With his wide-ranging background in tech marketing, history, and technology, he has explored 40 states in the USA, the Caribbean, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Thomas earned an MBA in Marketing from UCLA, where he served as a fellow in the UCLA Entrepreneurial Center. He directed several fund raising initiatives for the Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers in the 1980s. He has an MS in Information Systems and a BA in Communications, with a minor in Black Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Known by his nickname “Blue” while at ‘Pitt, he was also sound technician for Kuntu Repertory Theatre.