James (“Jim”) D. Barton's journey with property tax spans over three decades. Jim earned degrees in Accounting and Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. While there, he met his future wife who earned a PhD in Mathematical Physics.
Jim began his career at Electronic Data Systems in Plano, Texas. He led a pioneering team that designed and implemented one of the earliest automated property tax administration systems. A trailblazer from the start, Jim extended his influence on professional organizations, such as the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) and the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA). His dedication to best practices earned him the Distinguished Service Award during his tenure on the IPT Board of Governors. Notably, Jim played a pivotal part in forming national industry groups that contributed to reducing taxes on high-tech computer equipment, and played a significant role in shaping legislative efforts to empower property taxpayers in Texas.
After a rewarding thirteen-year stint in corporate tax, Jim ventured into the consulting world with Grant Thornton, an international public accounting firm. As the Director for the Southwest Property Tax practice, he not only served clients, but also crafted a successful multi-state property practice.
Jim's heart remained tethered to property tax software development. His journey took him to an Account Executive role with the E-Property Tax system, which would eventually be acquired by the media giant Thomson Reuters. His unwavering passion for property tax consulting led him to a national state and local tax services provider, where he took the helm as Director, building yet another team of top-notch consultants and leaving an indelible mark in the industry. Jim possesses rich experiences and deep understandings in corporate, consulting, and individual investor portfolios.