James E. Thompson is the Chairman and Founder of the Crown Worldwide Group. After graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Jim arrived in Asia in 1963. Within two years he established Crown in Yokohama, Japan – with just US$ 1000 . He moved to Hong Kong in 1978. Today, the Crown Worldwide Group employs over 5,000 full-time staff around the world, as well as a large number of contracted personnel.
Awards and recognition
Crown has been awarded the prestigious Hong Kong Award for Services in Export Marketing, and has twice received the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Innovative Services Award. The company has also received the DHL/South China Morning Post International Award as Hong Kong’s Best International Company.
A prominent figure in both the relocation industry and in his adopted home of Hong Kong, Jim’s past roles include being a board member of Ocean Park Corporation; a member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council; the Chairman of HKTDC Logistics Services Advisory Committee; a member of the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Advisory Board; and a member of the ICAC Advisory Committee on Corruption. He also served two terms as the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Jim is heavily involved with various university mentorship programs including HK University, Chinese University and HK Federation of Business Students. He is also a Council Member of the Hong Kong Management Association. Jim often serves as a delegate representing Hong Kong on numerous Hong Kong Trade Development Council trade missions around the world.
Jim is a member of many prestigious organizations including the Investment Promotion Ambassador Scheme of InvestHK; the Hong Kong-EU Business Cooperation Committee; Hong Kong-US Business Council; Hong Kong-Japan Business Cooperation Committee; HK University of Science and Technology's (HKUST) Business School Advisory Council; City University of Hong Kong's College International Advisory Board.
Charities and the community
A passion shared by Jim and his wife Sally, is helping the people of underserved communities – in particular, working with charities that focus on children, health and education. He serves as chairman or board member of numerous charitable organizations, including being on the Corporate Fundraising Committee of the Changing Young Lives Foundation; the head of Community Business Leadership Team; and a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.
Gold Bauhinia Star
In 2013, Jim was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star for his lifelong contribution to the Hong Kong community. The Gold Bauhinia Star is the second highest award under Hong Kong’s honor system. It is awarded by the Hong Kong Government to recognize those who have given distinguished service to the community or rendered public or voluntary services of a very high degree of merit.
Mr. Thompson is a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of Hong Kong having lived there for 35 years. His wife, Sally is British. Together they have two children, Jennifer and James Jr.. Jennifer works for Crown New York.