John E. Thompson, Jr.

President & Executive Director

John Thompson has been the President of the National Society of Institutional Investment Professionals since founding the organization in 2006. In July 2012, he was named Executive Director with responsibilities that include coordinating the organization’s annual Summit. He has more than 28 years of institutional investment experience with taxable trusts, corporate and public pensions, and foundation assets.


He retired, June 2012, after 38 years with Energy Future Holdings where he was responsible for managing all the company's external trust funds including defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, various non-qualified plans, and nuclear decommissioning trusts totaling $4.5 billion in assets.


He is a founding board member of the National Society of Institutional Investment Professionals, President of the Dallas Chapter, and has been involved in all 24 Annual National Pension & Institutional Investment Summits, which began in 1995. He serves as chairman of the Investment Committee for the Circle Ten Council Boy Scout Foundation, is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Parkland Health & Hospital System, and is on the HighGround Advisors (formerly Baptist Foundation of Texas) board of directors.


He was an active member of the Utility Pension Fund Study Group the Nuclear Decommissioning Fund Study Group and previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of Pension Plan Investing, and the Pension Policy and Legislation Committee for the Texas State Pension Review Board. He earned a BS in Business from Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, and an MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Arlington. His master’s thesis was “An Analysis of the Financial Aspects of a Trusteed Pension Plan.”