Jim is a 1975 graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School, where he was a member of Rummel's first state championship baseball team. He attended the University of New Orleans (UNO) on a baseball scholarship and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He began his career as a financial advisor in 1979, which was the start of what is known today as Kropog Financial Group, LLC.

As an independent financial advisor, Jim creates customized investment and financial planning strategies that strive to help grow, manage, and transfer his client's wealth. In 1999, Jim earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, one of the premier designations in the financial services industry. In 2016, Jim earned the designation of Retirement Income Certified Professional®. Additionally, he holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24 registrations through LPL Financial.

Jim is a current board member of the West St. Tammany Business Alliance and of Family Promise of St. Tammany. He is also a member of the Northshore Business Council, which promotes economic development on the Northshore. He is a past board member of the Rummel High School Alumni Association and is an inductee into the Rummel Sports Hall of Fame. Jim has been married to his wife, Suzanne, since 1979. They have two children, Kelly and Ryan. They also have two beautiful grandchildren, Ella and Zachary. In his spare time, Jim enjoys exercising, reading, and traveling with Suzanne.