Brad Thomas

Progressive AE, Grand Rapids

Brad Thomas serves as president and chief executive officer of Progressive AE, a full-service design firm with offices in Grand Rapids, MI and Charlotte, NC. In his role, Brad provides strategic vision for the overall well-being and growth of the firm. He possesses a forward-thinking philosophy that spaces should contribute to an organization’s performance and goals. To that end, he encourages and empowers employees to be creative and possess an entrepreneurial spirit.

Brad provides leadership to the firm’s clients through the strategy and project planning phases, with significant experience in organizing and leading multi-firm and multi-disciplinary teams. He has extensive experience in contract interpretation, administration and dispute resolution. In 2016, he led the merger of Progressive AE with Charlotte-based ai Design Group to create a stronger, more diverse firm.

Born and raised in Canada, Brad moved to Michigan in 1999 with his family to begin work at Progressive AE. He became the company’s CEO in 2004.


Outside of the office, Brad enjoys spending time with his family and taking full advantage of Michigan’s seasons, whether he’s on the golf course or ski slopes. Brad is also a recreational aviator.

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