Benjamin S. Thompson
Ben was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Samson Capital Advisors LLC. In addition to heading its Management Committee as Chief Executive Officer, he was a portfolio manager and a member of the Investment Committee. Samson was a privately-owned investment management firm that was founded in 2004 by senior investment professionals from OFFITBANK, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan. Prior to its acquisition by Fiera Capital in 2015, Samson managed over $7 billion in assets in customized fixed income for affluent families and their foundations, endowments, and corporations.
Before the founding of Samson, Ben was a Managing Director and Head of Tax Aware fixed Income Investments within JP Morgan Fleming’s U.S. Fixed Income Group. With JP Morgan from 1999 to 2004, he was the investment strategist for the tax aware fixed income sector and responsible for $36 billion in managed bond strategies for US taxpaying investors, including mutual funds, institutional accounts and over $12 billion in private client separate accounts. Ben was a member of both the Global Fixed Income management team and the US Macro investment team.
Prior to joining JP Morgan, Ben was a Vice President and the senior municipal portfolio manager with Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1992 to 1999. He began his career as an analyst in Chase Manhattan Bank’s Structured Finance Group from 1990 to 1992.
Ben completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in 2014 and currently serves as a member of the MSRB’s Investor Advisory Group. The MSRB was established by Congress in 1975 to protect investors and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. Ben has appeared on Wall Street Week and has been a contributor on CNBC’s Strategy Session and related programs, as well as a regular commenter on industry and market subjects in the financial press.
Ben received a BA in economics from Colorado College.