A native West Texan who grew up in Midland and Monahans, Jim Dublin has lived in San Antonio throughout his career, serving a wide variety of corporate and institutional clients and holding many community leadership roles, frequently on economic development matters. He works with clients around Texas and the nation.
Working with Pennzoil, he was intimately involved in the landmark Texaco litigation issues surrounding the acquisition of Getty Oil, resulting in a $3 billion cash settlement for Pennzoil in 1988.
Jim spent eight years – 1982-90 – working in the national effort to make airbags standard equipment in all vehicles in the U.S. He helped assemble and direct a coalition of insurance companies, car safety advocates (including such organizations as the National Head-Injury Foundation, the National Epilepsy Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and consumer activists (such as Public Citizen) to overcome efforts by the U.S. auto industry to keep airbags out of cars. Airbags finally became mandatory safety equipment in 1990 and have saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of serious injuries.
Jim is a corporate board member of MRoberts Media, which owns and publishes daily newspapers in Victoria, TX (The Victoria Advocate), Longview, TX (The Longview News-Journal) and Marshall, TX (The Marshall News Messenger) and a twice-weekly newspaper in Carthage, TX (The Panola Watchman)
A long-time San Antonio civic leader, he worked actively on “Team Toyota” which helped pave the way for Toyota to locate a new, $800-million, 2,000-job truck manufacturing plant in San Antonio. In the process, Toyota became a client for Dublin & Associates. The plant opened in November, 2006.
In 1983, he helped conceptualize the Texas Research & Technology Foundation, which owns and manages the 900-acre Texas Research Park in San Antonio and is dedicated to establishing San Antonio as a major national center for biotechnology and new technology development. He is a charter member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees and served as Chairman of the Board from 2003 through 2016. He also served as Chairman of TRTF subsidiary Texas Technology Development Center (T3DC) and its McDermott Legacy Fund, which provides pre-seed funding to life science and high tech start-ups in San Antonio.
Jim is a board member of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, which owns the land on which the South Texas Medical Center, which includes the University of Texas Health Science Center, is sited. In 2005, he helped found BioMedSA, a public-private economic development partnership dedicated to promoting San Antonio’s biomedical and health care industry. He was a charter member of BioMedSA’s Executive Committee.
In 1991, Jim was a founding Board member of the Alamo Bowl, a college football bowl game played annually in San Antonio’s 65,000-seat Alamodome. The game matches top teams from the Big 12 and Pac 12 conferences.
Jim earned his BA Degree in Journalism from Trinity University in 1970. He lives in San Antonio with his wife, Carolyn.
Past Leadership Positions
- San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee
- San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Board
- Texas Independent College Fund, Chairman
- College of Business Advisory Board, University of Texas at San Antonio
- Texas Folklife Festival, Chairman (1984-85)
- “Rising Star of Texas,” Texas Business Magazine (1986)