In addition to working with a select group of clients, as President of Lucien, Stirling & Gray, Thomas supervises the firm’s associates. He is also responsible for overseeing the firm’s long-term business development and marketing strategies.
“I consider myself a very lucky man,” Thomas says. “I have found colleagues who are highly gifted in different areas. We all work well together because our greatest individual talents are complementary. We cover a great deal of ground together without stepping on each other’s toes.” He drives the philosophy of “diverse talent, similar core beliefs” at the firm.
“I am proud to be surrounded by excellent professionals who are also downright good people. I enjoy everyone I work with, and I happily introduce everybody in this firm to our most important clients. Honestly, I can’t say that for other firms I have known. It truly sets us apart.”
As Lucien, Stirling & Gray grows, Thomas ensures the firm focuses on constant professional improvement, while retaining its pleasant, collegial atmosphere. “So many financial organizations today lose sight of the fact that, behind the numbers, returns, and investments, we are ultimately dealing with our clients’ deepest hopes and fears. Technical expertise, though important, can never replace a close, one-to-one relationship of trust. If our clients are to get this from our associates, our associates must first get it from this firm— this I firmly believe.”
Thomas grew up in Austin. He graduated from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in 1979, and received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1984. He received his securities and insurance licenses in September, 1984, and has held a principals license since 1986. He is married and has a son, a daughter, and two stepsons.
Thomas currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Endowment Corporation. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and served as President of the St. Stephen’s Alumni Association from 2006-2009. From 1993-1998 he served as President of the 2300-member Austin Men’s Soccer Association. From 1999-2005 he served on the Board of the Austin Parks Foundation, and presided as President in 2000-2001.