About the Thompson Family
Alejandra Ochoa de Thompson, founder and creative director of Thompson Traders, grew up in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, located in the bucolic countryside of west-central Mexico. During those formative years, the seed that would grow into Thompson Traders took root – the desire to bring authentic beauty and craftsmanship from Mexico to American homes. Just 10 miles south of Pátzcuaro lies the town of Santa Clara del Cobre, where the native Purépecha were considered the world’s most advanced metallurgists of pre-Columbian times. With 500 years of history and honing, today there are masters at work in Santa Clara del Cobre. Masters in metals, in technique and in making one-of-a-kind, hand-hammered pieces of art. Every piece preserves the legacy of Santa Clara del Cobre and supports the region – a vital mission to Thompson Traders today. Alejandra’s dream became reality when she and her family took the bold step of launching Thompson Traders in 2003. Joining her in the family business the Thompson Traders executive team is made up of Clifford E Thompson, CEO. Clifford R Thompson President. Jonathan Thompson VP Operations, Chris DeVillers VP Sales, Samantha Thompson VP Marketing, and Fred Starr Chairman.
About Thompson Traders
Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, the company owns its factory in Santa Clara del Cobre where designs for sinks, bathtubs, and accessories for the kitchen and bath come to life. Today, stainless steel, brass, and nickel join copper as part of Thompson Traders’ portfolio, along with special finishes and textures, as well as custom capabilities. No matter material or finish, every design is meticulously hand-hammered by coppersmiths in Santa Clara del Cobre. Each design is rooted in this magical place. Drawn and inspired, from Thompson’s heart. www.thompsontraders.com.
The Thompson Traders team is also very active in the community. They have been involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for over 16 years helping to raise over $13 million in that period of time. Fred Starr as President of the board for Eastern Music Festival along with Clifford E Thompson was instrumental in moving the organization forward. Thompson Traders’ is a strong supporter of the arts with Clifford R Thompson serving on the board of the Greensboro Symphony and Co-Chairing the annual fundraiser for 2 years with record-breaking results. Clifford R. Thompson is also active President for Rotary Club of Greensboro and the Crescent Rotary Club Foundation. He is a member of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Launch Advisory Board.