Thomas A. James
Thomas A. James is executive chairman of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF), and chairman of its subsidiary, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. Until May of 2010, he served as chief executive officer of Raymond James Financial, a title he had held since 1970.
Mr. James graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1964 and from Harvard Business School in 1966, where he was a Baker Scholar and graduated with high distinction. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, and obtained his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1978.
Mr. James is a member of the board of Cora Health Services and has previously served on the boards of numerous public companies.
In addition, Mr. James is the past chairman of The Financial Services Roundtable, the Securities Industry Association (now SIFMA), the Southern District of the SIA, the District 7 Business Conduct Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers, and a past president of the Florida Security Dealers Association, as well as Raymond James Bank, N.A. and Heritage Family of Funds (subsidiaries of Raymond James Financial, Inc.).
Locally, Mr. James is the immediate past chairman of the Florida Council of 100 and president of the board of trustees of The Salvador Dali Museum. He currently serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, the board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and is the chairman of the board of the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation. He is also a past chairman of the Florida Council of Economic Education. In addition, Mr. James has been an active participant in the United Way of Pinellas County as a member of the board of directors and as founding chairman of the organization’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society and the 1995 Pinellas County campaign. He is a past member of the board of Junior Achievement of Pinellas County and has served as Commodore of the Treasure Island Tennis & Yacht Club.
Mr. James has received numerous awards and honors for his industry leadership, support of the arts, philanthropic activities and community service. His interests include tennis, golf, guitar, and art collecting, particularly Southwestern United States.