Jim Erwin has been a Managing Partner in Erwin, Graves & Associates, L.P. since its founding in 2001. In this role he has participated in the organization, capitalization and direction of several private and public companies. Prior to 2000 he had a 30-year distinguished and varied career in banking and finance.
In 2007 Mr. Erwin was an organizer and a lead investor in First Private Bank of Texas, which opened for business with $30 million initial capital on May 1, 2007. Mr. Erwin currently serves as a director and member of various board committees of this company. More recently he was involved with the founding of and until 2012 was a director of DeviceFidelity, Inc. He also currently serves as a member of the investment advisory committee of Teakwood Capital.
He served as a director of the Trammell Crow Company from its IPO in 1997 until its sale to CB Richard Ellis Co. in December, 2006 and was a director of Carreker Corporation from May, 2001 until its sale to CheckFree, Inc. in April, 2007. His involvement on these boards included being lead director and chairman of audit, compensation, and governance and nominating committees. He previously served as a director of Texas Capital Bancshares from May, 2001 to May, 2005 including active involvement in its IPO during this period, and he has served on the advisory boards of Phoenix Capital Partners, Ltd., Select Payment Processing, Inc. and Deep Nines, Inc.
Mr. Erwin retired from Bank of America in June, 2000 after a 30-year career that began at First National Bank in Dallas and continued through a series of acquisitions and mergers to conclude with his role as Vice Chairman Texas and Senior Client Executive Southwest for Bank of America. In this position from 1995-2000 he was responsible for corporate banking and corporate finance and investment banking in the Western half of the U.S. His experience spans a diverse range of domestic and international banking and finance, including positions as chief financial officer of First National Bank in Dallas and then as chairman of the bank’s London, England headquartered merchant bank, First Dallas Ltd., and later as head of the bank’s international division. He became president of InterFirst Bank Dallas in 1985 and later was vice chairman and director of First RepublicBank Dallas.
In 1988 he became President of the Special Asset Division of NCNB, Texas, and led the growth and transformation of this division into Amresco, Inc., with 1,500 employees and $12 billion of assets under management. Under his leadership, Amresco successfully developed third-party asset management business for regulatory agencies and other financial institutions. From 1992-94 he was head of Operations and Technology for NationsBank Corporation. His banking career included extensive service as a director of banks and non-banking subsidiaries.
He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his career in banking he was a Project Engineer for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas and Assistant to the President of National Western Life Insurance Company in Austin, Texas.
He has long been involved in civic activities in Dallas, including serving as President and Chairman of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and The Dallas Opera.