Interview with Jim Niehaus

Describe your early life
I grew up in a small mining and logging town in northern California. My father was a forest ranger and my mother was a homemaker. I had two brothers and two sisters. I was raised as a catholic and attended k-12 at a catholic school.
Did you go to college and if so how did you pay for your college education?
I received a B.S. in geology at the University of California, Davis and a M.S. degree in gelology from the University of Minnesota. I also completed additional post-graduate courses in geology and finance. I paid for most of my education through small scholarships, summer jobs and part-time work while a student. My parents provided some help as well.
Geology? How does that qualify you to provide financial advice?
Good question. After my initial career in oil and gas exploration, I progressed in management and later became the president of the domestic arm of Occidental Petroleum, Oxy USA, and the Executive Vice president, Worldwide Production, of Occidental Oil and Gas. In those capacities, I was responsible for the day-to-day management and financial performance of the most significant assets of Occidental Petroleum. More important, though, is the fact that I effectively implemented and profited from the ideas I present in Millennials and Money.
Did you serve in the military?
Yes, I served in the U.S. Army, including an extended tour in Vietnam.
What was the most valuable course you took during your education?
High School typing! After an initial assignment in Vietnam as an artillery gunner, I was offered a reclassification as a clerk typist if I could pass a typing test. That change may have saved my life.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
My wife and I are big on boating and spend summers cruising the coast of British Columbia on our motorsailor and cruise our local waters in the San Juan Islands all year.
We value our time with our children, grandchildren and friends and also travel extensively. We have been able to visit many parts of the world since the time I retired at age 52.
Are you planning on writing additional books?
I’m currently working on two distinctly different manuscripts. One is a sequel to Millennials and Money and will be a financial guide for readers in their 40’s and 50’s and people already retired. The other is a guide to cruising the coast of British Columbia. Rather than a travel guide, it will provide “how to” information based on 15 years of experience along the coastal areas of B.C.
Your current book is oriented toward millennials? What’s different about the financial challenges this generation faces.
All generations face financial challenges addressed in the book, but this generation has the added challenges presented by unusually high college debt as well as a difficult employment environment following the Great Recession. On a positive note, the millennials have a distinct technological edge and can take full advantage of the Internet and technology in general.
Published 2015-11-15.
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Books by This Author

Millennials and Money
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,820. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Millennials and Money provides practical guidance for the current generation as they address both their day-to-day financial decisions as well as longer term saving and investing. While targeting an audience in their 20’s and 30’s, it also is a valuable investment resource for people of any age. All readers will discover a unique offering in a large field of self-help finance books.