After spending time as an educator and art gallery owner, Arnie followed the path of two of his passions, politics & relationships and accepted an opportunity to work for a Washington Post Corporation company called LEGI-SLATE. For 15 years he worked for the first online company tracking legislation & members on Capitol Hill. During this period Arnie started the Senate Division, Law Firm Division, open the New York City and the West Coast regions. His last 5 years with the company he directed the Client Services division with a renewal rate of 95% and above.
In the 2000, Arnie help start a new wireless legislative company in DC called Gallery-Watch. As SVP he continued his strong professional and client relationships to grow the company to one of the foremost legislative companies in the US. In 2007, Roll Call bought Gallery-Watch and Arnie became SVP for internal & external client relationships, became a member of the Executive Committee and consulted the Economist Intelligence Unit (A part of the Economist magazine). In the next 3 years, RC acquired three more companies including Congressional Quarterly and in June, 2012 Arnie retired as SVP for Client Relationships with CQ Roll Call to start his own company A Thomas Group, LLC – A mentoring and leadership company for those who want to make a difference.
Arnie also writes a column for a Capitol Hill Blog, Cloture Club under Every Day Mentor, gives talks nationally, and serves on the Board of Running Start, a nonprofit that educates and supports young women to run for politics.