Jason Thomas has always enjoyed a challenge. As a child, he enjoyed building complicated things and solving problems.
Today, those skills come in handy in his role as technology support and media services manager for PBA's Campus Information Services.
Computers have always been a huge passion of mine, said Thomas, 28, better known as J.T.
Recently, Thomas was named the University's 2010 Employee of the Year, an honor that he says he never expected.
I couldn't believe my ears, he said. I was just in pure shock. I owe PBA so much. It feels really good to be recognized in this way.
My goal is to be the best at whatever I do. To be a part of the history of PBA is so amazing to me. I'm just doing what God called me to do.
A native of St. Lucia, Thomas attended schools both there and in Florida. He attended King's Academy in West Palm Beach from first through sixth grades, and in 2000, he graduated from St. Mary's College, a secondary school for boys in St. Lucia.
He enrolled at PBA, where he majored in computer information systems and worked part-time on campus. In 2005, he became a full-time University employee, working as a p.c. technician for technology services. He later worked as technology support manager.
In 2009, the West Palm Beach resident earned his M.B.A. from PBA. He was promoted this year to his current position, which involves managing the p.c. technicians and the help desk, as well as the more than 1,000 computers and 25 academic computer labs on all three campuses.
It is not possible for me to more proud of J.T., said Phillip Major, associate vice president for campus information services. He possesses a rare talent; the ability to lead, motivate, solve problems, get results and bring a sense of calmness to the most difficult situations. J.T. has distinguished himself as a true servant leader with a strong focus on customer service excellence.
Thomas' other interests include volunteering for the March of Dimes, an organization to which he contributed many Workship hours. He also has done events for the American Red Cross as well, he said.
He said he hopes to work with PBA's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, and he wants to start an investment club for students.