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served as the Chief of Global Operations responsible for 227 domestic offices and 86 foreign offices in 67 countries. Throughout his tenure as a government executive, Mr. Capra was a highly sought after speaker throughout federal, state and local governmental agencies on national security issues as well as contemporary leadership challenges and practices.
Prior to his DEA career, Jimmy served in the US Navy, US Navy Reserves, Air National Guard and as Military Intelligence Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Marist College and a Masters of Education from Seton Hall University. Jimmy has been married to his wife Shelly for over 34 years and they are the proud parents of six children, most who have taken up lives as public servants.
Since 2002, Jimmy has delivered keynote speeches and world-class leadership training in numerous venues throughout the United States and in selected international regions. He has been called on to speak on national security issues involving international drug trafficking organizations, drug/terror groups, pharmaceutical diversion and drug legalization issues just to name a few. In addition, Mr. Capra is a recognized expert on leadership and organizational management and has spoken on a wide variety of leadership issues around the United States.
"Being a good manager or a supervisor does not automatically equate to being a good leader. There are very good managers and supervisors who are effective at just that...management.
Management is nothing more than putting people and resources to work in an efficient way. That being said, retired US Navy Admiral Grace Hopper stated that "you manage things - you lead people." So it takes more than good managerial or supervisory skills to be an effective and competent leader. Leadership, especially effective leadership, takes doing; it requires one to be in the arena experiencing."
James L. Capra is currently the CEO and Founder of The Front Line Leadership Group, a leadership training and development firm located in Argyle, Texas. He is the author of Leadership at the Front Line:Lessons Learned About Loving, Leading and Legacy from a Warrior and Public Servant, published by Lulu.com.
Jimmy, as he is known by his friends and colleagues, retired after nearly three decades with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Prior to his retirement from DEA, Jimmy