From champion athlete to cyber security star: Brad Thomas is a Tassie legend

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Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame inductee, Brad Thomas, has an impressive track record when it comes to setting personal bests.

Now the triple Paralympian has his sights on new levels of performance as the Chief Executive of Adelaide-based software developer, Prophecy International.

It’s been quite the journey for Brad since he won a silver medal in the Men's Pentathlon at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics. This was followed by the 1992 Barcelona games before he took gold in Atlanta in 1996 in the men’s 4x100 metre relay - along with bronze medals in the men’s 100 metres and the long jump.

Brad was awarded an Order of Australia for his contribution to sport and in 2006 he was inducted into the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.

His path to Prophecy International began after the Barcelona games when he moved to Sydney.

“It was a bit of a gamble leaving Tasmania,” he said.

“I thought I would pop up to Sydney for a short time just to get the lay of the land and 25 years later I’m still here.”

His strategy and leadership experience spans sales, marketing, service delivery and operations with strategic growth know-how developed across companies such as Microsoft and Canon. As CEO of Prophecy, he now leads a business using world leading software tools to monitor, measure, report and predict performance in the areas of Cyber Security, IT Service Management and Contact Centres.

“We are pioneers in logging and cyber security, and we see a huge opportunity for a trusted source of innovation and experience to make an impact on the global stage. We have a firm belief in our product and can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Brad lives on the NSW Central Coast, and manages his chief executive duties from a home base.

“That’s the the inherent advantage the information age has delivered,” he said.

“I can conduct the meetings over the internet and travel to Adelaide or visit clients and prospects whenever that physical presence is needed.”

Brad credits the discipline needed of an elite athlete as part of the key to his success in business.

“Goal setting, being open to critical feedback and being constantly in that feedback loop - they’re attributes that translate incredibly well,” he said.

“If you’re successful in sport, that same mindset can contribute to business performance.”

Brad said he looked for those attributes when adding new members to the Prophecy International team.

“I’m looking for attitude – who has got the hunger to learn, to educate themselves, to continuously improve?” he said.

“Give me that type of person every day of the week and they will never let you down.

“If you’re prepared to work hard, anything is possible,” Brad said.

About Prophecy International

Prophecy International was established in the early 1980s as an accountancy software developer. It listed on the ASX in 1997 and moved into software product acquisition in the early 2000s.