Robert D. Thomas
2011 Outstanding Entrepreneur
Recognized as a business leader with a big heart, Robert “Bob” Thomas believes success comes with a responsibility to give back to one’s community. As a successful owner/operator of Senior Star Living, a company that builds and manages senior housing communities across the Midwest, Bob encourages his staff throughout the company’s many locations to get involved in philanthropic activities and make a difference in their communities. He understands that his is a “people first” business, and his focus has always been on exceptional service and devotion to those he serves as the guiding principle to successful business performance.
Bob works tirelessly as a champion for a “world without Alzheimer’s” by traveling and speaking with legislators and groups that play an instrumental role in providing advocacy and financial support for this cause. The national Alzheimer’s Association honored Bob’s leadership by presenting him with the Maureen Reagan Outstanding Advocate Award, an honor given to only one recipient annually for their work to advance Alzheimer’s advocacy.
Twins Bob and Bill are lifelong Tulsa residents and proud graduates of The University of Tulsa, where the two were football teammates as well as students. As dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic donors to the University’s recently completed Embrace the Future campaign, Bob and Bill made a gift to establish Thomas Plaza at H.A. Chapman Stadium. In true philanthropic form, the team of brothers and their wives issued a challenge to TU alumni and spearheaded a campaign that raised enough funding to complete the project and to secure an annuity for permanent maintenance of the plaza.
Bob currently holds national executive leadership positions for the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, where he serves as treasurer, and the American Senior Housing Association. Locally, he serves in volunteer leadership positions for the Tulsa Community Foundation, LIFE Senior Services, and the Sooner Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
His previous leadership positions include an eight-year term with the National Alzheimer’s Association Board, the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, Street School, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from TU in 1975. Bob and his wife, Jill, reside in Tulsa and have two daughters, Alexandra and Olivia.