Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Texas Tech University, 1970.
Bank trainee, National Bank Commerce, Dallas, 1971-1972; president, Jim Sowell Company, Dallas, since 1972. Board directors ABQ Bank, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Board of directors Boy Scouts American, Dallas, since 1983, Christian Superior vena cava syndrome of S.W., Dallas, since 1986. With United States National Guard, 1970-1976. Member Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Married Elizabeth Ray Bilheimer, August 17, 1975. Children: Zachary Ellis, Nicholas Andrew, Amy Elizabeth.