Isiah Lord Thomas III is an NBA Hall of Famer who has garnered worldwide attention for his contributions to professional basketball, his distinctive business initiatives, and philanthropic endeavors. Inspired by his mother’s work to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and families in Chicago, Thomas founded Mary’s Court to support the health, safety, and academic success youth in Chicago and around the country. Thomas has gained national recognition for his role in Chicago’s Peace Tournaments and his advocacy to prevent youth violence. He has awarded more than 100 scholarships to criminal justice students through the Isiah Thomas Scholarship at Indiana University, his alma mater.
As chairman and CEO of Isiah International LLC, an investment holdings company, Thomas is the owner of a group of businesses dedicated to real estate development and management, private equity, marketing/advertising, and green waste removal. Recently, Thomas partnered with Thomas Cheurlin, owner of the award-winning Cheurlin Champagne, and is now the official owner and importer of the brand.