Founder, President/CEO, Board of Directors
With nearly 20 years of experience championing virtual and hosted phone solutions for small businesses, Eric Thomas is a strong leader in the telephony industry.
Believing that major carriers and systems providers underserved small businesses in terms of business phone features and functions, Thomas started FreedomVoice in 1996 to offer small and mid-sized businesses feature-rich, yet affordable, virtual phone systems and 800 numbers.
In 2006, with tens of thousands of small business clients already served, Thomas set his sights on the rapidly emerging hosted voice-over-IP market. Not content to buy or borrow someone else’s technology, Thomas led the creation and 2007 launch of FreedomIQ, a hosted VoIP PBX platform that FreedomVoice engineered from the ground up. Now known as Cloud PBX, this platform remains the company’s flagship offering, providing business owners with a virtual phone solution that is a smart, cost-effective desktop phone alternative to the traditional office PBX phone system.
Prior to FreedomVoice, Thomas founded and ran B/T SciTech, a molecular biology distribution company for four years beginning in the early 1990s.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Sciences and Biology from the State University of New York at Syracuse and a Master of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Thomas has a passion for photography, outdoor activities, and making a difference in the lives of other people, whether through his business or personal endeavors.