People: Encore Wire Corp (WIRE.OQ)
Mr. William R. Thomas, III, is an Independent Director of Encore Wire Corporation. He is a private investor who provides leadership for, and invests in, organizations that create financial return, social impact or both. He has served as President of the Thomas Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit grant-making corporation, since 2008. He has also served as a director of Capital Southwest Corporation, a credit-focused business development company that is an active capital provider to middle market companies across the capital structure. Mr. Thomas served at Capital Southwest as Vice President from July 2010 to September 2012, Assistant Vice President from July 2008 to July 2010, and Investment associate from July 2006 until July 2008. During this time, Mr. Thomas made, enhanced and monetized investments in stand-alone private companies and add-on opportunities, served on the boards of eleven private companies, and oversaw valuation and regulatory compliance. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Thomas earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. During a portion of his time at Harvard, Mr. Thomas served as a consultant to private equity clients at Investor Group Services. From 1993 through 2004, Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot in multiple aircraft and a leader in areas of training, safety, acquisition and logistics operations, achieving the rank of Major. Mr. Thomas is recognized as a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy.
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