Phenomenal Woman: Deborah Scott Thomas

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Congratulations to Deborah Scott Thomas: Majic’s Phenomenal Woman for the Month of July 2012!

In 1994, Deborah Scott Thomas founded Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST). The company, headquartered in Lanham, Maryland, provides a full spectrum of professional services in Information Technology, Aviation Management, Logistics and Operations, Management Support, and Scientific and Technology Support that result in cost-effective solutions of strategic value to our customers and a rewarding work environment for our greatest assets, our employees. DST provides support services to state and federal agencies as well as private industry clients by helping them to successfully manage, staff, develop, and operate their programs.

As president and chief executive officer, Ms. Thomas provides leadership, supervision, and program direction for all phases of business development – from identification of opportunities through satisfactory completion of customer’s requirements. The company’s clients include a who’s who of federal agencies to include: Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Treasury, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Deborah Scott Thomas’ philosophy is “Vision of Excellence,” which is based on making customer satisfaction her number one priority. As a result, DST has over 250 employees.

Deborah Scott Thomas is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She graduated from Alabama State University with a B.S. in accounting and management in 1974. She received her United States Air Force commission as a second lieutenant from ASU’s Detachment 019 in 1975. She earned a master’s in public administration in 1977 from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ms. Thomas retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve, having served her country for three decades. She has worked for Fortune 100 companies as well as small businesses. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, the most recent are: being named one of MEA Magazine’s 50 Women of Power in Business; receiving the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Trailblazers award; being named one of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women; receiving the NBCFAE Eleanor J. Williams Bronze Eagle Award; receiving the Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College; receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.; receiving the Distinguished Hornet Entrepreneurial Award from the ASU National Alumni Association, Inc. Philadelphia Chapter; and receiving the first Silhouette of Service Award from ASU’s College of Business Administration.

Ms. Thomas is married to Oatice Thomas, President and CEO of Operations & Technology Incorporated, and has three sons: William Scott, Darius Thomas and Duncan Thomas. The fifth of seven children, Ms. Thomas has three brothers: Willie Fred, Jim Lamar and Charles Jefferson Duncan; and three sisters: Mary D. Stallworth, Ida D. Sankey and Cassandra D. Duncan. Her mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Duncan resides in Montgomery, Alabama.

Her overall combination of ongoing education, significant training, extensive business background, personal high standard of ethics and limitless enthusiasm forms the cornerstone of DST and its winning formula for “Developing Solutions for Tomorrow.”

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