Thomas joins the cabinet after spending nearly 33 years in the electric and natural gas industry.
Thomas began his career in the industry as a technical engineer for Kentucky Utilities (KU). Over the years, he has held many diverse positions in the electric distribution sector including customer service engineer, field operations coordinator, division engineer, district manager, division vice president, regional general manager, and director of Distribution Operations and Energy Delivery.
At Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E), Thomas was responsible for the safe, reliable and strategic operation of the statewide electric distribution system and related regulatory and compliance functions. His responsibilities included overseeing the installation of service for new customers; enhancing, maintaining and operating the electric network; system restoration and mutual assistance efforts; substation construction and maintenance; and vehicle fleet operation and the federal Department of Transportation compliance.
Thomas has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the Edison Electric Institute Operations Group. Thomas serves on the American Gas Association Executive Council, the Southern Gas Association Executive Committee and the board of the American Red Cross.
Thomas is a graduate of Leadership Kentucky and is a volunteer for Project Warm, the WHAS Crusade for Children and Metro United Way. He lives in Louisville with his wife, LuAnn. He has two sons, Will and Gus.