Rivas is a New Orleans native that was
born in 1962 at a New Orleans Area Hospital.
He attended Christian Brothers Lower School,
De La Salle High, and University of New
Orleans. Jim earned an advanced degree
in Graphic Arts and Systems Engineering
from Rochester Institute of Technology
(RIT) in '85, and went to work for a packaging
printing and manufacturing company in Baltimore
immediately after graduation.
In 1987 Jim returned to
New Orleans to take over the operations
of an 80 year old family printing and business
forms manufacturing company, Rivas Business
Forms (RBF). In 1993, Jim closed that business
due to the rapid decline in the market for
pre-printed business forms brought about
by laser printing technology. During that
6 year stint, Jim took the company through
a complete re-organization and attained
profitability, only to have the market collapse
a couple of years later.
The day after closing
RBF, Jim opened a new company, Demand
Publishing, Inc, a company that was a
pioneer in the On Demand Printing industry.
Starting with very little capital, Jim
was able to grow this company rapidly.
As one of the first players in the high
service, fast turnaround On-Demand industry,
Jim was able to focus on large Fortune
500 company clients. Demand Publishing
remained in business until Hurricane Katrina
destroyed New Orleans in 2005. While,
the business facilities were not damaged,
the havoc caused by the scattering of
the employees proved too big an obstacle
to overcome. Jim had been out of active
management of that business since 2004.
During his time with
Demand Publishing, Jim also created a
highly profitable division of the company,
Showmaster Systems, which was a high-end
trade show support service and software
application service provider. The niche
service offering was centered around a
software system Jim wrote that was revolutionary
to the trade show industry. This system
allowed for real-time collection of data,
and real time, variable data printed marketing
publications to be published as show attendees
walked into the trade show. This system
is still widely used all across North
In the late 90's Jim introduced
online trade support systems to the fold.
Pre-Reg.com was created as a captive online
application service provider to trade show
sponsors, and enabled most of the functions
associated with organizing and pre-selling
of trade show merchandise to be done online.
This was another first in that industry,
and Jim's software model is still widely
used in the Merchandising Show sector.
Jim's business activities
in the 90's required that he travel extensively
in the continental US. Over a 10 year period
this pace of life took it's toll. In 1998
Jim was involved in a work related accident
where he severely damaged his spine in several
places, necessitating what became 6 spine
surgeries over 3 years. All during these
health struggles, Jim was working to keep
his companies growing. The physical and
mental toll was high.
In 2004 Jim went through
a divorce. The toll of the entrepreneurial
life had been too great. Later that year,
Jim became a single parent as his 2 teenage
daughters came to live with him, propelling
him to look into the Home Based Business
sector for a new career.
In late 2004, Jim got
started in the Internet Information Marketing
business, starting a distributorship for
an established Internet Publisher. While
it took a few weeks to figure out, Jim got
into a replacement income within 6 weeks.
By early 2005, it was
clear that Jim found his calling. The structure
of his business required networking, and
Jim developed systems that greatly automated
the Networking Process on the Internet.
Within 6 months, Jim became the top producer
in the world in direct sales information
marketing, from his home. In fact, he broke
all industry records in his rapid ascent.
Jim became a student
of Personal Development once he was initially exposed to PD in the Network Marketing Industry, and now teaches and coaches hundreds
of people in the finer points of mind set,
and mental toughness for success.
Jim hosts a live Free Tele-seminar
Getting in Your Game every Thursday
evening. To get information about accessing
that call or joining Jim's prosperity community,
simply opt-in to the mail list above.
In 2006, Jim opened InterProsperidigm
University, an educational business centered
on delivering the Internet Marketing, and
InterNetworking know how to aspiring small
business entrepreneurs. With a vision of delivering hard hitting, "no fluff" success training, he began work to put together a training company complete with life skills
training and technical training; essentially
everything an aspiring small business owner
would need to grow their business rapidly
and manageably. Jim will be bringing his
message to the masses via Internet Marketing
and Live Events, and showing people how
to globalize their business and cementing
long term client relationships. To learn
more visit www.NewProsperityParadigm.com.
In January 2007 Jim took another path in his life, and become
part of an upstart direct selling
program. He left Emerald Passport as the
all time Top Producer to get involved
in a business that was more focused on
Personal Development, a topic that he had
developed a great interest in during his
first 2 years in home based free enterprise.
With an eye on eventually opening his own company, Jim gained much industry experience in 2007 and 2008 while working with a couple of upstart networking programs. His unique and agressive approach catapulted him to be top earner in those 2 opportunities.
Jim began a marketing
training and sales training program that
launched using a webinar format in August
2007 called the Samurai
Sessions. As part of that training
series, Jim provides live webinar format
Internet Marketing training for beginners
as well as more advanced concepts. Designed
to teach in a format even the beginner
can understand, Jim has helped dozens of
people get started marketing on the Internet
with great success.
While marketing is 1
of the 2 cornerstones to success in free
enterprise, Jim clearly understands where
the rubber meets the road in the industry,
relationship building. Over the past 3
years, he has studied under some of the
top sales trainers and personal development
experts while having great success in his
own business. In March 2007, Jim was accepted
into an elite coaching program that introduced
him to a whole new level of sales, mastery
of the relationship building process. As
a result Jim's conversion rate quadrupled
while his time to make those results happen
was reduced by two thirds.
Jim has created a new
sales/selling concept that is the melding
of his experience and his advanced coaching
1 Relationships. He is releasing an
audio training series in October that focuses
on teaching these advanced skills as well
as the basics and foundational concepts
that are part of this new system.
Jim continues to host his weekly Getting in Your Game call, a free success training tele-seminar for any individual seeking to see inside the mind, and learn the actions and behaviors of an agreesive entrepreneur.
Jim is considered
"rainmaker" by his peers and he
subscribes to the "Think Huge"
mentality. To learn more, simply subscribe
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page in this web site.
Seminars and Workshops
LaSalle High '80
of New Orleans
Institute of Technology '85 -Printing
and Systems Engineering
- Passport to Prosperity
Wealth and Self Conference (3)
Victor Hanson - Mega Speaking
Harv Ecker - Millionaire Mind Intensive
Harv Ecker - Train the Trainer
Combs - Breakthroughs 1, More Heart Than
System - Ken McCarthy - Internet Marketing
Marshall Internet Marketing Renaissance
Cleveland Elite Coaching Program
Victor Hansen MEGA Inner Circle Member
Marshall Renaissance Roundtable Member
2006 - 2007
System Club - Ken Mc Carthy