Howard G. Thomas
Mr. Howard G. Thomas started in the vacuum and sewing machine industry in 1955 working as a sales representative for the Singer Sewing Machine Company canvassing door to door selling sewing machines, sewing products, and vacuum cleaners. He stayed with the Singer Company for over 25 years. During his tenure he worked his way into Store Manager, District Manager, Regional Training Manager, and ultimately Manager of the Management Development Center where he was responsible for development of sales and training programs to be used by 960 company stores and 1500 dealers. While a visionary in the field of sales and management with the Singer Company, Mr. Thomas received multiple awards and designations including Salesman of the Year, Top Team Leader and Top Performer. He became known for his rendition of "Everything is Beautiful" at the start of most if not all of his training sessions. Many of the individuals Mr. Thomas trained in sales and management techniques with Singer have gone on to be very successful sewing and vacuum dealers today.
In 1980, Mr. Thomas opened his first sewing and vacuum dealership in Dallas, Texas. With the success of this dealership, he opened additional dealerships in Texas owning four at one point in his career. Today Mr. Thomas operates Thomas Sewing Center in Mesquite, Texas in the same location for over 25 years where he currently sells a full line of Janome sewing and quilting machines, beautiful designer quilting fabric, and sewing and quilting accessories of all kinds. His dealership has been awarded Top Ten Sales for Janome-America for 15 years running. Thomas Sewing has participated in the Texas State Fair for over 25 years where thousands of people have been introduced to the art and creativity of sewing and quilting for the first time. Mr. Thomas has been instrumental in the training and development of many Home Economics Teachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Today there are still successful programs in this area supporting the growth and development of young students in the art of sewing. Thomas Sewing Center offers summer sewing programs for young teens encouraging the excitement of sewing. His store participates annually in many charitable programs sewing quilts for children in various needs. He works with many church groups, quilting guilds, and schools supporting the growth and development of sewing and quilting.
There are many individuals in the community and in and out of the sewing industry that have learned winning sales techniques from Mr. Thomas. Countless employees and family members have worked for Thomas Sewing Center over the years providing a healthy living for their families. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas put family and employees, and customers first. In the recent Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop that took place this September, time and time again Thomas Sewing Center was recognized for its top customer service. It is their winning attitude, friendly manner, and occasional competitiveness that have made Thomas Sewing Center successful all these years. If you have met, trained with, or worked with Mr. Thomas you know his motto, "Demonstrate often, demonstrate well, that is the key to a successful sale!" And if lucky, you might have caught a verse of "Everything is Beautiful".
2012 Sewing Industry Hall of Fame inductee.