Initiatives for the DOL
Trust is the foundation for any organization. The public’s trust for the Department of Labor is at an all-time low. Bruce is already well-respected among his colleagues in the General Assembly, which will be critically important as he works acquire the resources and support needed to modernize the agency to better serve the people of Georgia. This agency has been “at odds” with the General Assembly and the Governor’s office for many years; let’s fix this together.
We must implement leading-edge technology. By eliminating the reliance on antiquated and outdated technology, we can improve the process from start to finish. The current process is labor-intensive to operate, confusing for the claimant, and expensive to maintain. It is imperative that the department upgrades software to a cloud-based system that will reduce the cost of processing claims while providing a user-friendly interface for the public.
This agency has repeatedly stated that many of their community offices remain closed because of the significant percentage of aging workers. When questioned about how to solve this challenge, the answer seems to be elusive. Legislators and citizens of Georgia are exasperated by the actions and attitude of this agency. The Department of Labor must implement leading technologies, recruit a dynamic workforce, and create a culture which values and promotes pro-active problem-solving. Georgia's workers, small business owners, and taxpayers are the Department of Labor's customers, and they deserve world-class service for the money they are required to pay to fund this agency.
Who is Bruce Thompson?
It has often been said that Bruce Thompson is not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting dirty. Whether on a jobsite or just volunteering, he is not afraid of hard work, especially if it involves helping others. People immediately notice Bruce’s “get it done” spirit, which is rooted in his Montana childhood, where life was anything but easy. As a serial entrepreneur, Bruce has successfully launched or turned around a variety of businesses.
Bruce’s life as a businessman started at the tender age of 10, when he began selling fresh milk from his family farm to local school bus drivers. When he turned 22, he launched The Thompson Group in South Florida to provide tenant improvements to 11 shopping centers.
Since then, Bruce has successfully started 2 automatic swimming pool cover businesses that grew to become the largest in the Southeast prior to being acquired in 2018. In 2007, he formed The Thompson Insurance Group from scratch, and over the next 9 years grew it to 6 offices and over $10 million in premiums.
Along the way, Bruce’s business successes, entrepreneurial spirit, and relentless work ethic has resulted in numerous awards, and in invitations to speak at leadership conferences.
In 2008, he co-founded Quoteburst software to automate the quoting activity for the insurance industry. With over 40 million quotes currently processed by the company, it is no wonder it has become the largest and premier quoting solution with over 4,000 agencies. Bruce originally served as the CMO before moving to the COO role, and he currently serves as the CEO of the corporation.
He also co-founded a texting company that successfully delivered 22 million texts in one month to educate voters on a referendum issue.
Bruce is also the founder and owner of Strong Tower Development, an investment and holding company which has built a funeral home, a center for small businesses, and in keeping with his passion for serving those in need, this company has built affordable rental homes for single moms and their children.
Senator Thompson has received numerous awards over the years from the business community, and has been recognized by various lobbying groups as their Legislator of the Year, including:
Despite his many accomplishments as a businessman and legislator, Bruce will quickly tell you that his greatest successes, and joy, comes from being a father to his two children, Faith (21) and Max (16), who he raised with his wonderful wife of 24 years, Becky.
Why is Bruce Pro-Life & Possess a Servant Heart?
One evening in 1964, Bruce’s mother, who was a single mom, needed a ride home from her shift at the California bar where she worked. Four patrons offered her a ride, and she accepted without considering the precarious position she had placed herself in. That evening she was gang raped and became pregnant with another boy.
Fortunately, she decided to keep the child and 9 months later delivered a son that she would name Bruce.
As you can see, Bruce’s path to where he is now was hardly the traditional route many would expect, and many years later he and his wife would choose to adopt the first of their two children.
Ways Bruce Serves
Bruce’s public service dates back to 1998 when he was chosen to participate in a small business conference hosted in Washington DC by Newt Gingrich and former RNC chairman Michael Steele. Nationally, 500 candidates were selected and extensively screened for the opportunity to be one of the 50 finalists chosen for the conference.