Mr. Thompson is a former Managing Director at GLC and previously, a Senior Managing Director at FBR. He joined FBR from Watch Hill Partners in 2008. Prior to joining Watch Hill Partners, Mr. Thompson was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Darby Creek Company, an investment banking consulting firm that primarily specializes in giving impartial advice to owners and CEOs of private companies. Prior to founding The Darby Creek Company, Mr. Thompson was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kelso Mezzanine Fund (“KMF”), a mezzanine fund that was raised in partnership with Kelso & Company, a leading New York based private equity fund.
Prior to co-founding KMF, Mr. Thompson was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston and at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation (“DLJ”). While at DLJ, Mr. Thompson established the DLJ Bridge Fund and coordinated its activities for eleven years beginning in 1987. In 1998, he became Chief Credit Officer of the Investment Banking Group and Chairman of the Credit Commitment Committee with responsibility for the capital commitment process for the firm.
Prior to joining DLJ, Mr. Thompson was with The First Boston Corporation from 1982 to 1987 where he worked in the project finance group and later started the acquisition finance group that specialized in syndicating bank credit facilities to fund acquisitions. From 1975 until 1982, he worked at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in general corporate and energy lending in New York and London, and from 1973 to 1975 he was a trainee at Brown Brothers, Harriman & Company in the bond department. Mr. Thompson served in the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1971 to 1977.
Mr. Thompson received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.