Before becoming President at The Audio Visual Company, Thomas started his career in electronics as an Avionics Mechanic in the Air National Guard, where he worked on the F-102 Delta Dagger and the F-4 Phantom. It was then that his fascination with electronics began. Thomas had such a passion for electronics that he took classes in the civilian sector to get a better understanding and grow his capabilities. While working to get his degree to eventually become a pilot in the Air National Guard, Thomas’ instructor saw the potential that he had and asked Thomas to be a business partner. He had to make the tough decision to go into business or become a pilot which he just received his acceptance letter to attend the Air Force’s aviation program. Thomas became a business owner at the age of 24 of a consumer electronic company, Hoffman’s TV.
Although he enjoyed the consumer AV business, his growing desire for larger AV systems took him down the path to buy The Audio Visual Company (AVCO). Very rapidly, Thomas grew AVCO to become the largest AV integration company in Hawaii. With his beginnings as an Avionics Mechanic, Thomas knew service was just as important as the system itself. His vision was to be Hawaii’s premier AV integrator and stand up a full service center to support AV systems for years after the initial integration. Even Thomas did not foresee the amount of success that he would have leading AVCO. His focus has always been in Hawaii, but the reputation of AVCO has taken him to Alabama to service the US Army, South Korea, and Guam.