James has over 22 years of experience as a leader in marketing strategies, financial planning, and management leadership across the banking, restaurant, and service industries.
James is a Vice President in Commercial Banking at BB&T Bank in Dallas. He assists firms in the $15m to $250m Revenue space invest, borrow, and manage their money and other assets. James is also part of an international consulting team that helps firms in the U.S. make smart investment decisions and create business partnerships with firms in Sub-Saharan Africa.
James began his career as a Marketing Analyst with AXA Advisors in New York, NY. Over the next 10 years he worked as an Investment Advisor and Commercial Banker with JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America.
An entrepreneur at heart, James would spend the next 8 years as the Area Vice President of Waffle House Inc. At Waffle House James managed all aspects of operations and sales for over 35 stores in Dallas Fort Worth and Denver Colorado.
Leveraging those experiences, James founded The Tarpeh Group, LLC in 2010. From 2010 to 2016 TTG, LLC owned and operated a Pump It Up Franchise in Fort Worth (A Birthday Party and Team Building Event Center). TTG, LLC also has a Business Consulting arm that prepares small businesses to source capital, and develop marketing strategies and business plans.
When he is not spending time with his daughters, James pours his time into the lives of others through his board service and his weekly mentoring at local Dallas area high schools. James is very active in his church, and serves on the boards of S.M.I.L.E.S. (Chairman), Homeward Bound Inc. (Finance Committee Leader), the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center (Vice Chairman), Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce (501c3 Board), and Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute.
Most of his board activities and personal time is spent in the realm of helping others find pathways out of poverty via education, personal development, job training, and job placement.
A native of Monrovia, Liberia, James spent his early years in Monrovia, Pittsburgh, and Northern Virginia. He maintains strong family ties and business interests in Liberia and West Africa in general. He is the proud father of two girls, Johrdyn, 14, and Sidrah, 9, both honor students at The Greenhill School in Dallas. James earned his MBA from The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, and a BA in Finance from Morehouse College.