John Thomas resides in North Litchfield with his wife. Mr. Thomas holds a civil engineering degree from Vanderbilt University. He was a career Naval Intelligence Officer, retiring with the rank of Commander. In addition to his Navy career, he was a traffic engineer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and for 10 years was a systems engineer for a government agency that develops and operates satellite intelligence systems. Mr. Thomas served as President of the Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association, and is also a volunteer with South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE), dedicated to sea turtle conservation in Georgetown and Horry counties.