Being in business sets people apart from most ordinary people and the Small Business Community is dedicated to helping others understand that running a business is an obtainable goal and that everyone should try their best at living their dreams.
The Small Business Community recognizes and awards business owners because they often do not receive the recognition they deserve. Business owners are role models for everyone whether they know it or not. Small Business Community 2018 Best of Business Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.
David Thomas is founder and CEO of Equitas Capital Advisors LLC, and Equitas Partners LLC. Equitas serves as an outside Chief Investment Officer for family offices, foundations, endowments, universities, and corporations. Since 1979, David has been active in the investment consulting industry. In 1982 David founded the Louisiana consulting group for UBS PaineWebber. In 1989 he formed the Senior Financial Consulting Group at Prudential Securities, which grew to become one of the largest consulting groups for Prudential worldwide. After 20 years with Wall Street firms, Mr. Thomas formed the independent company, Equitas Capital Advisors, LLC in 2002. Mr. Thomas created the Equitas Evergreen Fund in 2003, a multi strategy hedge fund of funds which is tracked and ranked in Bloomberg under the symbol EQUEVGR_US. In 2011 City Business announced its inaugural class of "Money Maker$" honorees, recognizing David as an investment professional whose work, accomplishments and achievements have not only set the pace for his company, but the region as a whole. David is under contract as a contributing writer for Forbes Online and has written numerous articles which have been published in Pension World, Case and Comment, and Directors and Boards, among others. Professional associations include IMCA – The Investment Management Consultants Association, where David earned His Certified Investment Management Analyst CIMA designation, and LATEC the Louisiana Trustee Education Council. David received his Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. David lectures at Tulane University and served as an adjunct professor of finance for Southern University of New Orleans for five years and as a trustee for the Christian Health Ministries Foundation. He was named an honorary Louisiana State Representative for his work as a founding speaker and sponsor for LAPERS – Louisiana Association of Public Employees’ Retirement Systems. He and his wife, Lucy, reside in Metairie and have three grown children; Nicholas, Olivia, and Alexander.
The Small Business Community Association is dedicated to collecting and organizing information, training, and services that are vital to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone else that needs help running a business, operating a business, or wants to know how to start a business.
The mission of the Small Business Community is to promote a vibrant and growing small business community, support education that will preserve and extend the future of small business and use our gifts within the small business community to serve others for the betterment of our world.
The Small Business Community vision is to enthusiastically advance small businesses in three key areas:
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