James R. Allen

Chairman and CEO, Hilliard Lyons

James Allen has devoted his entire working career to Hilliard Lyons after joining the firm in 1981. After being named President of Hilliard Lyons in 2003, Jim was elected Chairman and CEO of the company effective January 1, 2004.

Jim is active in the financial services industry and with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, where he currently serves on the board of directors and is vice chairman.  He also chairs the Regional Firms Committee.

Jim is involved civically in Louisville, where he is the current Board Chairman of the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation and 2018 board chair elect of Greater Louisville, Inc., Louisville’s Chamber of Commerce. He chaired the 2016 Metro United Way Campaign for Greater Louisville.

He also serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Louisville School of Business, the Board of Trustees of Bellarmine University, and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.

Jim was inducted into the Junior Achievement Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame in 2015. He received the 2013 Joseph W. Kelly Award, presented annually by the Kentucky Board of Education for support in promoting school improvement. In 2009, he was awarded the YMCA Spirit of Louisville Award, and in 2008, he was named the Business First Business Leader of the Year (large-company category).

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University and an MBA in finance from the Ohio State University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Jim is married with one daughter.