Mr. James Oviedo is a former U.S. Army Elite Special Forces Team Leader, Federal Agent, nationally syndicated Radio Talk Show Host and present day Leadership and Management Consultant who has passionately embraced life, leadership and family.
His degrees include a Masters in Business Management, a Masters in Business Administration (Human Resources) and a Masters of Divinity. He is currently working toward his first Doctorate in Organizational Leadership & Management Development with an emphasis in Community Building and Community Management.
In the 1990's, he successfully founded and managed a leadership and management consulting company that served major corporations—Microsoft, Boeing, AT&T, Crown Financial, World Vision, Family Life Today (in Spanish), Salem Communications, FBI, and ATF—and governments on 3 continents. Today he continues to serve professionally as a leadership and management counselor to individuals, families, and to public and private sector organizations and agencies.
He served for five years as the National Latino Outreach Director for Enfoque en la Familia (Focus on the Family—a $35M/year nonprofit) and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show where he inspired and instructed families on how to be successful and significant.
He has served as a spiritual leadership trainer and counselor, as a national public policy and grass roots campaigner, as a national public speaker, and has appeared on numerous radio/TV shows and news interviews. He has served as an advisor on families to Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, also as an advisor on immigration to U.S. lawmakers and to President George W. Bush. He also served as the West Region Director for Jobs for Life.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, James Oviedo migrated to the United States with his Catholic father at the age of 4. A year earlier his Jewish mother had left Colombia and moved to the Washington, D.C. area to escape her husband's abusive behavior. Shortly after James and his father reunited with his mother in the New York City area (Union City, NJ, Queens, Brooklyn), his father's violent behavior toward both James and his mother resumed.
A notorious drinker, brawler, wedding crasher, and feared neighbor, James' father violently confronted him at the age of 7 for refusing to stand up to a 13-year old neighborhood bully. James was ordered to "fight like a man" or run the risk of facing his father's physical abuse once again.
Though he was the only one of three siblings to survive planned abortions, and though his parents did not support him in his academics or personal interests, James became much more than just a survivor. Early on he excelled in martial arts, soccer, cross country, congas and academics. While most of his close boyhood friends wound up on drugs, in prison, or dead, James' soccer skills earned him a full scholarship to a private, predominantly white, Catholic High School where he became the valedictorian of his high school class. He was drafted to play professional soccer, earned 3 Masters Degrees, served as a U.S. Army Green Beret, a federal law enforcement agent, and successfully founded and managed an international leadership and management consulting company.
Today he continues to passionately pursue life, and welcomes opportunities to share the fruit of that pursuit with those who seek to embrace it.