I started at store #5828 in Pinellas Square in 1999 at the age of 15 years old as a crew person. I was promoted to manager the day after my 18th birthday. I left the company for one year and did customer service at HSN in St. Petersburg. I also worked for Circuit City on the IQ Crew, but decided to come back to work for Caspers Company at store #5828 again. I worked at Pinellas Square McDonald’s® until about three years ago when I was transferred to store #10206 on Fourth Street South store where General Manager Anthony Naylor whipped me into shape. He believed that I could be a general manager even when I didn’t. Eight months ago I was promoted to general manager of store #7161 in Treasure Island where I am doing my best to learn how to be a better general manager and teach managers what it takes to succeed.
I am a true Floridian; I’ve lived in Pinellas Park all my life. I have one brother who is also named James, but it’s his middle name. My parents Leo and Diane Neuner were married 40 years. My father had many odd jobs and my mother ran an in-home daycare from the time I was born. I grew up taking road trips with my family every year, so I have been to over half of the United States. I met my wife Mandi at the Pinellas Square store sixteen years ago. We’ve now been married eleven years, and we have two children, Rorie who is 8 years old and Nolan who is 6 years old.
I love Caspers Company. They have been my second family. When I lost my parents in a car accident two years ago, and they took care of me. Not just in the way a company does by giving you time off, but by actually caring about my family and well-being. A little known fact about me is that my favorite food is cow tongue. My funniest memory of working at McDonald’s is when I was working at Pinellas Square one afternoon, and a push broom had fallen on the floor. So, I thought, “Okay, I’ll pick that up.” I stepped on the end of the broom by accident, and the handle hit me right between the eyes in front of a lobby full of people. It was just like a cartoon!