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Richard Thomas - Founder

A former executive officer of global consumer goods and services companies and CEO in the healthcare industry, Richard E. Thomas has over 25 years’ experience as an organizational effectiveness and leadership consultant with Fortune 200 companies in seven different industries.  Mr. Thomas led culture-blending and enterprise-wide change management and transformation initiatives with an emphasis on leadership development, performance management, and team development for five organizations, in one of which he was a senior partner and two of which he founded and headed as President or CEO.


He is currently President and CEO of Legacy Leadership, LLC, a firm specializing in the  design and delivery of leadership and team development programs using examples from historic events as a framework for experiential learning. The Legacy programs are frequently delivered on location at the historical sites where the events took place. For the past fifteen years, Rich has pioneered in the development of history-based experiential learning as a tool for leader and team development in the corporate sector.  He has personally designed and led hundreds of programs for multi-national corporate executives at such locations as The Bulge and Waterloo in Belgium, Normandy in France, Gettysburg, the Alamo, Antietam, Chickamauga, and the Little Bighorn battlefield in Montana.


Since 2015, Thomas has focused on the Southeast U.S. and has been researching and developing programs based on historic events in such locations as: Charleston, the Beaufort-Savannah corridor in South Carolina and Georgia, the Cowpens battlefield between Charlotte and Spartanburg, and the Kennesaw Mountain battlefield in Marietta, Georgia.  In the Beaufort-Hilton Head, South Carolina area, Thomas has developed programs on the founding of the 16th Century Spanish colony at Santa Elena, the establishment of Mitchelville, birthplace of freedom for African-Americans, and the Battle of Port Royal on Hilton Head, the Siege of Fort Pulaski in Savannah, the Battle of Honey Hill, and the development of the Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head, the first environmentally-sensitive retirement-resort community in the world.


Mr. Thomas is a Board member of several history-oriented charitable organizations in the Beaufort-Jasper County area, a presenter of history-related talks on numerous subjects to a wide range of area organizations, and he is one of the most highly-rated lecturers at the OLLI learning centers in the area.  He has guided customized tours at various historic sites in Europe and the United States for hundreds of groups ranging in size from 6-60, and has conducted programs for and delivered speeches on a host of topics to audiences of various sizes comprised of corporate executives, leadership groups of various sorts, and civic organizations.  His knowledge of Lowcountry history is extensive, and his delivery style is easy and interactive.  He lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife Suzanne.





Richard Thomas facilitating a group at Gettysburg Battlefield - Gettysburg, PA