James E. Kloetzel began his philatelic career with Richard Wolffers Philatelic
Auctions in San Francisco in 1974, where he worked as an auction lot describer.
He later became Auction Department manager and then vice president and general manager. Kloetzel then moved to Dallas, Texas, to assume a position as vice president of philatelics for Steve Ivy Philatelic Auctions. Since 1994 he has been catalogue editor for Scott Publishing Company.