Mr. Thomas is a seasoned utility industry leader. With an educational background in mechanical engineering, he has been an active participant in the water and wastewater industry since 1987. Mr. Thomas has a track record of delivering innovation to the industry which has resulted in significant technological advancements and economic savings for hundreds of utility organizations. In the mid-1980s, he was instrumental in developing and advancing the application of bio-solids combustion for energy cogeneration. In the early 1990s, he was an early adopter and pioneer in the sanitary sewer system evaluation field and was a leader in the adoption of open channel flow metering for I/I mitigation and billing as well as a pioneer in the use of desktop GIS for asset management programming. In the mid- to late-1990s Mr. Thomas successfully led the introduction of the use of in-situ epoxy lining for water mains, and for several years became a utility contractor performing water main rehabilitation projects across the United States. Since the early 2000s, Mr. Thomas has been an active utility executive business consultant helping utility organizations implement a number of significant transformation changes that span the areas of business process optimization, strategic planning, and adoption and use of technologies to enhance organizational performance. Mr. Thomas also co-authored a chapter entitled, "The First Step: Establishing a Strong Utility Management Foundation," for the Fourth Edition of the industry guidebook, Water and Wastewater Finance and Pricing: The Changing Landscape. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.