Thomas A. James is Chairman Emeritus of the Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF) Board of Directors. He was previously CEO and Chairman of the Board for more than 40 years before handing over those roles to Paul Reilly in 2010 and 2017, respectively. From 2010 to 2017, he served as Executive Chairman of the Board. He also is Chairman of subsidiary broker/dealer Raymond James & Associates, Inc., (member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC) and affiliate Eagle Asset Management.
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™ certification in 1978.
Mr. James has previously served on the boards of numerous public companies. In addition, Mr. James is a past chairman of the Financial Services Roundtable, the Securities Industry Association (now SIFMA), the Southern District of the SIA and 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, NA and Heritage Family of Funds (subsidiaries of Raymond James Financial, Inc.).
Mr. James is a past member and chairman of the Florida Council of 100 and member of the board of trustees of the Salvador Dalί Museum. He serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and is chairman of the board of the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation. He is also a past chairman of the Florida Council of Economic Education. Mr. James has been an active participant with United Way of Tampa Bay, as a member of the board of directors, campaign chair and as founding chairman of the organization’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society in 1987. 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 and art collecting, particularly art of the Southwestern United States.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.