In 2006, Thomas founded the flagship Balsam Hill brand in his Palo Alto, CA apartment and coordinated a terrific group of partners that revolutionized the Christmas tree. Today, Thomas is privileged to work with an exceptional team of colleagues and partners around the world to lead the strategic direction of our products and our company. He retains his role as the lead designer of each of Balsam’s Christmas trees, and travels the world in search of the finest products to share with our customers.
Thomas’ entrepreneurial passion surfaced at age three when he started a business selling dead tennis balls re-purposed as dog toys to neighbors from his trusty red Radio Flyer wagon. More recently, Thomas served for seven years as CEO of Progress Wire Products, in marketing for the Clorox Company, in business development for the Cleveland Clinic, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Thomas has been named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist and honored on the Silicon Valley “40 under 40” list. He is an angel investor, mentor, and board advisor to consumer product and ecommerce startups. He was named an Arjay Miller Scholar in Stanford’s MBA program and is a proud Purple Cow, holding an undergraduate degree from Williams College in Geosciences, Economics, and Environmental Studies. If granted a superpower, Thomas would choose the ability to heal. (The ability to create world class ski resorts with endless powder days would be a close second.)