Some people like to stay busy, even in “retirement.”
Take Thomas A. James, executive chairman of Raymond James Financial. He gave up the CEO role to Paul Reilly in 2010 after 40 years on the job. But James remains active on the company’s board, as well as in Raymond James’ hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, and beyond.
An avid art collector, James now chairs the board of trustees of the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete; he joined the board in 1987. He also does volunteer work for the Harvard Business School, International Tennis Hall of Fame and Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation.
While James loves tennis, golf and music, his passion for art collecting, particularly art of the Southwest, is renowned. In fact, he and his wife Mary have acquired more than 3,000 pieces over the past 50 years — with much of the collection on display at Raymond James’ St. Petersburg headquarters.
What else could James do with his art? Open a museum, of course, which is what he plans to do next fall, when the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is set for completion in downtown St. Pete.