Prior to becoming a Partner with Talbot Financial, LLC in 2015, Jim spent more than 20-years building his knowledge and expertise in the financial services industry. In 1994, Jim joined the Mutual Funds Division of Safeco Life & Investments. In 2004, he worked closely with Randy Talbot to divest from Safeco Corporation and create Symetra Financial Corporation.
Following a successful IPO in 2010 that launched Symetra as a publicly traded company, Jim served as Symetra's Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Investor Relations, responsible for corporate branding, communications and community relations. In addition, he served as Symetra’s primary liaison with the investment community and financial rating agencies, and was the COO of the Individual Life Division. Prior to Symetra, he was a financial advisor with Pacific Capital Consulting, a Seattle-based investment advisor.