John Thomas

John Thomas Federated Challenge Speaker 2022

As Vice President of Basketball Development for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, John Thomas leads a team focused on creating memorable experiences, building impactful programs and providing tangible resources for the entire youth basketball ecosystem in the Upper Midwest. He also partners with Basketball Operations to unearth current players' personal, business and community interests to help deepen local affinity and increase their value holistically.

Prior to joining the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Thomas served as National Training Manager for Ultimate Hoops, the basketball division of Life Time, Inc. In January of 2013, john took on the task of building a new basketball training program for over 110 facilities nationwide. By 2017 and with support from an amazing team, they were able to build the training staff from 5 to 74, grow unique participation from 150 to over 5000 and increase revenue from just under $10K to $1.4MM.

It was an amateur and professional basketball career of 22 years that prepared John Thomas for life after the sport. Riddled with both triumph and adversity, John’s story, along with accounts from many colleagues, helped paint a picture of what's needed to create success both on and off the court. After his transition away from the game, he continue his passion to collaborate with the basketball and business community to help players create meaningful impact in all facets of their lives.


Published Date:April 25, 2022

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