James A. Thomas serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Properties Group, Inc. Mr. Thomas has served on the Board of Directors since the Company was organized in March 2004. Mr. Thomas founded TPG, our predecessor company and served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of TPG from 1996 to the closing of our initial public offering in October 2004. Thomas Properties Group, Inc. is publicly traded on the NASDAQ.
Prior to founding TPG, Mr. Thomas served as a co-managing partner of Maguire Thomas Partners, a national full service real estate operating company from 1983 to 1996. In 1996, Maguire Thomas Partners was divided into two companies with Mr. Thomas forming TPG with other key members of the former executive management at Maguire Thomas Partners. Mr. Thomas also served as Chief Executive Officer and principal owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA Basketball team and the ARCO Arena from 1992 to 1999. Prior to that, he was a partner in two prominent Los Angeles law firms and previously served as a trial attorney in the Regional Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service.
Born in Pembroke, North Carolina, Mr. Thomas attended High School in Cleveland, Ohio and received his B.A. degree in economics with honors from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1959. He graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland Marshall Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1963 and was editor-in-chief of the Cleveland Marshall Law Review in 1962-1963. Mr. Thomas has received honorary doctorate degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Mr. Thomas’ commitment to the community can be seen in his devotion to the arts and his efforts to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Los Angeles. Mr. Thomas is Chairman of the Board of FAST (Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Townhall Los Angeles, SOS Coral Trees, Center Theatre Group; and the National Advisory Council of the Cleveland Marshall School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, and St. John’s Health Center Foundation in Santa Monica, California. Mr. Thomas also serves on the Board of Governors of the Music Center of Los Angeles County. He is a member of the Chairman Council of the Weingart Center Association, and the Colonial Williamsburg National Council.