My name is Jim Paar, life hasn’t been all roses. I have learned to leap forward as I reached obstacles and challenges in life. My failures have made me who I am today.
I’ve always dreamed big, wanted to make something of my life, and become a household name. I starting working at 3 months old as a child actor in Hollywood. My first commercial was an Armstrong Tile commercial throwing baby food on the floor, yes that didn’t take much effort. I worked with a variety of actors and actresses including Jody Foster, Michael Landon, James Gardner, Tony Curtis, Prince, and many more. I was always in entertainment, my mom worked with Liberace, the world-famous pianist, actor, and singer.
When I was 12, my parents moved us out of California away from Hollywood to Minnesota, what a wake up call that was. From big city to little town called North Branch and the coldest place I’ve ever experienced. My mom and dad did not want us growing up in the movie business with all the drugs and scandal.
I learned at an early age to grow up very fast. I was an average guy in school, curly hair, and was somewhat popular but not the star athlete. I was one of those guys that always got picked last for a team. In fact I dropped out of high school in my junior year and took off to California from Minnesota with my pregnant girlfriend at the time. I felt as though I was invisible, lets just say the life challenges began.
I have always had a passion for helping others. I started his career in Emergency Services in Los Angeles in 1987. I went to training to become a firefighter and paramedic in Inglewood, California. This is truly the profession that woke me up to see how precious life is. I experienced tragedy every day, it wasn’t uncommon for me to pick up 4 to 6 shooting and stabbing victims during a 24-hour shift. After moving to Minnesota, I worked as a Flight Paramedic for 17 years.
After many years working in emergency services and risking my life everyday and after losing my brother and sister-in-law in a general aviation crash, I made a 180 in life. I told myself I would never work for someone else till the day I died.
In 1998 I opened my first restaurant of three. I can remember a day I received a phone call from my former boss that I hated at the time. He was inquiring about booking my restaurant for their employee Christmas party. He said, oh you found a job working at the restaurant, my response no, I won the damn place, any other questions? One of the best days of my life, to be able to tell your former boss you don’t need him anymore.
This experience really opened my eyes to how many people in this world working for someone else and making a crappy wage. This is one of the reasons I started coaching people into starting their own business. I get so much reward seeing my students putting in their two week notice because they have surpassed the income they were making in the first 30 days of my course.
I was the founder of The National Clean Air Green Tour. The Green Tour ran from 2007 to 2011 working with many Fortune 500 companies promoting the sustainability portion of their products. I spoke at many national green conferences and is winner of the National Green Summit Award for my efforts. The National Clean Air Green Tour planted millions of trees, rebuilt parks, and clean up hundreds of miles of roadways. The National Clean Air Green Tour is what gave me my direction into marketing because so many large advertising agencies were taking advantage of great companies.
I am the founder and inventor of the world-famous porta-potty advertising wrap. I hold multiple patents for this type of advertising, check it out here , I’ve worked with the PGA, PGA Champions Tour, NASCAR, Indy Racing and latest campaign was for Paramount Pictures movie “Bad Grandpa” with Johnny Knoxville.
I went through many challenges with this company including a two-year federal court battle to save my invention. I major corporation was trying to steal it. I know the battles of starting a new business and I will help walk you through those challenges from my own experiences.