V. R. (Jim) Damiano, Jr. is semi-retired. In
his spare moments from actively writing, he spends
time consulting for insurance and bond clients.
After obtaining a degree in Retail Business
Management from Mohawk Valley Community College in
1965, Jim started his insurance career in Syracuse
as a bond underwriter trainee for United States
Fidelity and Guarantee. At age 21, he became the
youngest Bond Manager in this company’s history. He
worked for various insurance companies over the next
eighteen years, serving in management. In 1975 he
was transferred to Atlanta Georgia, where he had a
chance to develop his love for American History and
the Civil War.
1980, Jim transferred to Dallas, Texas where he was
introduced to Texas history. Over the next sixteen
years this move served to introduce his three
wonderful children, Cheryl, James, and Becky, to
three marvelous Texans, Shane, Candace, and Chris,
all high school sweethearts.
In 1983, tired
of moving, Jim started his own Insurance Agency with $1,000. It
grew successfully to a state-wide organization under his
guidance. In 1998, a New York Stock Exchange Insurance Company
looking for acquisitions made him an offer he could not refuse.
After working for the new owners, for one year as a Surety Vice
President, Jim was forced to resign, due to ill health.
Jim holds a
Charted Property and Casualty Underwriter’s, CPCU, professional
insurance designation, class of 1972. His first passion is
writing poetry. Several of his works have been published,
including some found in his first novel, 2020: A Season to
Die and second novel, Rosa's Story.
resigning from full-time insurance and surety work, he has
dabbled in real estate, insurance sales and consulting, farming,
poetry, his loves for all things historical, and most important
lives on his pecan farm outside McKinney, Texas with Betty, his
wife and best friend for the past forty years, their cat,
Blue and their dog, Ranger.
Betty and Jim
enjoy spoiling their grandchildren, Justin, Taylor, Savannah and
Jim is an avid student of American History, with special
emphasis on the Civil War. He continues to travel extensively
throughout the United States visiting battlegrounds, libraries,
monuments, and museums that deal with the Civil War. Jim Damiano
has read a great deal of the body of literature regarding the civil war,
has studied other related material and brings this depth of knowledge
and understanding to his writing.