Mr. Boyd, born in Bentonville, Arkansas, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s Degree in Operations Management, also from the University of Arkansas. Additionally, he has over 30 years of management and leadership experience. His electrical career began in high school as an apprentice electrician and continued throughout his college years to follow. James served 12 years of active duty in the Air Force from 1973 to 1985 in Logistics and as a Titan II ICBM Launch Officer. He held a “Top Secret” military clearance that involved a comprehensive background investigation into every aspect of his public and private activities.
From 1985 to 1990, he was a Real Estate Broker Associate and Real Estate Securities Broker-Dealer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During that time he worked for the leading Real Estate syndication firms in the state of New Mexico: Jack Clifford and Company and RJ Schaefer and Associates. Mr. Boyd worked directly on such projects as Class A office buildings, high-rise medical offices, business parks, commercial and industrial land syndications, and a “AAA” rated RV park. His career in real estate was curtailed by the real estate crash of the late ’80s. He left the Clifford Company to work with the Schaefer Company in 1986. Mr. Boyd continued to work independently in the real estate business after leaving the Schaefer Company in 1987 and had also remained in the active Air Force Reserves after leaving active duty.
In 1990, Mr. Boyd was employed by the Air Force in a nuclear weapons activity and worked in a number of high-level government positions including that of Air Force Civilian Career Program Manager at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. In 1998 he graduated from the Dale Carnegie Course receiving the Dale Carnegie Highest Award for Achievement. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Boyd served a three-year active-duty tour at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; where he worked a special project that involved direct participation in a RAND Corporation study. This active-duty tour coincided with the 911 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. He retired in June 2003, as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force Reserves with 30 years of combined active-duty and reserve experience. He is a Vietnam Era Veteran and directly participated in the winning of the Cold War by serving as a Titan II Missile Launch Officer.
He founded Premier CIRE Systems in 2002 while completing his active-duty assignment with the Air Force Reserves. That company grew from a two man operation with annual sales of $28,000 to a million dollar plus commercial electrical contracting and solar installation company. The company employed up to 20 full-time members and had a portfolio of quality commercial projects such as National Tire and Battery, Kirkland’s Home Stores, Icing by Claire, Freddy’s Frozen Custard Restaurants, Allied Institute of Medicine, The Shops at Creekside in New Braunfels, Texas, and others. In addition it had a service customer base that included H-E-B Food Stores, US Maintenance Services, Pilot Truck Centers and the McKenna Foundation. Premier originally focused on commercial electrical construction, and commercial service and repair. In 2007 the company added solar energy development and installation to its list of services. Beginning in 2008 the company had completed small distributed generation projects and had competed for large array solar generation development contracts.
On 31 October 2009, Premier CIRE-Systems permanently closed so that Hoss could focus all of his attention on commercial solar development and integration. On 23 November 2009, Hoss founded Tierra Verde Solar Inc. The new company picked up where the old one left off, by designing and building a number of small commercial solar projects. Tierra Verde (meaning “Green Earth”) completed its first solar project in December 2009. In 2013, Hoss formed TeraVolt Energy with a broader focus on solar project development and electricity brokerage.
As a supporter of Green Energy and energy conservation, Hoss is a member of the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum and the Energy Reliability of Texas Emerging Technologies Working Group.
In 2009 Hoss was accepted into the MENSA organization. He is an active member of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels Texas, where he has served in the church music program and on a team that accounts for and deposits weekly church contributions. He holds the rank of Third Degree Black Belt in Soryu Karate (the fourth level Black Belt in the Soryu style of Karate) as a martial arts instructor.
In October 2010, Hoss was awarded the Certified PV Professional Installer national certification by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). He was at that time only one of less than ten Texas licensed Master Electricians to receive this national solar certification.