The R & D Business Group, Inc.




The Instructor

Jim "Mr. H-A-P-P-Y!!!" Atkinson

Jim is an internationally known motivational leader and expert in his field. Educators, recreation professionals, parents and business leaders alike rave about his high energy, fast moving, information packed, and.... just downright fun....workshops.


In the past 22 years, Jim has presented over 1,200 workshops, keynotes, and consultations for Schools, Community Learning Centers, Organizations and Associations in 45 of the 50 United States including: Public and Private School Systems, State and County Education Departments, State Parks and Recreation Associations, YMCA and YWCA, Girls and Boys Clubs, State Resource and Referral Agencies, United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Army, Foster Grandparents, 4-H, Head Start, 21st Century, and more.  

Jim has conducted extensive training tours for the U.S. Air Force and Navy in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Japan, and South Korea. He is best known for his motivational P.L.A.Y.! workshops, although he does presentations on just about every facet of educational and recreational programming including staff issues, team development, club/activity development, summer programs, sports programs and after school program development.  

Jim is the author of ten Youth Program Personal / Professional Development books and creator/co-creater of four School Age Care Kits. He has served as a Board Member and past President of Florida School Age Child Care Coalition (1989-97), Conference Chair and Board Member for the National School Age Association (1996-97), Youth Programs Coordinator for the City of Maitland (1987-96), Seminar Trainer for Steps to Greatness, Inc.(1981-1989), and Recreation Program/Facility Specialist in the City of Winter Park (1884-87).

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