Jim was born and raised in the Middle River area of Baltimore County, Maryland. During the early years of his childhood, Jim could be found running around his mom’s bakery in Essex. Once old enough, Jim became increasingly interested in the family commercial fishing and crabbing business on Frog Mortar Creek. Jim was always an active outdoor person and that continued through his participation in Boy Scouts.
Steve grew up playing baseball and soccer in the small community of Rosedale, MD. In 1988 he had the opportunity to attend Calvert Hall College, H.S., and it proved to be a changing point in his life as he interacted with groups of diverse students and made friends that will be with him for life.