Meet February’s Member Spotlight – Nic Thomas
A member of GRYP since 2015, Nic has been an integral part of the organization and a positive influence in our community.
Joining as a way to reacquaint himself with the community and to discover opportunities to get involved, Nic became a member and eventually chair of the Community Advancement Committee to gain a better understanding of GRYP’s impact in our community. Since then, Nic has been on the board and a member of the Executive Committee. He has also served on the Membership and Development Committees.
Outside of attending various networking, professional development and community impact/volunteer events with GRYP, Nic enjoys visiting our local parks for bike rides and hikes with his family. He also enjoys playing sports with his kids and experiencing the diverse culture and eclectic foods Reading has to offer.
As a young professional in the Greater Reading Area, Nic understands the urgency to take action. “I can wait my turn, but must be willing to accept the terms of what I inherit. Or, I can stake my claim on my community and make a positive impact with my actions.” Nic’s drive to make a difference is evident. He has been involved with a number of organizations both through and outside of GRYP.
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters – Bowl for Kid’s Sake
- Bethany Children’s Home – Over the Edge
- Children’s Home of Reading – Christmas gift giving
- United Way – Big Cheese
- Prospectus Berco – Gala and Development Committees
- Berks Chapter of SHRM – board member and Engagement Committee chair
- Leadership Berks Class of 2019
Nic used to be a soccer star and held a few records in his younger days (but nobody wants to hear about that). On a more serious note, he is most proud of his professional development and where he’s at today – as a husband, father and a friend.
Tips to other young professionals:
If you never put yourself out there, you’ll never know. Challenge yourself every day to step out of your comfort zone. In order to grow (advance), you must be willing to get uncomfortable.
“We have an incredible community, full of resources, and ready for the positive impact that we can provide. Get involved in one thing this year that excites you, troubles you or maybe even challenges you. You won’t regret it!”