On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Ricky Thomas presented at Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County, VA to site consultants. He was one of two local industry representatives.

Ricky shared his story of how TAM was created and why it was important to him to create a business in this region. Ricky likes to seek top talent of all ages. He is very passionate about finding young professionals who are from this area and giving them a reason to stay in Carroll County, VA. There are job opportunities here thanks to TAM. Bringing other businesses to this area, whether small or large, there is a workforce available here who are committed to this region.

Some of the attendees were: Steve Truitt, Carroll County Administrator, Keith Barker, Galax City Manager, Bill Shepley, Grayson County Administrator, C.M. Mitchell, BRCEDA Chair and Galax Mayor, Dan Campbell, BRCEDA, Lindsay Hurt, VEDP Managing Director, Products Sectors and Brantley Ivey, Managing Partner of Grayson Natural Farms.