Jim Rudolph lives in Clearwater, Florida but grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1976, he graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg. In 1980 he graduated from Gupton Jones College in Atlanta.
After graduation from the Gupton Jones College in Atlanta, Jim worked with a local funeral home for many years.
In 1992 Jim founded a national training company for funeral service. He has provided continuing education training and consulting in 46 states. Jim was the keynote speaker at the prestigious Cremation Association of North America’s International Convention in Montreal in 1996. He has hosted a funeral service Think Tank in Scottsdale, AZ every January for 21 years.
In 2000 Jim founded Veterans Funeral Care, the nations first funeral home serving veterans and their families exclusively. Through it’s provider network, they are providing services in 40 states.
When not working, Jim is an avid backcountry hiker. Favorite hikes are the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Longs Peak, Estes Park, Colorado and the Lost Dutchman trail in Apache Junction, Arizona. He also is a huge fan of the HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.” He built and maintains web sites for two of the stars of that series, www.CarwoodLipton.com and www.JoeToye.com
Jim has been married to the former Kim Nelson of Clearwater, Florida for thirty-five years. They met at a Youth function as teenagers at First Assembly of God Church in Clearwater. They are still members today. They have two grown children, Jimmy and Joel along with a beautiful daughter-in-law, Jordan.