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William Thomas


William Thomas


In 1976, twin brothers Bill and Bob co-founded Gemini Properties — a real estate operating and investment company. The company’s focus evolved toward seniors housing in 1989 with the founding of Senior Star. With 15 communities across seven states, the company’s living and care options for aging adults include independent living, assisted living, and memory support. Senior Star ranks #3 in the United States on Fortune Magazine’s list of “50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services,” resulting from a 2018 survey. A growing company with strong leadership has enabled the brothers to focus their energies on broader senior and community issues.

Bill served as chairperson of the Philbrook Museum of Art Board of Trustees, as well as for the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) and the Tulsa Community Foundation. Bill currently serves on the boards of the national Alzheimer’s Association, Philbrook Museum of Art, ASHA, the University of Tulsa, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sooner Chapter.

Bill and his wife Susan have chaired fundraising galas and capital campaigns for LIFE Senior Services, Domestic Violence Intervention Service, Project Woman, and Street School. Most recently they co-chaired the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Tulsa Memory Gala and successfully implemented a 2-year fundraising cycle, raising a record $3.7 million. They also chaired the Philbrook Wine Experience twice, leading it into one of the top three fundraisers of its kind, nationwide.

Among Bill’s most significant contributions to Tulsa is his seven-year term of board service to the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa, which included his chairpersonship of HOPE VI, a Public Housing Revitalization Program. This $60 million public-private undertaking eliminated 1940s vintage housing and made way for “Country Club Gardens” — 396 units of exceptional residential apartments for low income and market rate housing.

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