2019 Trailblazer: Thomas Rhodes
Thomas Rhodes, 32
John Hackney Agency, Rocky Mount
You could describe the UNC Chapel Hill graduate as an overachiever: The risk management specialist and Rocky Mount native holds eight professional designations related to the insurance industry and has licenses in property and casualty, personal lines, life, health, surplus lines, broker, and Medicare supplement. He also serves as chairman of iLEAD — formerly known as Young Agents Committee — is on the board of directors for the Independent Insurance Agents of N.C., and was elected president of the eastern North Carolina chapter of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters last year. In addition to his insurance work, Rhodes is vice chair of the Nash Health Care Foundation and a member of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, where he connects entrepreneurs to resources to help grow their businesses. The self-proclaimed “foodie” and soon-to-be father — he and his wife are expecting a baby girl in October — loves spending time outdoors kayaking, running or playing sports.