While he founded his current company, Preston Hollow Capital, this was not Jim Thompson’s first dive into founding a company. His passion for the community of Dallas and its surrounding areas inspired Jim Thompson to found the Blue Sky Educational Foundation in 2012. Angela and Jim Thompson both believe in the importance of giving back and it was from that place in their hearts that they began the development of this philanthropic endeavor. Blue Sky Educational Foundation was designed to create an environment in which supporters could use aviation experiences to inspire young people to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as to promote a passion for aerospace careers.
Developing this kind of programming required partnering with some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious aviation groups. These partnerships allow Blue Sky Educational Foundation to give promising students opportunities to learn the passion of flight. This is done first-hand through camp scholarships, school curricula and other innovative programs. For Dallas students, this is an incredible opportunity to grow and develop as young eager students into full fledged professionals. The skills that they are able to acquire are both educational and inspirational to increase interest in these important fields. Jim Thompson works in the field of finance which requires math and this inspired him to want to pay it forward to students looking to go into these kinds of fields as well.
From the perspective of Jim Thompson, the Dallas Metroplex is a very important, very special place. That is why, when he decided to leave ORIX USA after 22 years and start Preston Hollow Capital, LLC, he started the new firm in the exact same Dallas building where he worked with ORIX. Jim is dedicated to improving the business climate in his community and, through Preston Hollow Capital, he 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.
Jim Thompson wants very much to give back to the people in his Dallas community and he does so as often as possible. That is why, in addition to being the chairman of Preston Hollow Capital. Jim Thompson is a very active philanthropist. Jim is also a former 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. He has also strongly support and/or served on the boards for The Family Place, and the World Craniofacial Foundation.
Besides his service on the board of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, Jim also strongly supports Dallas-area non-profits through his very own charitable group, 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.