T. Paul Thomas

Executive in Residence/Assistant Professor of Practice

T. Paul Thomas

Office: Room 448

(928) 523-6243


T. Paul Thomas Thomas received a BS in Business Administration from The W. A. Franke College of Business and an MEd from the College of Education. He is a serial CEO and president who has led both public and private venture capital backed technology companies with operations around the world.

In addition to teaching at the FCB, Thomas is Chief Entrepreneur for the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Accelerator (NACET.org), and CEO for the Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance (naleaders.org).

Some of Thomas’ accomplishments include raising over $130 million in venture capital; handling the sale or acquisition of eight companies; managing companies in India, China, Japan, Europe, Africa and the U.S. with revenues in excess of $100M; as well as his involvement in three IPO filings. Thomas currently serves on the boards of Komaza (Kenya), Qosmos (Paris), and SimplyDIRECT (Boston).

He is a member of the Northern Arizona University Foundation Board of Directors, former member of the FCB National Advisory Board, and former member of the Young Presidents Organization, Arizona and Northern California chapters.

More on Thomas' Backstory HERE

Thomas' Ask the CEO advice column in Flagstaff Business News HERE

Full story index HERE

As featured in NAUnews, October 2013
Business executive brings front-line experience to first-year students

“I told my students on the first day that I’m going to be a very different instructor,” Thomas said. “First, I went to school here. Second, I’ve spent 30 years in industry, so when I talk about something, it’s because I’ve actually lived through it. I’m going to tell them about real-world experiences.”

That approach is the premise of the Executive in Residence program. Two other executive instructors are putting their experiences to work at NAU, one in a course focusing on interdisciplinary issues in engineering and the other assisting with the startup of an MBA in applied management with an emphasis on hospitality...

“I’m trying to be more practical,” Thomas said. “I gave them 10 things I wish someone had told me, and I told them, ‘If you do these, I promise you will be hired out of college.’"

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