Over the course of his long career, Jim Thompson has made Dallas home. In fact, he is so dedicated to Dallas that, for 22 years he was the CEO of a diversified financial services firm called ORIX USA and led them to enormous growth, to the point that the firm had 1,400 employees, assets of more than $5 billion and they managed another $28 billion in third party assets. To Jim Thompson, Dallas is so important, when he decided to leave ORIX USA and start Preston Hollow Capital, he started them in the same downtown Dallas building.
Prior to his 22 years with ORIX USA, Jim Thompson also held senior management positions with Financial Corporation of Santa Barbara and Mission Hills Mortgage. In those two positions, he was responsible for various loan origination, securitization and other capital markets and investment related functions. 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.