Values Based Leadership

Values Based Leadership

Peter H. Thomas has been a values based serial entrepreneur for more than four decades, specializing in real estate and franchising. He is recognized as one of the leading developers and leaders of his time in North America. Peter has developed billions of dollars in real estate projects, including shopping centers, apartments, condominiums, hotels and golf courses.

Peter has authored several books, and has been featured on the cover of numerous magazines. He has been recognized with many awards over the years including the National Caring Award – an honor shared by General Colin Powell and Laura Bush; and the prestigious Ernst & Young Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

For his outstanding commitment to values, ethics, entrepreneurship and quality of life, Royal Roads University presented Peter Thomas with an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.

Core Business <br> Focuses

Core Business

  • Multi-Family Housing
  • Franchising
  • Land Development

The Thomas
Group of

260+ Open Locations
350+ sold and in development
On pace to open 400+ centers by 2025

With more than 260 dog daycare centers throughout the United States and Canada and 350 sold and in development, Dogtopia was one of the early pioneers in the dog daycare industry. It has had almost 20 years to refine and perfect the model. As both an investor and franchisee, Thomas truly believes in the brand, the company, and the purpose it serves. Dogtopia is experiencing impressive growth and demand for the brand; flexibility of the model and the availability of prime territories which is only helping fuel the growth. Thomas recently sold a major share of his investment in the business with a valuation of approximately $100M.

Expansion into Canada

  • 22 Locations
  • 8 scheduled to open in 2024
  • 19 in Pipeline

Showing dogs the love since 2002, Dogtopia, North America’s fastest-growing dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, has officially set its sights on Canada for its expansion plans, with 22 open locations and 8 new locations set to open during the next 12 months.

Washington State
Land Development

Highland Ridge
Bonney Lake, WA

  • 77 Single Family Home Lots
  • Invested $2,621,000
  • Sold for $12,000,000
  • Completed February 2019

Washington State
Land Development

Pascolo Estates
Edgewood, WA

  • 18 Half Acre Lots
  • Invested $1,082,000
  • Sold for $4,270,550
  • Completed December 2021

Washington State
Lot Development

Limerick Park
Pierce County, WA

  • 120 lots developed in IV Phases
  • Invested $2,953,000
  • Sold for $6,050,000
  • Completed September 2017

Profit with Purpose

  • Founded in 2017
  • Sold in 2022

Urban Communities has a mission to improve people’s lives through the development and redevelopment of sustainable communities. It was built on the values of healthy living, friendship, joy, security, design, sustainability, and community. We call this profit with purpose.

In 2000, Thomas led the development of the Four Seasons Resort and Spa, in Scottsdale at Troon North, containing 188 Guest Rooms, 22 Suites and 44 Residential Units.

Samoth Capital Corporation

Sold to Sterling
Centrecorp Inc.

In 1984, Thomas founded Samoth Capital Corporation (SCC), a North American real estate financial services company and sold to now known as Sterling Centrecorp Inc. He served as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for the Toronto Stock Exchange listed company from 1984 to 2001.

Westover Hills

Hill Country, San Antonio, TX

Master Planned Community
Land Development

  • 1,276 Acres
  • Investment $9,000,000
  • Sold $150,000,000

$9B Annual Sales
400 Franchises
8000 Sales Agents
Invested $100,000
Sold 75% for $25,000,000

Thomas founded Century 21 Real Estate Canada Ltd. in 1974 and served as chairman until he sold his rights in 1987. When sold it was the largest real estate network in Canada.

Philanthropy I

Philanthropy I

The Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards (GSEA) is a global competition for student entrepreneurs around the world. The competition provides student entrepreneurs with much needed mentorship, recognition and connections to help take their businesses and their lives to the next level.

It was in this spirit that Peter, one of EO’s founding members and Chairman Emeritus, created The Thomas GSEA Foundation to provide funds, leadership, and support for EO’s Canadian GSEA program.

Philanthropy II

Philanthropy II

The Thomas Foundation was established in Canada as a registered public charity by the Thomas family in 1990. The mandate of the Thomas Foundation is to assist organizations involved in mental health and children’s issues along with other Canadian charities such as the Thomas GSEA Foundation.

The foundation has provided the majority of the funding to date for the Thomas GSEA Foundation, which operates under the fervent belief that the world around us is better as a direct result of entrepreneurship. By providing mentorship, exposure, and wisdom by way of the GSEA program, we are helping young entrepreneurs realize their potential through growth and development on their way to success.

Through EO’s GSEA program, we are creating pathways for advanced learning, mentorship, and access to resources that will support their business endeavours and increase the likelihood of their successes.

The Foundation has committed $1.5M to the Canadian GSEA program over the next ten years to help revolutionize what’s possible for students who identify as entrepreneurs.

Philanthropy III

Philanthropy III

LifePilot is a program designed to teach the importance of values and living life in alignment with these values. This creates character and shapes who an individual will become. When your values are clear, your decisions are easier.

Philanthropy IV

Philanthropy IV

The Todd Thomas Foundation was founded by the Thomas family in 2000 to celebrate Todd’s life and honor his memory. The foundation is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a component fund within the structure of the Arizona Community Foundation.

Todd believed that love could solve all the world’s problems.

Founded in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation manages 885 component funds, including 30 supporting organizations, with endowment and trust assets exceeding $556 million.


  • Thomas, Peter H. (2023) The Dream Factory: A Proven Formula to Turn Your Dreams Into Reality! For Purchase Here
  • Thomas, Peter H. (2009). Be Great – The Five Foundations of an Extraordinary Life In Business and Beyond. Jon Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.
    For Purchase Here
  • Thomas, Peter H. (2005). LifeManual: A Proven Formula to Live the Life You Desire. LifePilot.
    For Purchase Here
  • Thomas, Peter H. & Jeary, Tony (2014). Business Ground Rules. Carpenter’s Son Publishing.
  • Thomas, Peter H. (1977). The Peter Thomas Sales Course. Re-mastered for CD in 2008.
  • Thomas, Peter H. (1984). Windows of Opportunity: 21 Steps to Successful Selling. Key Porter Books.
  • Thomas, Peter H. (1991). Never Fight with a Pig: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs. MacMillan
  • Thomas, Peter H. Life Pilot – A Values Based Leadership Workshop
One Minute Mentor

One Minute Mentor

Peter has been a mentor to numerous young entrepreneurs, family members and friends for many years. In order to share his knowledge to a greater audience, Peter has developed a new Social Media Platform called the “One Minute Mentor”.

To follow Peter please click on the following links:

Work Hard Play Hard

Work Hard Play Hard

Peter has always made fun a top priority in his life. He loves cars, boats and planes, and music of all kinds, especially Elvis.

He has clocked thousands of miles on numerous Harleys and has recently graduated to a Can-Am Spyder. He’s an avid hiker, scuba diver, and exercises daily.

He loves movies and reading and hanging out with his wife, family, and friends. He has seen the world many times over and still loves to travel to new and exciting places especially while cruising on his yacht.

And most of all he loves to laugh!



  • 2011 Honorary Doctor of Laws, Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2010 National Caring Award Winner
  • 2008 Honor of EO Trophy Name: The Thomas Trimble Cup honoring Peter Thomas and Bill Trimble as EO’s pioneers
  • 2007 Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization CEO Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007 Introduction into the CEO Hall of Fame, Chicago
  • 2001 Golden Heart Award for Leader of Distinction, Arizona Women Magazine
  • 1998 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Pacific Region
Peter H. Thomas
Chairman & CEO
Rita Thomas
Matt Bowling
Senior Asset Manager
1997 - Present
Bryan Anderson
2015 - Present
Deanna Delyea
Controller Canada
2005 - Present
Ahitza Guerrero
Executive Assistant
2024 - Present

Thomas Pride International LLC

Email Peter Here