Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas serves as President of W.R. Newman and Associates, Inc.  Lee is a 1997 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He has worked in the construction industry since he graduated college, when he went to work as a rock and demolition blaster for an explosives company.  Prior to moving to Nashville in 1997, Lee was raised on his family’s farm in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  He spent his childhood working the crops and cattle with his Father and his Brother.  Lee came to work for W.R. Newman as a project manager in 2000, and became a partner in 2012. 

In his role as President, Lee monitors projects and relationships through constant communication with company leaders.  He also handles site selection, budget proposals, and due diligence assisting owners and developers with potential future development and lease procurement.  All of this is done reinforcing some of the company philosophies of W.R. Newman, Honesty and Integrity with Excellent client service.

During his tenure at WRN, Lee’s key projects have included serving as Relationship Manager for Tractor Supply Company for 16 years with over 600 projects completed, Relationship Manager for McDonald’s for 8 years with over 30 projects completed, overseeing construction of Town Center Retail and Medical Development – Mt. Juliet, TN and construction of Graves Crossing Retail Development – Mt. Juliet, TN, and the successful opening of W.R. Newman’s regional office in Los Angeles, California.

Lee is an active member of the Parent Association Board at the Oak Hill School in Nashville, TN and the West Meade Swim & Tennis Club Board of Directors in Nashville, TN.  After hours, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, attending their sporting events, hunting and golfing. 

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