Luminaries Reception with James A. Thomas
Exclusive Members-Only Reception with Real Estate Icon Jim Thomas
James A. Thomas is one of the real estate industry’s most respected executives and an important civic leader in Los Angeles. He is largely responsible for the skyline of downtown Los Angeles having developed Library Tower (now US Bank Tower), Wells Fargo Center, and Gas Company Tower as co-managing partner of Maguire Thomas Partners. The firm also provided financing to preserve and expand downtown’s Central Library through an innovative air rights purchase program and developed the Bunker Hill Steps to connect Bunker Hill to downtown and restored the Library’s original gardens, both important public spaces.
In 2004 Mr. Thomas founded Thomas Properties Group, a firm that he led as Chairman and CEO for a decade, guiding its growth as both a public and private company. The company’s national portfolio comprised 12 million square feet of office and mixed-use properties. In December 2013, Thomas Properties merged with Parkway Properties Group, Inc., a real estate investment trust based in Orlando, FL. Mr. Thomas currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Parkway.
Prior to founding TPG from 1983 to 1996, Mr. Thomas served as co-managing partner of Maguire Thomas Partners, a national development company that he founded with Robert F. Maguire III. 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.
A well-known civic leader with a devotion to the arts, Mr. Thomas led the Board of Governors of the Music Center of Los Angeles County during the planning of Walt Disney Concert Hall. He founded and co-chaired (with Eli Broad) the Grand Avenue Committee and was the driving force in establishing a city-county authority that is moving forward with a Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use destination atop Bunker Hill in the city’s cultural corridor.
- ULI Members: $75
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