Jim entered the real estate business in 1973 after graduating from the University of Arkansas. He spent the first six years of his professional career working in Little Rock as an appraiser and obtained the commercial real estate appraisal MAI designation in 1980. In March of 1980, Jim moved into the commercial real estate brokerage business and formed his own commercial real estate company in 1990. He continues to lead Irwin Partners, a commercial brokerage, development, and investment real estate firm with offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jim serves national, regional and local clients in acquisitions, dispositions, counseling, restructuring, development and leasing services. He has handled transactions in the states of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Jim was awarded the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) designation in 2000. He served as President for the Arkansas Chapter of the Appraisal Institute in 1997 and in 2009.