From the point of view of Jim Thompson, Dallas is a special place, which is why he tries to give back to the Dallas community to the extent possible. For Jim Thompson, Dallas is so important, he could never leave. In fact, when he decided to leave ORIX USA behind and establish his own firm, Preston Hollow Capital, he started his firm in the same Dallas office building. Because Jim Thompson sees Dallas as home, he is dedicated to improving the business climate in his community to the extent possible, although he does a lot more.
With Preston Hollow Capital, Jim Thompson has managed to pursue twin strategies in his business approach. First, he invests in fixed income credit transactions, and then he helps to acquire operating companies in a number of diverse industries, including sectors such as investment banking, asset management, mortgage origination and life sciences. That serves as an explanation of why Jim Thompson is not just the chairman of Preston Hollow Capital, but also a very prolific Dallas philanthropist. Besides having served on the board of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, Jim also strongly supports Dallas-area non-profits through the Jim & Angela Thompson Foundation, which he formed for that purpose. He also expresses his unwavering support for STEM education initiatives through his leadership and support of the Blue Sky Educational Foundation.
That’s why Jim Thompson has also served as aboard member of Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which helps underserved children find legal assistance when they need it, and why he has also served on the boards of Angel Flight South Central and the AOPA Foundation at various times. He is also strongly supportiveof The Family Place, and the World Craniofacial Foundation.