Jim Simons

Vice Chairman of the Board, Field Operations

James received his commission in the United States Army from Michigan State University in 1976.  He served as a Military Policeman for his entire career.  His assignments ranged from the United States to seven years in West Germany. Highlights include Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Deputy Installation Provost Marshal, Battalion Operations Officer, Community Provost Marshal, and Battalion Executive Officer.  He retired in 1994.  His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab. 

Following his retirement from the Army, James was recruited for the position of Financial Advisor serving military professionals and their families at Minot, North Dakota.  James assisted thousands of individuals and families with their insurance and investment needs and kept them on track to achieve their financial goals.  James has been active with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors since 1997.  He twice served as the Minot Chapter President.  He served as the State Association’s Secretary, Vice President, and President.  He also served on the State Board as the Chairman of the Membership Committee and Government Relations Committee.  He would routinely meet with members of the North Dakota Legislature and members of the US Congress.

James has been active with the Air Force Association since 1998.  He has been awarded the Medal of Merit, Exceptional Service Award, the Chairman Citation, the Mary Ann Thompson Award in 2009 and the AFA Member of the Year in 2014.