In Memory of John W. Thomas, Jr., a True Pioneer

John W Thomas, Jr. former president of Thomas Built BusesFormer President of Thomas Built Buses, John W. Thomas, Jr., passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 after a short illness. Thomas began his career at Thomas Built Buses in Highpoint, North Carolina as an engineer. He later moved into sales as a regional sales manager and worked his way up to lead the company’s sales effort. Thomas was promoted to President and later CEO/Chairman and continued to lead the company’s growth to become the largest US manufacturer of school buses. Thomas was also a 1949 graduate of Virginia Tech, earning his Manufacturing Engineering.  Floyd Merryman, President & CEO of Sonny Merryman Inc., described Thomas as a true pioneer in the school bus industry who helped pave the way for much of the innovation and success of Thomas Built Buses in current day.

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