houston, Jakarta Indonesia, Singapore and Bangkok Thailand. He and Jeanine have two children, Greg and Jennifer, and two granddaughters. In 2000, Jim retired to Washington State, and he worked as consultant in Canada, Houston, Dallas, Russia, Australia, West Africa (five countries), Papua New Guinea. In mid-2015, he and Jeanine moved to Santa Fe NM in and joined First Presbyterian Church shortly thereafter.