James also serves on the Board of Directors of By Kids For Kids, a company which markets children’s inventions. Before joining Walker Digital, James was a management consultant with Deloitte & Touche Consulting in their San Francisco office working with high tech clients such as Apple and Hayes Microcomputer Products. He also spent several years in Las Vegas as a financial analyst and games expert for the Tropicana Resort Hotel & Casino.
For relaxation, he plays tournament chess, poker, backgammon, and Scrabble.
James has extensive public speaking experience. He joined Toastmasters in 2001 where, under his term of presidency, the club expanded to more than 80 members, making Greater Stamford Toastmasters one of the twenty largest Toastmasters clubs in the world. James has a track record of success in Toastmasters competitions, including a first place finish (out of 2,000 district members) in the Table Topics contest in 2002. James has spoken before a wide range of audiences and is skilled at grabbing and holding on to the audience’s attention. Whether they are high school students trying to cause trouble in the back row or droopy-eyed computer specialists at a conference, James is adept at reining in their attention and interest. He regularly teaches two seminars for Toastmasters - a Memory Workshop (which emphasizes practical techniques to quickly improve your memory) and a Beginner’s Night (which focuses on reducing the nervousness of inexperienced speakers).
In January of 2004 James founded the Stamford Comedy Workshop to provide a venue for teaching improvisational games and standup comedy. From this workshop he formed the team that ultimately became World Class Indifference. James is available for private speech consultations to business executives, providing help with speech preparation, memorization, and presentation skills. Having provided written and verbal feedback on more than 500 speeches, there are few public speaking issues that have escaped his eye.
James can be reached at 203-451-6692, or via email: jorasch (at) gmail.com
Toastmasters Speech Contest Results:
2006 Tall Tales Contest - 1st Place at Club Level.
2006 International Speech Contest - 2nd Place at Area Level.
2005 Table Topics Contest - 1st Place at Area Level.
2004 International Speech Contest - 2nd Place at Club Level.
2004 Tall Tales Contest - 1st Place at Club Level.
2003 Humorous Speaking Contest - 1st Place at Area Level.
2003 Table Topics Contest - 3rd Place at Club Level.
2003 International Speech Contest - 2nd Place at Club Level.
2002 Table Topics Contest - 1st Place at District Level (highest level)
2002 Evaluation Contest - 1st Place at Club Level.
2002 Tall Tales Contest - 1st Place at Area Level.
Memory Competition Results:
2006 US Memory Championships - 6th place 'Speed Digits', 6th place 'Speed Cards'
2005 US Memory Championships - 7th place 'Speed Digits', 7th place 'Speed Cards'
Links: Walker Digital, Greater Stamford Toastmasters, World Class Indifference