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Brad Thomas

Brad Thomas

First Transit & First Services

DTI Board Member


As president of FirstGroup America’s division First Transit & First Services, Brad Thomas is responsible for more than 15,000 employees across North America. His team operates, manages and maintains nearly 12,000 transit vehicles and provides fleet maintenance services for more than 38,000 public and private sector vehicles and pieces of equipment across the continent. Brad joined First Transit as senior vice president of the East Region in 2003 and was named president in 2009. With nearly 20 years of experience in the transit industry, Brad is well versed in fixed-route, paratransit and university transportation systems, and has extensive expertise in fleet maintenance solutions. Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the State University of New York College at Cortland and holds a master's degree in political science—public policy analysis and administration—from Binghamton University (NY). Committed to service, Brad encourages his teammates to actively support their communities and professional associations. His engaging and respected approach has helped transform the business and its relationship with customers across the continent.