Jim Barber was born in La Porte, Indiana, to working class parents in 1948. From his parents, he learned the values of hard work, responsibility and benevolence. Always a top student, he also excelled in athletics.
Jim attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, on a full-ride scholarship. He was a three-year letter winning student-athlete starting as an offensive guard on Ball State’s football team. His interests guided him to a double major in mathematics and computer science with a minor in business marketing.
Upon graduation, Jim was employed at a major telecommunications company where he would end up working for 32 years. He grew through various technology positions into upper-level management with nationwide responsibilities. His strengths in organization, planning and servant-leadership were highly recognized and awarded as he often breathed new life into struggling areas of business. Challenging his entrepreneurial skills, he became a partner in a start-up business/technology integration firm for nearly five years. The business earned national recognition as one of the top 100 new businesses in America in 1997.
After an early retirement in 2007, Jim pursued his lifelong hobbies of genealogy, writing and photography. His first two books were born out of these combined interests, his first book, From New York to Indiana, being a history of his family from 1786. His second book, The Collector, the Guide and the Bone Digger, is a biography of a relative who worked as a paleontologist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Jim’s thoroughness and attention to detail were demonstrated by the meticulous research required for these two works.
Jim's recent book, The Gifted Way to Manage Your Career, is a business/personal development book based on his business career experiences and his faith. This book takes the reader through career development based upon The 5-Phase Career Model that Jim developed. His approach is a refreshing look into this topic.
The second edition of The Collector, the Guide and the Bone Digger, a biography of Charles M. Barber that has been updated with new material, including some stories penned by Charles himself from the very early 1900s.
Jim's newest book, Recollections of a Museum Collector, contains the memoirs of Charles M. Barber. There are 28 stories written by Charley in the 1940s that relate his travels and adventures from about 1886 to 1908. Charley provides us with an account of his role as a museum collector for the Field Museum of Natural History at a time when it took an individual of rugged character who could maintain the rigor of a natural scientist to deliver our natural history to the masses. His accounts are entertaining with both high adventure and witty humor.
Jim and Marti live in Warsaw, Indiana, where their greatest joy is in their role as grandparents of four granddaughters and two grandsons.