Name: Paul Thomas
Job Role: Senior Business Development Manager
Length of service: Over 5 years
Your bio: An Agronomist, with a passion for sustainable farming and technological advancement, family focused, enjoy travelling and the outdoors, motor racing and sport. I previously worked for Bayer and Syngenta and ran my own business for 10 years, before returning to Agricultural sector.
What attracted you to Muddy Boots?: Family owned business with loyal employees, great working environment and excellent reputation on farm.
What does a typical working day look like?: As travel is now restricted, I am mostly office bound, spending 40% of my time on Teams video calls with new prospect clients or partners, 30% with Muddy Boots team members, 20% prospecting new clients and research into territory opportunities and 10% general administrative work.
Interesting fact about you: I was an explosives/demolition qualified officer in the Royal Engineers in the South African Army. During my service in the 1980’s, I detected and removed several Soviet made anti-tank and anti-person landmines in Nambia during combat situations. In those days we had no protective gear and wore standard uniform only. Gun Collector in South Africa.
Ideal dinner party guest: General Bernard Montgomery, commander of the 21st Army Group, which comprised all of the land forces involved in the invasion of Europe.
Favourite food: Steak
What makes you passionate about food / farming?: I grew up on a small farm in rural South Africa and always enjoyed the work ethic, community spirit and farm based lifestyle
Do you have any skills or talents that people don’t know about?: Demolitions explosives and firearms background, avid Petrol head interested in 4x4, hot rods and high power cars, enthusiastic property refurbisher, able to tackle home restoration from basic building work through to re-wiring and plumbing.
What advice do you wish you’d been given early in your career?: Develop Internationally transferable skill sets early on, and look beyond what you currently can imagine.
Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings you usually find me... exercising the rescue dogs in the hills or on the beach
What’s one item you can’t leave your house or apartment without?: Swiss Army Knife multi-tool – this is an old farming habit
What publications do you regularly read or what book are you reading now?: Hotrod and car/motorcycle magazines and I read a lot of European History from the Viking era through to World War 2.
Describe yourself in three words: Countryside-loving family man