Kent County Roots

Thomas was born and raised in Grattan Township, and which is just north of his home in Vergennes Township. His roots in Grattan can be traced back to the early 1850’s when his ancestors first immigrated to America. Thomas did not come from a family of privilege. Growing up it was clear that any accomplishments he attained would be earned through hard work. In the Albert household great emphasis was placed on faith and the values of honesty and integrity.


Family

Thomas and his wife, Erica, were married in 2010. Erica is a secondary math teacher, and after they were blessed with children she has worked as a full time mom. Thomas is the youngest of five sons born. He is very proud that his four older brothers are all law enforcement officers in West Michigan with families of their own.


Education  

Thomas began his early years of schooling at St. Patrick’s Elementary in Ada, MI and then moved on to Belding High School. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Political Science and History. After completing his military service, Thomas used the G.I. Bill to attain a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University with a concentration in finance. Thomas then obtained the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) certification.


Military Career – USMC

Thomas spent 10 weeks between his junior and senior year of undergrad at the United State Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.  The following year, on graduation day, Thomas was commissioned as a Marine Corps Officer.  He spent the next year attending training schools in order to enter the operational forces as a Motor Transport Platoon Commander.  In 2009, Thomas deployed to Iraq as an advisor to the Iraqi Army in the Anbar Province.  After leaving active duty, Thomas continued to serve as a reservist until 2013.