Jim Ricketts / President & Chief Operations Officer
Jim Ricketts came to Opportunity Education as an experienced businessman, securities attorney, arbitrator, and instructor. Jim's primary career as Vice President of TD Ameritrade with assignments that included acquisition, legal, compliance and brokerage firm management.
Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of Automation-X Corporation, an industry leader in oil and gas technology products. He serves FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as an arbitrator and past founding member of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD) e-Brokerage Committee, as well as a member of Nebraska's Department of Education Council of International Education. He taught Business Law and Real Estate Law as ajunct professor at a Colorado college. Prior to law school, Jim was a Mountain States Zone Manager for a manufacturing firm.
Jim received his Jurist Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, and undergraduate degree from Wayne State College, Nebraska. He holds Bar Admission in California Revered Mr. Ricketts was ordained a permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese of Omaha after a four year theology program. He serves Jesus Christ in various ministries in the Church. Jim Ricketts was honored with the Louisiana College Trustee's Distinguished Service Award (2013) and Wayne State College Alumni Achievement Award (2015).
Jim's extensive background in serving people and businesses as an attorney and manager for 30 years, provides him with the understanding to help in challenging international situations. His background and experience allows him to assist his brother Joe in addressing the issues to lead OEF Staff to support the educational needs of students and teachers in developing countries.