James Best is the author of The Shopkeeper,Leadville, Tempest at Dawn, The Shut Mouth Society, and The Digital Organization. James has ghost-written two books, two regular magazine columns, and numerous journal articles. As a conference speaker, he has made presentations throughout North America and Europe.

James has been the COO of Vista Software, The Scottsdale Center for Business Technology, and Grand Circle Corporation. He was chairman of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for College of the Canyons, and a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for California State University, Northridge

James now writes full time and lives with his wife, Diane, in Paradise Valley, Arizona.