Then: Assemblyman, 58th District
Now: Director of government relations, Pacific Life
When Thomas Mays was named to OC METRO’s inaugural Hot 25 list, he was a rising star in the O.C. Republican Party. He’d already served as mayor of Huntington Beach and saw the city through Medfly spraying, massive sewage issues and the American Trader oil spill, and he’d worked for a short time with former Gov. Pete Wilson.
In 1993, Mays took a post as director of government relations for Pacific Life, working his way up to vice president. Now, he manages all state industry-related issues for the firm.
Mays says he’s been approached to run for re-election but has chosen not to, citing his commitment to his family and work. “When I retire, I’ll make that decision,” he says.
– Kaysie Ellingson
OC METRO's 2009 Hot 25 honorees:
Toby Bost | Mike Gillespie | Anil Puri | Sean Collins
Kevin Boylan & T.K. Pillan | Dr. Jason Knight | Hugh Hewitt
Luke Allen | Tina Aldatz | Sukhee Kang | Glenn Gray
Amelia & Florent Marneau | Tim McFerran | Tallia Hart
Bill Sanderson | Henrik Fisker | Janet Hamada | Wayne Gross
Julie Miller-Phipps | Michael Ruane | Carl St.Clair
Pretend City | Phil Willms | Sheryl Bourgeois | Steve Nichols
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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of OC METRO's Hot 25 awards, here are our original Hot 25 honorees, who were featured in 1990.
Doug Rankin | Erich Vollmer | Dennis Aigner | Greg Patton
Janice Mittermeier | Carol Stogsdill | Carl St.Clair
Anton Segerstrom | Christopher Cox | Christine (Reed) Iger
Dr. Robert Bade | Thomas Mays | Mike Goode
Richard Gadbois | Rudy Castruita | Debbie Miede
Ernest C. Brown | Mossimo Giannulli | Daniel L. Rasmussen
Cynthia Ellner | Kathryn Braun Lewis | David Wilhelm
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first Hot 25 honorees