Of all his responsibilities, Thomas is most proud of “Resident Breakfast Chef.” And, his favorite hobby is attending sports competitions, dance competitions, and music recitals as his kids’ ultimate fan. He and his wife Caroline (Fuller) live in Salt Lake City with their four children and chose to raise their family in Utah because it’s a state with family values that creates opportunity. Thomas grew up in Utah and is a product of Utah public school's and the University of Utah. He loves living in Utah and wants to build on Utah's incredible success while tackling the challenges that has created.
Thomas works as the president and principal broker of the Utah-based company that he built, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, that helps Utah families buy and sell their homes. His business philosophy is to create a vision and implement a strategy that delivers results. With the help of his team, the company has become a leading brokerage in Utah. Starting the company in 2008 was tough and required careful management, cutting budgets, building processes and identifying efficiencies to make payroll. Thomas’s work ethic, leadership, ability to identify talent while anticipating challenges is the driver of the company's success. He will bring the same commitment to Utah as governor.
Thomas has been volunteering for conservative values for over twelve years. He was elected by county and state delegates to be Salt Lake County Republican Party Chairman (2009-2011), Utah Republican Party Chairman (2011-2013) and National Committeeman to represent Utah on the Republican National Committee (2016-2020). This "in the trenches" experience has taught Thomas how state, local and national government work so he can effectively lead Utah.
Thomas served the Republican party and ran his business the same way he would serve as Governor: by being a principled and proven conservative. He has done his best to give back to the community he loves so much by being involved in the Utah Debate Commission, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, United Way of Salt Lake, Dixie State University Board of Trustees, and the Utah State Board of Regents.
I’m running for Governor because I want to get Utah working again. In a time of economic uncertainty Utah needs someone that has weathered this storm before, and I have. My business and leadership experience was forged during a time of financial crisis. I was a brand-new business owner during the Great Recession. Times were tough, but the conservative and traditional values of hard work, perseverance and living within your means paid off. Together with my team, I made decisions that not only kept my employees working, but helped them grow. That’s why I can’t sit on the sidelines any longer. I'm the only one in this race who isn’t a professional politician, and we’re going to need real-world business experience to effectively support Utah’s businesses, manage the budget, make cuts to spending, and focus our limited revenue on the things that matter most. This election isn’t about me, It’s about jumpstarting our economy, it’s about supporting our teachers and students, and it’s about Utah.
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