When James was in 7th grade, his mom bought him a book about HTML. Delighted, he set to work figuring out how to build his first website. James went on to study digital media at University of Central Florida, where he learned to marry his expert coding skills with artful, deliberate design. He moved to the D.C. area in 2012, bringing his WordPress expertise and passion for fried pickles (which he believes are the pinnacle of culinary achievement).

The Orlando native doesn’t fault D.C. for its lack of palm trees, though he has remained tenaciously loyal to UCF football and basketball. James relaxes by jamming on the drums, guitar, and his PlayStation controller.