Thomas Smith's journey has given him experience as a club member, titleholder, presenter, and community supporter. Thomas is honored to have received the Pantheon of Leather Southeast Regional Award for 2011 and the Pantheon of Leather President’s Award in 2000. Thomas was the inaugural recipient of the Connell-Stanley Award for the Kentucky Leather Person of the Year in 2011. Thomas is a past President of the Lexington Lyons Leather Club in Kentucky. He is an associate member of the Atons of Minneapolis and an alumni member of the Black Guard of Minnesota. He is a member of Mama's Leather family and known as "Mama's Kentucky Colonel". He was Mr. Kentucky Leather 1997 and Mr. International Rubber 1999. He believes that your actions, words, honor and generosity to others will define you far more than a title or awards ever can.
Thomas is particularly proud to have created and be the leader for the Leadership Forum (which serves as a resource for leaders helping leaders in the kink community) and is the owner and leader of Sensual Players (one of the largest groups on FetLife) and Erotic Literature (FetLife group for erotica writers). He is a member of the national Board of Directors and Chair for the Leather Leadership Conference, Inc. Thomas believes that leadership is practiced in attitude and actions and results in inspiring achievement.
CLASS: Leadership Symposium
Thomas Smith, Chair of the Leather Leadership Conference, would like to invite you to a different type of class -- a Question and Answer series where the presenters ask the questions and the attendees provide the answers. During this discussion, Thomas will act as impartial moderator, proposing difficult and challenging questions that are pertinent to the kink and leather communities. He will then call on volunteers from the audience to provide answers on these topics, cultivating several different responses and viewpoints in the process. The goal of this class is to create a think tank atmosphere of community leaders and open dialogue on controversial and thought provoking topics.