James Thompson has rejoined his friends at Alexander Hutton as an advocate for the entrepreneur community, after leading the sale of HaloSource to Strix, PLC. Half of James' professional life has been spent in corporate finance (banking, investment banking and venture capital) and the other half running companies as the CEO, CFO or functional leader on the leadership team (He led the team that completed the $80m HaloSource over-subscribed 2010 IPO). Throughout his career he has closed 40+ transactions and raised $250M+ in growth capital (debt and equity.)
James feels quite fortunate to be a member of the board of Directors of Brown Strauss, Inc., a $600M revenue steel distribution business headquartered in Denver Colorado which provides keen insight to overall economic activity across the Western US. He is also on the board of Directors for the Montana Ambassadors, serving at the pleasure of the Governor, which is a volunteer, not-for-profit, bi-partisan organization of leaders in business, education, and the professions with a common dedication to fostering economic development in the state of Montana. Having been on "all sides of the table” (operator, financier and intermediary) James brings a unique perspective to advocacy work.
James received his BBA from Gonzaga University’s School of Business and his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Prior to business school, he held financial analyst roles at Continental Bank and Security Capital Group in Chicago.
While his roots run deep in Montana, James has made Seattle home for 20+ years where he has raised his three kids, Sam (18), Maddie (17), and Charlie (15) on Mercer Island.