Robert M. Thomas is CEO of Two Rivers Ranch, Inc, Hickory Hills Land Company, Crystal Springs Preserve, Inc. and Balsam Gap, Inc. Robert is a third generation Tampa, Florida native and a 1977 graduate of the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. He is responsible for the management of over 17,000 acres of low intensity agricultural operations in Hillsborough, Hernando and Pasco Counties in Florida and 5,000 acres in Jackson County, North Carolina. His natural resources management activities include cattle, timber, wildlife, water, recreation and real estate development.
Mr. Thomas was the recipient of the 1993 Agricultural Conservation Award from the American Farmland Trust and the 1994 Florida Audubon Society’s Corporate Conservationist of the Year Award. In 1995 he received the Land Conservationist of the Year Award from the Florida Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation for his “outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the nation’s natural resources.” In 1999 the Florida Department of Agriculture honored him with an Ag-Environmental Leadership Award. In 2001, the Thomas Family and Two Rivers Ranch were presented a Service to Mankind honor from the Tampa Sertoma Club. In April 2011 the University of South Florida presented Robert and Two Rivers Ranch the first USF President’s Award for Sustainability.
In addition to his family owned companies, Robert is involved with several organizations. He is a member and Vice Chairman of the Florida Land Council, Chairman of the Florida State Fair Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Florida State Fair Authority, Chairman of Lowry Park Zoological Society, and serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Agriculture Advisory Council and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority’s Citizens Advisory Committee. He is also on the Boards of Ave Maria University Board of Regents, Central Park Village Youth Services, Crystal Springs Foundation, Dorothy Thomas Foundation, Florida Biomass Energy, Lykes Bros., Inc., Richmond Council of the University of Richmond, Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross, University of Tampa Board of Trustees, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Chairman of the Morning Star School Advisory Council, Chairman of the Museum of Science and Industry, and Honorary Chairman of Quantum Leap Farm. Robert is a longstanding member of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, the University Club of Tampa and Avila Golf and Country Club.