“Milt is "big corporation bright" in matters of practicality, innovative thinking, and marketing breakthrough. Moreover, he is one of the most effectively brilliant guys I've ever known.”
- Richard K. Rodgers, President
THE KELLY RODGERS GROUP
Milt Thomas grew up on a farm in Dooly County, Georgia, the second oldest of four and the oldest of three sons. He attended school at Vienna, Georgia, much of the time during the waning days of Jim Crow, and after graduating high school, where he was Valedictorian, he was accepted into the University of Georgia, where he majored in Journalism and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
After more than twenty years in professional corporate roles, Milt is a former marketing communications executive of The Coca-Cola Company and business integration strategist for Home Depot, Inc. While at The Coca-Cola Company, he was a principal in mounting the corporation’s strategic and global event marketing initiatives and provided executive oversight in constructing key strategic business development presentations. Moreover, he spearheaded explorations into a technology alliance aimed at developing a next-generation, predictive “fuzzy logic” methodology, for evaluating marketing message effectiveness, prior to go-to-market.
At Home Depot, Milt supported company Founders, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, and their executive corps in devising and implementing a series of communications-driven initiatives for corporate development, strategic growth, and internal branding. This included new product rollouts, messaging strategies for emerging markets, assimilation strategies for new acquisitions, and internal intelligence that facilitated cultural engineering and customer relations optimization. This all fueled and accelerated the company’s highly acclaimed performance -- 25% compounded annual growth – and nurtured corporate values that became, as a brand tenet, the company’s preeminent value differentiator.
Prior to his recruitment by Home Depot, Milt was with WSB-TV, the Cox-owned, Atlanta ABC Network affiliate, where he ascended through the ranks to become a senior executive. In this role, he was instrumental in devising and implementing a transformation strategy that embraced progressive change and contemporary Business Best Practices that relied little on the internal collegial climate that has stalled performance. This transition allowed the station to revitalize its business model and continue to succeed in an industry that had witnessed near devastating erosion and exposure in a highly competitive environ.
Currently, Milt is an executive consultant, providing: Executive Coaching, Product Development, Acquisition Integration Strategy, Business Strategy & Balanced Scorecard, Internal & External Brand Development, Customer Predictive Analytics, and Organizational Fitness & Behavior.
Milt earned his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and, aside from his consulting, which he enjoys, Milt is an inventor, holding several U.S. patents with others pending, and he is a published author and blogger.
Now, Milt joins a small phalanx of free thinking, conservative black intellectuals who have no fear of speaking their minds -- men such as Herman Cain and Thomas Sowell.
Articles by Milt Thomas:
This is something about which I have written before, but, in light of Todd Akin’s apparent lack of sufficient brains to do his own wiping, I felt compelled to repeat myself, hoping that, at some point, it might strike home. Conservative or not, Todd Akin’s remarks about abortion and “legitimate ... continue reading
Last week, the media was all flummoxed when MSNBC’s Touré (and don’t you just love the Liberal hubris of single-name brands?) accused Mitt Romney of fomenting the otherization and niggerization of America. These charges were leveled at Romney for his assertions of Barack Obama conducting ... continue reading
I remember the years as if they were last week’s—1963 through 1968—a time during which the presumptive champions of America’s Blacks fell to assassins’ bullets—JFK and his brother, Robert, Medgar Evers, and the inimitable Martin. Along with each sacrificial headline came ... continue reading
The gloves are off, and the deck from which the Obama Machine draws race and other denigrating cards is filled with Spades in the denomination of Ace, while the brilliance of Romney contingent idles to the wilds of political retreat. If one did not know better, many of whom do, one could not help but wonder if ... continue reading
Do Black voters suffer cognitive disabilities that render them intellectually ill-equipped to be trusted with a ballot? The answer to that question begs to be screamed from the constitutional rafters, where there is no “right to vote.” And, if posed in mixed company, that answer will be avoided ... continue reading
In the midst of what likely is to become the bloodiest of all Presidential mano-a-manos, the last man standing in the bid to become the champion of the Conservative route, Mitt Romney, suffers the insufferable—too smart for his own good. Romney is an indisputably competent businessman, with an eye and a ... continue reading