Max F. James
Founding Director at USAF Academy Endowment Foundation
About Max F. James
Outside of his work as a retail kiosk entrepreneur, Vietnam veteran Max F. James devotes a large portion of his time to philanthropy. As the founder and Chairman of Camp Soaring Eagle, Max F. James provides critically ill children with an outlet for fun and adventure. Campers participate in weekend events, family retreats, and flying trips, all free of charge. Max James takes pride in creating a safe, nurturing environment where children can explore, play, and form lifelong friendships.
In 2010, Max F. James conducted two travel events through Camp Soaring Eagle. The first group, which included 25 participants with HIV, metabolic syndrome, anemia, cancer, or hemophilia, ventured to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut. The second trip bought a number of participants with asthma to The Center for Courageous Kids, a prestigious medical camping center in Scottsville, Kentucky. Recently, Max James offered a five-day family retreat at the Briar Patch Inn located in Oak Creek Canyon. The owners graciously agreed to cease operations during this time, allowing families full access to the gorgeous facilities.
The 2007 Boys and Girls Club Philanthropist of the Year for Northern Arizona, Max F. James regularly contributes to charitable organizations. In recent years, Max F. James donated more than $100,000 to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign and $250,000 to the U.S. Air Force Academy Endowment Foundation. An alumnus of the academy, Max James set a donor record, pledging $1 million.
Max F. James attended Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned an MBA. Previously, Max F. James operated as a Combat Instructor Pilot and businessman within the real estate, hotel, and nutrition industries. A resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, Max F. James currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the two successful businesses he owns, American Kiosk Management, LLC and North American Kiosk, LLC.
Boys and Girls Club and the Arts
Max F. James, an experienced executive in the kiosk industry, is an active philanthropist. Founder of Camp Soaring Eagle, Max James has made contributions to Steve Young’s Forever Foundation and the USAFA Character Development Center Building. In recognition of his charity work he received the Boys and Girls Club Philanthropist of the Year for Northern Arizona.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) seeks to support the educational and psychological development of the nation’s youth through a variety of special events and programs, including a number of services related to the arts. The organization’s commitment to creative thinking and expression is one of its hallmarks.