As a businessman in Dallas, Jim Thompson has always expressed a strong belief in giving back to his community. As chairman of Preston Hollow Capital. Jim Thompson is a very active philanthropist, primarily in his Dallas community. He has been a board member of Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which helps underserved children find legal assistance when they need it, and he has served on the boards of Angel Flight South Central and the AOPA Foundation at various times. Besides his service 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 has also strongly support and/or served on the boards for The Family Place, and the World Craniofacial Foundation. To Jim Thompson, Dallas is a special community and he likes to give back to there community as much as possible. From the perspective of 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 a two-prong strategy, in which he invests in fixed income credit and also participates in the acquisition of operating companies in such diverse industries as investment banking, asset management, mortgage origination and life sciences sectors.