Jim Hoy retired after 20 years as a NAVY SEAL Master Chief, honorably discharged in 2013. He was born in Batavia, New York and raised in the small town of Bennington. Jim has an AOS degree in Electronics, speaks URDU and carries a current Rotary Craft private pilot’s license; he is married with one child.
A Navy man for over 20 years, the majority of his military experience covered a wide range of geographical regions in direct combat roles or crisis management. Jim’s experience began after he enlisted in the US Navy in 1993 where he worked as a Boatswain Mate aboard the USS SUPPLY; he eventually worked his way into the Navy’s Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL training and graduated with class 202. He served at SEAL Team EIGHT, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and Naval Special Warfare Support Activity TWO. Jim has spent the majority of his career leading men in combat and managing commands in excess of 300 personnel with budgets of up to $20 million dollars. He is an experienced combat veteran, deployed worldwide in support of Naval Special warfare operations, conducting personal security details, direct action, counter-terrorism, anti-terrorism, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Unconventional Warfare (UW), Foreign Internal Defense (FID), personnel recovery, combat search and rescue (CSAR), sniper, special reconnaissance operations, and preparation of the environment. Jim has proven himself as an on the ground leader and management experience with fourteen deployments including multiple tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Africa and other remote locations. He has earned one Meritorious Service Medal, Two Bronze stars (1 Combat Distinguishing Device) for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy, one Navy Unit Commendation Medal and six Navy Achievement Medals for performance above and beyond.