Commissioner Thomas is a native of Oconee County graduating from Oconee County High School in 1978, University of Georgia in 1983 (Agricultural Engineering Department, BSAMT), and Southern Polytechnic State University’s Land Surveying Program in 2008. He holds a Georgia unrestricted electrical license, utility manager license, HVAC license, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (Level 1A) Certification, and OSHA Trenching and Excavation Certification.
Mark and his wife, Dianne, are the owners of Hot Thomas BBQ, Inc., a family business passed down from Mark’s mother and father, “Hot” and Mary Hannah Thomas. Mark and Dianne have three children, Morgan, Madison and Andrew. Since 1988, Mark has been the owner of Mark Thomas Enterprises, Inc., a grading, electrical and mechanical contractor business. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Mark worked for Flint EMC as Manager of Member and Public Relations. As lifelong farmers in Oconee County, Mark’s parents involved him in the family’s farming operations very early in life.
Mark has had several opportunities to educate students as an instructor of electrical and HVAC courses through the Georgia Electrical Membership Corporations, Georgia Power Company, Southern Company, Southeastern Electrification Council, Athens Regional Medical Center, as a contributing author for the Georgia State Electrical Licensing Examination, and through adult education classes with various colleges and universities (UGA, Fort Valley, Bainbridge, Clayton State, Athens Tech, Gwinnett Tech).
Serving the community, Mark has been a member of the Oconee County Industrial Development Authority (2015-2016), Oconee County Board of Education (2011-2016), Oconee County Tax Equalization Board (1991-2010), Oconee County High School Technology/Career Education Advisory Committee (2003-2007), and President of the Watkinsville Civitan Club. He received the Oconee County Fire Department’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1998. Mark has also served in his church as Board Chair, Trustee, Elder, Sunday School Teacher and building team chairman.
As the Post 1 Commissioner, Mark looks forward to serving the citizens of his home county.