Jim Benson served a 31-year career in Eastman Chemical Company, Division of Eastman Kodak. He later moved to a Startup Law Enforcement Software Company, SmartCOP. He later served tutoring students for college applications & Testing with Academic Center for Testing, LLC. He has previously served with Boys & Girls Club in Kingsport, TN, Parks & Recreation in Kingsport, TN,  Chairman of Chemical Distributors Product Stewardship Committee.

He is married to Terry Benson, previously Pensacola High School IB teacher: now, President of Academic Center for Testing, LLC. A tutoring company preparing students for taking ACT, SAT, and PSA Tests for college entrance. They have three children and 7 grandchildren.