Norman “Bubba” James grew up in a home alongside the banks of the Magnolia River in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. His love for boating began when, at the tender age of five, his grandparents allowed him to drive them in their boat around the river to go fishing. His family ate seafood they had caught while fishing almost daily. By the age of 14 Bubba had worked and raised enough money to purchase his very own 18’ Tri Hull boat. He enjoyed his teenage years fishing, water skiing, and knee boarding.
At the age 16 Bubba’s started working for the Orange Beach Marina as a dock hand. It was this job that furthered his love for boating throughout his life. In March 2017 this continued passion for the water led Norman to join the brokerage team at United Yacht Sales Emerald Coast division in Orange Beach, Alabama. His passion for people and professional skill set ensured a smooth transition from land to water sales.
Norman E. James, Jr. launched his professional career at the age of 18. In 1990 he assumed the position of CEO, Owner, and Operator of Household Termite and Pest Control in Foley, AL. He spent the next 25 years operating a successful business that provided termite and pest control services to Baldwin County and surrounding areas. In 2014, Norman’s company was purchased by a national brand and he began to delve into other career interests and opportunities.
Norman’s certifications include Alabama Certified Pest Control Operator, Florida Certified Pest Control Operator, and Mississippi Certified Pest Control Operator. He is a member of Business Network International where he has held several positions through the years including, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Education Coordinator. He was also an active member in area local Chamber groups in which he participated in meetings, networking, and promotional events. In 2012, Norman was awarded the Eastern Shore Chamber’s Environmental Award.
In 2015, Norman partnered with another business professional to form Proven Business Solutions LLC. The business-consulting firm provided mentoring and services to the small business owners of Baldwin County.
In his free time Norman enjoys coastal living and spending time with his son, Korbin, at his home in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He also enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, cooking, reading, and traveling.