James W. Davidson is a co-founder of Coral Gables Trust Company and has served as its Chairman since its inception. He was also a founding general partner of Banyan Investment Partners (2003), Miami, FL, with over $400 million under management. He was a general partner of South Atlantic Private Equity IV, L.P. and became affiliated with this fund group in 1993. Prior to that time, he was an investment banker for 20 years with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York.
Mr. Davidson moved to Miami in 1991 and established Davidson Capital Partners, an NASD member firm that provided corporate finance and management advisory services to emerging growth companies and family-owned businesses. He has previously served as a Director of two public companies, American Savings & Loan Association of Florida, Miami and Equinox Systems, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale; has been a director of many private companies, including portfolio companies of Banyan and South Atlantic.
He is a member of the Board of Overseers, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, and the Board of Trustees and Advisors, Marion Military Institute, Marion, AL. He served as a director of the Florida Venture Capital Forum from 1995 to 2000, and as its Chairman in 1998. In addition, he also served as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of Palmer Trinity School, Miami, Board of Directors of the Plymouth Congregational Church Foundation, Inc. Miami, and as board member of Informed Families, Miami. Mr. Davidson holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant, including a tour in Vietnam. He and his wife Deborah reside in Pinecrest, Florida.