Thomas is the Senior Director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status for the USGA. He joined the staff in January 2011 and is responsible for the oversight of Rules related functions for the organization. As part of this role, Pagel serves as the lead staff member on the Rules of Golf Committee and works closely with the R&A and the Joint Rules of Golf Committee to write and interpret a single set of Rules for use by golfers throughout the world. In addition to his involvement with the Rules of Golf Committee, Thomas coordinates the Rules operations for the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open and has served on the Rules Committee at the Masters Tournament, the British Open and the PGA Championship. Prior to joining the USGA, Pagel was the executive director of the Utah Golf Association from 2008-2009 and held several positions with the Colorado Golf Association from 2002-2007. Thomas received his undergraduate from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah. He and his wife Courtney reside in Bernardsville, New Jersey with their two young children. Thomas has been a speaker at 11 PGA/UGA Rules of Golf Workshop since 2011.