James H. Hobson is the president of E-Platform Marketing, LLC. Known to friends and associates as "Jim", he has over twenty-five years of real world business experience including field level sales and marketing, senior managment and entrepreneurship with operations ranging from small business to Fortune 100 environments. Jim has leveraged this knowledge, along with a passion for helping businesses to grow, to build a very successful internet marketing company, based in metro Atlanta, Georgia, with clients nationwide. The following is Jim's story . . .
It was shocking as a young man to learn that many people in business (and government!) are motivated by power, greed and ego. Long ago I committed that if I ever had my own business it would be an environment where there were rules and expectations on personal conduct, as well as a robust application of integrity and honesty on client interactions. My personal business philosophy is to focus on the client and the money will follow. Any business that focuses on the money will be a business that is reviled (hello yellow pages).
In the beginning I contemplated career paths ranging from law enforcement or career military to being an attorney or geologist. I chose to pursue Geology which I found very interesting however I could not find a passion for advanced mathmatics. Being more of a "people person" I switched to the field of marketing, and graduated in 1983 with a degree in Industrial Marketing. Upon graduation I came to realize that in order to make a good living, my marketing degree had it's greatest value when used to find a good sales position. With that in mind I moved into what would come to be a very rewarding career path.
A sales career improves a person because you must always increase your intelligence, social skills, organization and scheduling skills, as well as develop stamina and tenacity. A sales career will also help you to define, good or bad, your ethics and morals. Sales afforded me the opportunity to live in different parts of the United States, and travel to other countries. The net benefit, relative to my career, is that I have been introduced to varying cultures, thought processes and practices. It is a natural extension of my childhood in Louisiana where we know how to blend cultures and have fun in life. All of this has definitely shaped me as an individual, husband and father.
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, and doing volunteer work coaching youth football or youth baseball. I also mentor college students in business and marketing disciplines. As a former student-athlete I understand the important life skills that can be learned on the playing field. I enjoy having the opportunity to help instill confidence, knowledge, and personal discipline in the young people I meet. I believe that serving as a positive influence can help to build the good character traits that youth need to be successful in life.
I thank my parents for raising me in an atmosphere of civility and decency. This is certainly because my family holds traditional Christian and Southern values, respects the value of an education, and shares a long standing participation in the United States military. Discipline, honor and loyalty are just a few of the values I took with me from my parent's home and into my business career. I appreciate every second my parents spent to raise me well, and keep me out of trouble.
I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three terrific children, a life in the greatest country the world has ever known, a group of kind and decent friends, and a good business. I express my greatest thanks in my praise to God, my family and my clients as I seek to make the best of every day that I am given.