Born and raised in Boulder County, Jimmy grew up enjoying working with his hands. His introduction to construction came as an early teen by way of working along side his dad, building an addition on their house. From then on he spent his summers working as an apprentice for a local contractor giving him a glimpse into all aspects of construction.
Post graduation from Lyons High School Jimmy attended the University of Wyoming on a wrestling scholarship. Following his career as an NCAA athlete Jimmy secured a position as a carpenter with a large commercial construction outfit, specializing mostly in building schools. He quickly moved his way up through the company, eventually into the role of Superintendent, the youngest one the company had ever known. After gaining the experience he was seeking, Jimmy branched out on his own and Petra Custom Builders was born.
Today Jimmy lives just outside of Longmont with his four children; Karson, Sheldon, Lawson and Graceon. In addition to spending time with his family he enjoys playing golf and target range shooting.