Bob Thomas is uniquely qualified to take on the challenges Indiana, and the nation, are faced with today.
Bob Thomas is not a career politician. Bob is a businessman. The last thing the citizens of Indiana need at this time is another career politician. We need a different type of leader now. Bob does not want to begin a career in politics. Bob wants to serve at the end of his career - to give back to his community - to do his civic duty. Bob's background is a testament to his earnest intention to use every facet of his work ethic, intelligence, education and business experience to serve. He truly believes he can make a difference.
Bob moved to Fort Wayne in 1980 to resurrect the bankrupt and closed Lincoln Mercury dealership. Despite a recession as deep as the one we are experiencing now, Bob turned Fort Wayne Lincoln Mercury into the largest Lincoln Mercury dealership in the region and one of the largest in the entire country. In 1984 Bob moved to the Indianapolis area to open Capitol City Ford. In very short order, it became the largest Ford dealership in the state, and retained that distinction for many years. Over time, Bob bought Bob Jackson Ford and then Allen County Motors. Bob continues to grow his business, and through the years, has employed over 1500 Hoosiers and paid over $240 Million in salaries and benefits to employees in Indiana.
Bob Thomas is a man of strong personal and professional integrity. Of course, every candidate will say the same. In an era when we have all witnessed politicians from both sides of the aisle look directly into our eyes and lie to us with Academy Award winning performances...we need to look beyond what they say and truly see what they do. The personal life and business career of Bob Thomas is an open book, and his decision to run is far from being one of the first chapters. He desires to serve - not to be served. He is a scholar of the Constitution and the early history of the founding fathers. His intent is honorable and based on strength of character and sense of duty. He will not play politics and he will not bend to insider powerbrokers. Bob is a far cry from the typical politician. He has no intention of becoming best buddies with lobbyists or to become a lifelong member of the machine. His desire is to change the system, not become part of the system.