After retiring from the U.S. Army Chemical Corps as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Contamination Avoidance Subject Matter Expert (SME) in 1994, James became the Manager of Safety and Emergency Management for a medium-sized municipality in central Florida. He served with distinction during the 2004 Hurricane Season as three named storms swept through Central Florida in about a 6 weeks period of time. He continues in both positions and capacity today. Amongst other duties, James is a member of the local LEPC serving central Florida, a member of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force-Tampa Bay, and a member of the West Coast ASSE chapter
James has published numerous articles and publications including articles in Professional Safety, as well as a contributory author to ASSE’s Professional Safety Handbook. Other works include the U.S. Army Field Manual on Chemical-Biological Contamination Avoidance, 1992 edition; and Nuclear Contamination Avoidance, 1992 edition.
Since 1987, James has also been an Adjunct Instructor for various colleges and universities, including the University of Alaska, Central Texas College, and Florida Southern College.
James is a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Chemical Officer's Advanced Course. Some of his achievements include earning recent recognition from the State of Florida Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for reducing the potential's of hazardous materials. Further, James has earned the following certification and degrees: the Associate of Risk Management (ARM) certification from the Insurance Institute of America; Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals; Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) certification from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA); and earning a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Murray State University. He is also a Graduate of the U.S. Army Logistics College and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Amongst other areas of expertise, James is an authorized instructor for OSHA classes for General Industry (1910), and Construction (1926). Further, James authorized instructor through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) for Incident Command
James and his wife Cherry have four children.
James Olds is currently working on his Ph.D. at Northcentral University in Business Administration with a concentration in homeland security.