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Dean Thomas Honored as Minority Business Leader

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In front of some 400 people at the Washington, D.C., Ritz-Carlton, David A. Thomas, dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, was honored as a 2014 Minority Business Leader of the Year by the Washington Business Journal. Georgetown alumnus Ted Leonsis nominated Thomas for the award.

“Dean Thomas understands the higher calling of Georgetown University and is leading the business school to meet its destiny as the leading double bottom line graduate institution on the planet,” said Leonsis. “As an alum, board member, and a parent with a son at the business school, I couldn't be prouder of him. Hoya Saxa!”

This is the seventh year the Washington Business Journal has been presenting this award to the region’s top 25 minority business leaders for their professional accomplishments, community leadership, philanthropy, as well as awards and milestones.

“I am deeply honored to be nominated and selected to receive this award,” said Thomas. “My parents instilled in me very early the importance of education, and the opportunities from that education transformed my life. That’s why I’m so passionate today about creating transformational experiences for our students to enable them to change the word.”

Celebrating this achievement with Thomas at the March 20 event were Angela Garcia, principal of Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys who taught Thomas’s children; Victor Hoskins, deputy mayor for planning and economic development; as well as Georgetown alumni, colleagues, and students.

Since his arrival at Georgetown McDonough in August 2011, Thomas has become an active member of the DC business community. He serves as a trustee of the Federal City Council, whose members have demonstrated a commitment to community engagement and a passion for improving the District of Columbia. In addition, at the request of DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Thomas has co-chaired an executive committee comprising the deans of four local business schools to partner with the Mayor’s Office in developing a five-year economic plan for the city. Dean Thomas assigned five MBA students to work with the deans to develop the plan, saving the government more than $1 million, which was the estimate Mayor Gray received from private consulting firms bidding on the project.

In addition to his work at Georgetown and in DC, Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of DTE Energy and is a member of the Estoril Conferences Advisory Board, located in Portugal, which addresses the challenges of globalization, with specific attention to the relationship between local and global solutions.

View a video shown at the awards celebration and read a profile about Dean Thomas here.