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Mr. Thomas is the Immediate Past President of the National Bar Association (NBA) having served as the Association’s 75th President during the 2017-18 bar year. The National Bar Association is the largest Association of African-American lawyers, judges, and law students in the United States with a profession- al network of over 65,000 people.
The National Black Lawyers: Top 100 includes Mr. Thomas on its list of the Top 100 Trial Law- yers, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifica- tions in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers. Mr. Thomas’ selection was based upon his performance as an exceptional lawyer in the practice area of matrimonial and family law in the state of Illinois.
Mr. Thomas is a member of the Governmental Affairs Standing Committee in the American Bar Association’s (ABA). He also serves on the Council of the State and Local Government Section of the ABA and is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Human Rights Magazine for the ABA’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. Mr. Thomas also serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and serves on the Cook County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Mr. Thomas’ passion is community and public service. While in law school, he successfully ran for the West Aurora School Board, commuting 120 miles each way every weekend during the campaign. At the age of twenty-five (25), Mr. Thomas became the youngest person ever elected to the West Aurora School Board and became the first African-American ever re-elect- ed to the Board in 1999. While on the school board, Mr. Thomas served as Chairman of the Board’s Personnel Committee. Mr. Thomas continues to serve his hometown of Aurora as a member of the A+ Foundation Board of Direc- tors for West Aurora School District #129 which supports and promotes educational, cultural, and charitable programs for the students and alumni. Mr. Thomas has also demonstrated his commitment to education and the community by serving as an adjunct professor at North Park University, Aurora University, and Robert Morris
College teaching courses in conflict resolution, negotiation strategies, and business law in addition to volunteering as a public speak- er with Chicago Public Schools through their Communities in Schools Program.
In 2004, Mr. Thomas was elected a Delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. The following year in 2005, he was elected Aurora Township Clerk becoming the first African-American to win a township-wide office in Aurora, IL, the second largest city in the state. In 2009, he was re-elected Aurora Township Clerk with 57% of the vote receiving more votes than any other candidate seeking an Aurora Township office that year. Mr. Thomas was the first Democrat ever to serve as Aurora Township Clerk.
Mr. Thomas serves as the General Counsel of the Morehouse College National Alumni Asso- ciation. Mr. Thomas also serves on the Board of Directors of Mutual Ground Inc., an organiza- tion committed to providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Association, Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Association, and 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. Mr. Thomas is also the 1st Vice President of the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP and State Chair of the Legal Redress Committee for the Illinois State Conference of the NAACP. Mr. Thomas has previously served on the Boards of Directors for the Community Renewal Society and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor and Master’s in Educational Policy Degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Mr. Thomas is an or- dained Baptist minister and recently completed course work to receive his Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chi- cago School of Divinity. Mr. Thomas and his wife, Angela, are proud members of St. John AME Church in Aurora where he serves as the Minister for the Men’s Ministry.
Eric then obtained a position at The Southern Company as an Internal Auditor in Accounting, Finance, and Treasury. During his tenure, he performed due diligence procedures for a subsidiary of The Southern Company – focused on acquiring small security companies. Eric’s responsibilities included testing internal control processes related to accounting and reporting systems at The Southern Company. In that time, he also completed the requirements for licensure in the state of California as a Certified Public Accountant.
In May 2000, Eric founded Brooken & McGlothen, LLC (formerly known as B&M Consulting Group, LLC). Brooken & McGlothen was an independent accounting firm providing accounting, tax, and consulting services to businesses and individuals. The company’s differentiating service package was their outsourced accounting service. This top-tier service included managing clients’ accounting and finance organizations through outsourcing.
In October of 2006, Eric founded Eric McGlothen, LLC, a Certified Public Accounting Firm that provides accounting, tax, and consulting services. Their niche is outsourced accounting services where they handle the back office accounting for their clients. Outsourced accounting services include daily cash management, bill payment, financial statement preparation, tax advisement and preparation, and general business advisement. Outsourced accounting services allow their clients to focus in on what they do best -‐ running their operations. Eric McGlothen is a Certified Public Accountant with a passion for educating individuals, businesses, churches, and pastors on corporate structures, financial management, and tax matters. He has been in the public accounting field for over 15 years. He and his firm pride themselves on providing high quality service to its clients.
MCNAA Misson The Mission of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association is to support and further the ideals and interests of Morehouse College, via varied programs by regional and local chapters throughout the world under the direction of the national headquarters.
The Morehouse College National Alumni Associations is one of the oldest Associations among Historical Black Colleges. The Alumni Association was organized in 1900, and the first national president was elected in 1904. The Association is currently divided into nine regions, each of which is served by a Regional Vice President.
When the seeds were planted for Morehouse College in 1867, it was the beginning of a movement that would change the landscape of America. Over the years, Morehouse has born fruit worthy of the efforts of its founders and its most prized gift to the world – its alumni.
Nearly 40 years after the founding of the College, a group of graduates met to organize an alumni society. They adopted a constitution, officers were elected and the Morehouse College Alumni Association was born. Today, the Association connects Morehouse alumni worldwide who gather together through community service projects, networking opportunities and leisure activities. The Association also funds scholarships and fellowships for outstanding Morehouse students and provides assistance to many campus programs.
Our Mission + Vision
The mission of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association (MCNAA) is to support and further the ideals and interests of Morehouse College. In partnership with leaders at the national, regional and local level we provide services and support to our alumni, students and the larger Morehouse family through a variety of programs and initiatives.
The Association is divided into 9 geographic regions:
Florida, Virgin Islands, The Bahamas
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Bermuda, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, South Africa
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio , Wisconsin
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Rhode Island