Lee Thomas '83 was named Georgia Trend Magazine's 2019 Georgian of the Year for her role in "guiding, strengthening and enhancing Georgia's film industry".
Thomas, an Atlanta native who has worked for the state film office since 1996 and has been its head since 2010, nurtures an industry that had a $9.5-billion impact on the state in FY 2017 – up from $241 million 10 years ago. Under Thomas’ guidance the state’s film and TV activity has flourished, kicked into high gear by the 2008 tax credit passed by Georgia’s General Assembly. Her longtime boss, former Gov. Nathan Deal, says, “Lee Thomas has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the promotion of Georgia’s entertainment industry, and her efforts have had a profound impact on Georgia’s reputation as a hub for film creation. Recently, we’ve seen a number of action films, including superhero movies, filmed here. Lee is one of the real-life heroes working behind the scenes to see that the world’s leading filmmakers choose Georgia.” Congratulations Lee on all of your hard work and well deserved honor!