Toastmaster James Edward Taruc is a member of PICPA Riyadh Toastmasters Club since April 2008. He became its Club Secretary (PY 2008-09, 1T), Vice-President Education (PY 2008-09, 2T) and Vice-President Public Relations (PY 2009-10, 1T). He was appointed as Division A Secretary in 2009. In 2010, he became Area 5 Governor (PY 2010-2011) and helped chartered 6 new clubs,  led his area achieved its first President’s Distinguished Area Distinction since 2004 which catapulted Area 5 to  Gulf Toastmasters’ no. 2 spot & the world’s top 4 area, end of term.

He served as Division A Governor (PY 2011-2012) and was instrumental in chartering 6 new clubs. On July 1, 2012, he became the 34th President of PICPA Riyadh Toastmasters Club and received Plaque of Excellence in Leadership, Education and Training Award from District 79 which was personally awarded by Toastmasters International President – DTM John Lau in April 2013.

He received the Distinguished Toastmaster title, the highest norm in the organization in November 2013. He has received several membership, leadership, communication and marketing awards from District 79. In his home club - PICPA Riyadh Toastmasters Club - he was awarded unprecedented three times in a row as the Toastmaster of the Year for 2011, 2012 & 2013. Other major club awards include The Dependable Toastmaster in 2009 & the Enthusiastic Toastmaster in 2010, 2014 & 2015.

Toastmaster James also served the District as Regional Chair for Marketing in 2013, the Central Region Ambassador for 2013's SATAC or Saudi Arabian Toastmasters Annual Conference, the Program Director of SATAC 2014, District Public Relations Officer for Program Year 2014-2015, Club Growth Director for Program Year 2015-2016 & received Excellence in Club Growth Award from TMI and Program Quality Director  for Program Year 2016-2017 & received Excellence in Program Quality Award from TMI.

DTM James earned his degree in Industrial Management from the Technological University of the Philippines - Manila. He is a Certified Purchasing Professional by the American Purchasing Society and works at Arabian Centres as Senior Procurement Officer.

Currently, he is serving District 79 as District Director responsible mainly for the overall administration of toastmasters program for Central, Northeastern & Eastern Saudi Arabia. A man who believes that greatness comes from within.