Crain’s Twenty in their 20’s
Michigan Chronicle Forty Under 40
Spirit of Detroit Award
Councilwoman Sheffield, Community Service Award
Karen Dumas Award
Eric Thomas is a Brand Strategist and Senior Partner at Detroit-based Saga. During his career he has worked with hundreds of businesses and organizations to help them develop their brands and find their voice through Storytelling. Known for his unique perspective, engaging communication style, and sharp sense of humor, Eric has made a name for himself as a speaker, writer, and adept networker.
His blog on LinkedIn has experienced tremendous success. In under a year his writing had been viewed over 2.1 million times and been republished across the globe; one of his most viewed articles to date, “How to make Millennials hate you, The Pepsi Way” dissected the controversial commercial fueling conversation around conscious marketing. His widely distributed, “Why I Hate Detroit article" sparked heavy discussion around the world of Detroit's reality.
The growth of Saga and reach of his blog has turned a new page in his entrepreneurial journey. He’s rapidly become a sought after speaker, engaging audiences around the country on the topic storytelling, marketing, and business at TedXDetroit, The Digital Summit, the Industrial Design Society of America to name a few. The growth of his blog has lead to writing opportunities with local, national, and international publications including Hour Magazine, The Detroit News, and Financial Times. He’s also been a source for the New York Times, The Economist and Adweek.
Thomas has also been honored to be an inductee with Crain’s Detroit Business “Twenty in their 20s.” (2016), and recipient of Michigan Chronicle's 40 in their 40s(2017) award and The Spirit of Detroit award (2017).
Speaking / Appearances
Eric has spoken in small classrooms, at major universities, and major stages. From Intimate small groups to 3,000 seat theaters, like TEDxDetroit, Eric brings energy and enthusiasm to every presentation.
MIT, The Spirit of Detroit
Detroit Regional Chamber, Digital Marketing Bootcamp
NPR, The Frame
Fox 2 Detroit, Various On Air Appearances
Digital Summit - Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago
IDSA - The Power of Storytelling
Why I Hate Detroit' writer: the walls are higher in the hood, Click on Detroit
Comcast ‘All Hands’ Meeting, Building your Personal Brand
American Black Journal | CBS
In a short two years, Eric Thomas has a few of the most read blogs on Linkedin for a combined readership of over 2.2 million people. He has also been republished by local, statewide, and national media.
From ‘why I hate Detroit’ to Why I stayed, Financial Times
Detroit Can Beat the Gentrification Game, Hour Magazine
Why I hate Detroit, Metro Times
Dear America, I'm not your excuse, State of Opportunity / Michigan Radio
Eric’s writings and speaking have been cited in some of the largest, most trusted publications in the world such as the New York Times and the Economist.
How Pepsi Got It So Wrong, AdWeek
Detroit’s long road to recovery begins downtown, The Economist
Eric Thomas / Marcus Burrell, Crain's Detroit