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Rob Thoman – Former Mayor of Southport, IN

Rob Thoman

First elected Mayor in 2007 after winning in the GOP primary, Rob defeated incumbent mayor Nanet Tunget.  She had been in office for almost 20 years and the citizens seemed to have grown tired of a stilted administration.  Few things had been accomplished in the previous decade although two recent economic studies outlined the necessary steps guiding the City toward an improved future. The business community and residents could see what current actions had accomplished – a decaying and struggling community that was slowly losing hope. Things in Southport changed quickly after the January 1st, 2008 inauguration.

Rob Thoman has been active in our Southport community for many years. As a young boy, Rob and his friends rode the streets of Southport on their bicycles and played in the parks and ball fields of Southport. Rob’s father was a dentist who had as patients, many Southport residents. Rob, also a dentist, now practices at Southport Road and US-31, just a few blocks from the original Madison Avenue office that opened in 1965.

In 1974, Rob graduated from Southport High School and enrolled at Indiana University, Bloomington. In 1977, Rob joined the United States Army Medical Corps and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado. Rob received his doctorate from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1987 before beginning private practice in Southport. He has completed postgraduate training at the Medical College of Georgia and at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Rob has received fellowship awards in both general and implant dentistry.

Since beginning practice in Southport, Rob and his wife, Carole, have been among our community’s most energetic and ardent supporters. They have worked extensively in support of Southport’s local Boy Scout troops, Perry Senior Citizens Services and the Greater Southport Community Alliance.  He, along with other Southport stakeholders, started a local business chamber, the Greater Southport Business Alliance, and was elected its’ first president to serve its growing membership of 80+ members.

Rob and Carole’s property management company has also purchased and renovated a number of homes in Southport, and has managed to save the former Odd Fellows Lodge, one of Southport’s most well-known structures, from certain destruction.

Having grown-up here, Rob’s roots in Southport run deep. His vision for Southport is that of a vibrant and strong community where neighbors come together and communicate for the betterment of all. He believes strongly that the health of our Southport community depends on the health of its local business environment. Without commercial sustainability within the community, few residents will follow with their own local commitment and personal investment.

An avid pilot, Rob is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association and fly’s volunteer missions for Angel Flight, a regional non-profit providing long-distance transportation at time of personal and community crisis..