Owner and Business Manager
In 1975 Jim, in his early twenties acquired a contractors license and started his own construction business.
He started by buying a couple lots on spec in a new subdivision called 'Carmel Views' at the mouth of Carmel Valley. With the completion of these homes his father and a friend backed Jim of additional homes. Jim completed 8 homes in this subdivision and followed this with more construction up at Quail Lodge and up on Dormody Rd. in the gated community of San Clemente Rancho.
Though Jim's business was thriving after five years the interest rates began to make building homes on speculation a less secure investment. In 1980 his step-father Warren Knapp felt it was time to retire. Jim had successfully built over 20 homes, with custom cabinets, doors, and windows but decided it was a good time to make a career change and bought his step fathers business- Knapp Mill & Cabinet Company.
Though Jim was the young new owner of an established business, his seasoned staff of cabinet makers and his step-dad's office manager, Mildred Raymen respected his construction background and were there to help. Mildred had been with the company since 1963 and provided a smooth transiton for Jim, she could read plans better then most architects and contiued to work beside Jim till she retired at the age of 93
Jim continues to provide great leadership, business savy and the knowledge that customers want high-quality work, that is reliably provided in a timely fashion at affordable prices and continues with this straight forward approach knowing this has what made Knapp Mill & Cabinet Company a successful busines for this long.