Jim Holmes was appointed to the Waco City Council in June 2016 as the representative for District V. He was elected to the District V seat in May 2017 and was re-elected in May 2021. Holmes served as the Mayor Pro Tem in 2017-2018.
Holmes owns and manages a private equity portfolio in the name of FirstHawk Capital. He previously served as Senior Vice President with the First National Bank of Central Texas (FNBCT), a regional bank headquartered in Waco. Prior to FNBCT Holmes served as Director and Executive Vice President of FirstCity Commercial Corporation (a global commercial real estate investment & services firm based in Waco) for over 25 years. Jim helped establish the FirstCity international investment platform in Waco in 1991, assisted in taking the platform public in 1995, and served as its Chief Operations Officer and Corporate Treasurer until 2015. Holmes has served as Director on the Boards of over 20 investment and operating companies, including business lines in the U.S., France, Germany, Mexico and Chile [among them: a regional railroad, an operating coal mine, an oilfield housing manufacturer, an SBA loan originator/servicer, a ceramics manufacturer, and a cabinet manufacturer].
Holmes currently serves as Director on the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, as Vice Chairman of Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board, as Vice President of the Heart of Texas Council of Governments Executive Board, as Director of the Greater Waco Sports Commission, and as member of numerous Waco City Council Committees. Jim and his wife Cindy are active members of St. Louis Church of Waco, and they support several community non-profits, including the Waco Symphony Orchestra, Lake Air Little League, Leadership Waco, American Cancer Society, Waco Civic Theatre, and Creative Waco.
Jim received his Finance Degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; and attended Baylor School of Law. Holmes also served as instructor at the LSU Graduate School of Banking in Baton Rouge. He has two sons: Spencer and Kennedy. In his spare time, Holmes enjoys traveling, mountain climbing, fly-fishing, jet-skiing, reading, and the guitar.
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