James (Jim) Warren Carroll; born October 12, 1954), is an American entrepreneur, seminar director, businessman, screenwriter, composer, author, poker player and film director.
Jim Carroll was born in Dallas, the only son of James M. Carroll, an engineer, and Nola, “Jean” Carroll, a school teacher. He has two sisters. The older is Peggy Miller and the younger is Lisa Deford.
Complications arose shortly after Jim’s birth as he was born with a projectile vomiting disorder called Pyloric Stenosis. Attempts to feed him were useless and he almost died however, stomach relaxers were the cure. He was required to take them 30 minutes before every meal in hopes that he would keep his food down.
When Jim was ten years old, he was helping a friend retrieve a fishing lure. The friend jerked hard on the line and the lure slammed into Jim’s eye. The doctors said he would lose the eye, but after 6 days in the hospital with patches over his eyes, he recovered with minimal damage. If you look into his eyes, you will notice that his left pupil is larger than the right. If he looks at you with only his left eye, he will see two of you in his double vision and your color will be slightly off.
Jim was an exceptional athlete until he broke his leg in the six grade. While stepping out of one car, another car backed into the door and crushed his leg. Jim claims that he never recovered his speed and he lost his fearless instinct. From that point on Jim was a very determined wannabe athlete. He was never able to win a starting position on the Garland High School football or basketball team, but he probably put forth more effort than anyone on the team. His most enjoyable year in high school sports was when he was demoted to the B-Team. He became the team Captain and was the starting Quarterback for the season. He only weighed 135 pounds soaking wet, so it was the perfect fit for him. Unfortunately, his self-esteem was ingrained in his athletic ability and it became unhealthy for him. He quit the team his senior year and isolated himself from everyone except his high school girlfriend.
Jim’s early sexual life was confusing. Jim was encouraged by his parents and his girlfriend’s parents to kiss and play romantically while the parents watched and laughed. It seemed cute at age 6, but it started a life of sexual impurity that plagued Jim for most of his life. In addition to the being sexually active too early, Jim had been repeatedly molested by two older boys. In order to stop the abuse, Jim acted out destructively which resulted in Jim being punished. The molesting stopped, but the damage was done. Jim never told his family, parents or friends. Dr. Phil was the first to drag it out of him in 1988.
In typical isolation mode, Jim found himself driving around on December 31st, 1973 (New Year’s Eve) with nowhere to go. He was pulled over for speeding in the parking lot of Old Orchard Baptist Church. After the police officer left, Jim walked into the all night prayer chapel. None of this now seems coincidental, but at the time, this random set of circumstances left Jim with a transformed life. Jim had an encounter with God while spending the night in that chapel. In the middle of the night, he accepted Christ as his personal savior and friend.
Jim was still a loner but things changed rapidly when he met the trio of Biff Liebbe, John Otstott and Carol Seales in college. John had a way of opening Jim’s heart, Biff forced Jim out of his comfort zone, and Carol provided spiritual insight about God. It was during this time that Jim learned what it meant to love God and not just know about him. It was truly life changing. Jim’s personality grew and changed and he was off to the races.
While at Richland Jr. College, Jim’s athletic ability began to return. He set two weight lifting records. One record still stands today. Jim had never wrestled, but he tried out and won the starting spot of the renowned Wrestling Team the Richland Thunder Ducks.
With the encouragement of his friend, Biff, Jim began dancing during the Great Disco Era. Jim and his dance partners were so good that they won two trips to Vegas, one trip to Fort Lauderdale and every major contest in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. In 1976, Jim entered a dance marathon at UTA. Jim was able to raise more money for charity than all the fraternities and sororities combined. In addition, Jim and his partner, walked away winning every contest during the three grueling days.
During his Junior and Senior years, Jim attended University of Texas at Arlington. Jim was the founder of the wrestling team. Jim was a walk on and made the football team as a quarterback.
Jim was awarded the Athletic Coordinator of the Year at UTA. Jim’s intramural teams, “The Jolly Jivin Seals,” boasted 80 team players, and they competed in every sporting event on the campus.
Meanwhile, Jim became a very popular guy. He was nicknamed, Rainbow, because of his ability to throw a 60 yard, perfect spiral pass with deadly accuracy. Even without running for office, Jim was elected the Dorm President. It was a job he didn’t want, but he soon found that it had many great benefits. The HR Manager of General Motors approached Jim with a proposition. He needed college kids to work on Monday and Friday nights to make sure they had enough people to maintain the assembly lines. The pay was outrageously high, and Jim was the person that picked the workers. It helped pay for Jim’s last two years of college and he was able to graduate college with no debt. Jim also served as an RA in the dorm, not because he had applied for the job, but because the staff knew he controlled a large part of the dorm population. It all seemed like free money to him.
Jim was appointed to the President's Advisory Counsel for UTA. It was a rather humorous introduction to the team. Jim's nickname, "Rainbow", had become so popular that even the Dean's were using it. Nobody seemed to know his real name."
Jim initially registered at UTA to major in physics. Jim’s father was an engineer and the family culture leaned toward the sciences. Jim has always had an affinity for intellectual pursuits and was the chess champion in high school. Jim regularly played 5 people simultaneously, however, a reading disorder made his life miserable. He eventually changed his degree to Criminal Justice and soared through is last year and a half of college.
A life changing event occurred in 1976 while Jim was a junior in college. He attended a debate between a local preacher and Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the atheist leader best known for spearheading the fight with the Supreme Court to eliminate the Bible from school. The debate wasn’t real, and she was selling her atheist books inside a church along with beer and wine. Jim said a silent prayer and left. While sitting in his car he opened his bible and turned to the page where Jesus turned over the money changer’s tables in the temple. Not once, but twice, same story in different Gospels. Jim figured it was a sign from God that he was supposed to flip over the beer and book tables so he went back inside but hesitated. Jim’s attention was pulled back in when Madalyn Murray O'Hair stood up on a chair and pointed a finger at him and said, “I want all of you to go over to that table by that young man… and buy my books.” On queue, Jim flipped over the table, quoted Jesus’ rebuke which landed him in jail with a Class B Misdeamnor for Disrupting a Public Meeting. Unfortunately, this one act of youthful rebellion forever killed his dreams of a career with the Secret Service, FBI or CIA. God had better plans.
The battle that Jim had had with Madalyn Murray O’Hair became oddly prophetic during his 50th birthday party. His old friends roasted him with some of the old stories including this one. A young lady was attending the party and remembered this event happening when she was a child. She stated, “Because of what you did, my parents were too embarrassed to go back to that fake church; instead we went to a different one and both my parents and myself are now right with God and faithfully serving Him.”
Jim graduated in 1977 with a Criminal Justice degree from UTA.
Jim landed a job as a private investigator under the famous William C. Dear,, a Texas based private investigator. William C. Dear’s notable cases include the original steam tunnel incident involving James Dallas Egbert III, the murder of millionaire businessman Dean Milo in 1980, the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1981 and the Glen Courson murder case in 1986. Jim absolutely loved his job, but his wife hated him for it. She protested that he give up the job or give up the marriage. Bitterly, Jim quit his job.
In 1978, Jim became a professional bounty hunter. Jim was a one man team and used his investigative background to bring in up to 15 bail jumpers per week. The money was exciting and very profitable, but the job took its toll. Jim hated locking people back up. In addition the job was dangerous and because of Texas law, Jim could not carry a gun. Jim quit his job after chasing a gun runner through a house full of illegal firearms.
In 1979, Jim prayerfully decided to change career paths. With a criminal record, Jim would not be able to sign on with any reputable law enforcement agency. Jim decided that he wanted to be a sales representative for Ralston Purina. He walked into their office, gave his resume to the receptionist and announced, “I’m here for the job.” She responded, “I don’t see your name on the list.” Jim responded, “Double check. I’m definitely the one for the job.” The stunned receptionist grabbed the regional manager and Jim eventually won them over with determination and charisma. In his first year of employment, Jim was offered three promotions and became one of the top 4 sales reps that year, winning a trip to the Super Bowl and Disneyland.
In 1980, Jim and Robert Merino, a college friend, talked about starting a security guard company. Before they could even applied for a license, God started working in their lives. Jim’s next door neighbor was the general manager of HCB Construction Company. They were building the Trammel Crow towers in downtown Dallas. Jim’s wife had casually mentioned to the neighbor that Jim was thinking about starting a guard company. After the neighbor fired his security company he called Jim and said, “Get down here tonight and you have the contract.” That’s how it all started.
Jim has owned and operated security guard companies and alarm companies since 1980. Champion National Security, now employs more than 1,000 security officers nationwide and is one of the top 40 largest security companies in the nation.
Jim Carroll has had three published books. “Cover of Darkness”, which is an end-time thriller, was published by Huntington House and became their best-selling novel in 1990. In 1992, Huntington House published Jim’s novel, “Angel Vision.” “Angel Vision” is about a group of people trapped in the spiritual realm.
Jim’s third book, “Hollywood Dating Blunders”, was published by Skyward Publishing in 2001. It is a “How to have a healthy approach to dating” book. Jim used his experience teaching Sunday school in a singles department over a five year span to come up with the principles in the book.
In 2006, Jim Carroll produced and directed the movie, "Evil Behind You." The movie was released on DVD and is currently available in all major retail outlets. You can find information on this movie at Evil Behind You. Because "Evil Behind You" was a low budget movie and the majority of the cast and crew were college students, it is lacking in many areas. But for the amount of money spent, Jim claims it’s a masterpiece.
In 2010, Jim Carroll and Chris George began their musical collaboration when Jim approached Chris about doing the score for an upcoming movie project. Since then they both began contributing ideas and melodies to the project which eventually shaped itself into a large set of songs – big, epic themes in many different movie genres. They decided to collect these songs into several albums and have continued doing this unique arrangement today. Their albums and songs can be found through many digital music retailers including iTunes, Amazon mp3, Rhapsody, and Napster, to name a few.
In 1986, Jim attended YOU, (later changed to Pathways) a seminar conducted by Dr. Phil and Thelma Box. The seminar was a life changing experience. Jim had been unhappy in his marriage for a long time. Anger and bitterness had become a way of life. Jim resented his wife and hated being married. Dr. Phil broke through the anger and Jim was able to open up to others again. Jim went back and trained under Dr. Phil.
In 1994, with Dr. Phil’s encouragement, Jim created and The Road Adventure seminar using the best of everything he had learned from Dr. Phil and Thelma Box. The early seminars were having amazing results as a handful of people would attend each month. Unfortunately, Jim's unhappy home life robbed him of many of the incredible effects that the seminar was having on others.
The Road Adventure rapidly expanded to Arlington, Houston, Tyler, and more. The Road Adventure was a great success and was changing lives almost every week end. However, Jim’s emptiness at home eventually led to an affair and a fall from grace. Jim resigned his position, divorced and started over.
In 2002, Jim created The Marriage Boot Camp. After his divorce, Jim was determined to do everything in his power to learn what it would take to have a successful marriage. The Boot Camp was designed to use games, drills and exercises that enhanced the relationship between spouses.
In 2006, the Marriage Boot Camp’s success drew the interest of TV Networks. TLC was the first to shoot a series called Marriage Camp. Although it was the highest rated pilot in TLC history, they decided to abandon the program because it was considered too intense for their network.
In 2011, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed were experiencing relationship issues and the wedding they had planned was in jeopardy. Thinkfactory called The Marriage Boot Camp to the rescue. Jim and his team were able to patch the relationship back together and Gene and Shannon went on to a happy, successful marriage.
In 2012, Jim became a Dr. Drew Life Changer when his team was called to save the marriages of four of Dr. Drew’s most challenging couples. Again the team was successful and all the marriages made dramatic changes for the better.
In 2012 - 2013, Thinkfactory and WeTV brought the toughest challenge yet to Jim and his team. The idea was to stick five of the toughest Bridezillas and their spouses, with marriages on the rocks, in a reality house while Jim and his team attempted to save the marriages. The show was a big hit for WeTV.
In 2013, Jim and Elizabeth Carroll appeared on Fox News, Kathy Lee Show, CNN, Fox and Friends, Head Line News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Huffington Live, Arthur Kade, Glamour Magazine and many more while promoting the Marriage Boot Camp Bridezillas series.
In 2013, WeTV renewed the contract for Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas for a Season 2.
Jim has tinkered with other businesses throughout his life time. Some of the notables are Cool Cola. Jim created a vitamin infused soft drink that had fewer calories than Pepsi and Coke, while beating both products in a taste test. Unfortunately, the product was bought off the cola shelves by the competitors and landed in the health food section.
Jim also created the first over the counter teeth whitener. Miracle Smile took the ingredients that dentists used to whiten teeth, and became the leader in home teeth whitening kits. However, the FDA ruled that it was an over the counter drug and forced the destruction of over a million dollars worth of product or criminal prosecution. Two weeks after all the product was destroyed, the FDA sent a letter and said Jim could continue selling the product, but that the FDA could change their mind at any time. Jim felt like he was strong armed by the government and dentists lobbyists. He sued the government for damages and lost.
Jim has been married three times. At age 23, in 1977, he married Dawn Terry from Dallas, TX. The couple has two sons, Jason Carroll, (1980) and Jonathan Carroll (1986). The couple divorced in 2001. In 2002, Jim Carroll married Shelly Hall. They were divorced in 2008.
In 2009, Jim met the love of his life on an online dating site. Elizabeth Davids was the perfect match for Jim. They married on June 21st, 2009 and are happily married today. Jim and Elizabeth work as a team in the Marriage Boot Camp to change lives.
Jim stopped going to church for short period of time as he had many battles with crooked preachers. In 2009, he once again found a great church home at Hope Fellowship in Frisco, TX. He and Elizabeth enjoy working as door greeters.
Jim suffered an eye injury from a fishing lure that has left him with double vision and color distortion in his left eye. As an adult, Jim has had 5 shoulder surgeries, 2 elbow surgeries, 2 knee surgeries. Jim suffered broken ribs, a broken scapula, a punctured lung and more in a motor cross accident. Jim has had mole surgery twice on his nose that required reconstructive surgery after having a quarter sized cancer removed from the center of his nose.
Rarely will you see Jim in a dress shirt or tie because Jim has a rare neurological disease that makes him sensitive to most fabrics.