Jim Thompson is no longer a member of Vision 2047 Foundation after the organization formed by long-term international residents of Hong Kong leaked an audio recording of a meeting with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who said she would step down given the choice.
"I was the one who set up that meeting but I couldn't make it as I was traveling. My wife said I was lucky that I was not there."
Established in 1989, the organization is a discussion group comprising foreign residents including business leaders and professionals who call Hong Kong home.
The recording, made during their meeting with Lam at the Hong Kong Club, was leaked to Reuters.
He does not believe it was done by staff of The Hong Kong Club and the Chief Executive, who would more likely leak it to the local Chinese media.
Despite the various issues, Thompson still loves Hong Kong. He moved his business from Yokohama, Japan to Hong Kong in the 1970s.
The son of a naval officer, he arrived in Asia in 1963 shortly after completing his bachelor degree in aeronautical engineering in the US.
He chaired Crown Worldwide Group, which now has business in 60 countries and providing relocation services for mainly corporate customers. The business remains resilient amid the trade war.
Business aside, Thompson has been taking part in charity works including Time Auction, of which he is an adviser. He gives advice and shares his experience through dinners with young people, who have spent hours on volunteering.
"I find it a fantastic idea and I have taken part in it for several years."
He has invited DHL International co-founder Po Chung Po-yang, Ocean Park former chief executive Tom Mehrmann to join. "I found the experience fulfilling. It is more meaningful than making money."