Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin met with Los Angeles real estate developer Jim Thomas at the tribal headquarters yesterday to discuss economic opportunities with the Pembroke native. Thomas is a law pioneer among the Lumbees and he is one of the most successful businessmen in the tribe’s history.
In addition to his law career, real estate and construction work, Thomas is the former owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. This was his first visit to the Lumbee tribal complex and he said he enjoyed his visit. His wife Sally and several other family members accompanied him on a tour of the facility. Godwin said it is important for the tribe to reach out to members outside the service area to keep them updated about what the tribe is doing. He said his meeting with Thomas was successful and he looks forward to working him in the future.