Jim Thompson

Jim is active in numerous philanthropic activities. Through these activities and his personal experiences, he concluded that a foundation focused on connecting young students with aviation could yield efficient and outstanding outcomes for students, donors, schools and organizations.

Jim began his interest in aviation following his first solo flight in a glider when he was 14 years old. This experience and subsequent flights instilled his passion for aviation and uncovered the many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) learning opportunities aviation provides. He is excited to help foster the love of flying in students as well.

Jim is President and CEO of Preston Hollow Capital, the former President and CEO of ORIX USA. Jim serves on the boards of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation and served on the boards of Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and Angel Flight South Central.