Diane Thomas

Diane Thomas

International Trade Manager, Southwest Region

16325 Taylor Place, Suite 300
Abingdon, Virginia 24211
dthomas [at] vedp.org

Diane serves as International Trade Manager for Southwest Virginia, responsible for managing VEDP programs and services designed to support Virginia companies in growing their international sales.


Before joining VEDP in 2003, Thomas served as International Marketing & Sales Administrator with Bristol Compressors Inc. for 18 years.  Thomas’ professional experience includes a broad range of expertise encompassing strategy, business development, marketing, and program management.  She has also held various managerial positions in higher education. 

Thomas served as the Commonwealth of Virginia representative on the Appalachian Regional Commission Export Trade Advisory Council from 2010 – 2018.  She managed the Virginia Global Appalachia Export Initiative Program in 2012, and the Go Global with Coal and Energy Program, a 2 year pilot program, funded through Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (July 2015 – June 2018).

Thomas was recognized as one of the “25 Women of Influence” by the Business Journal of the Tri Cities Tennessee/Virginia in February 2005.


B.A., Business Management - Virginia Intermont College
Graduate Studies - East Tennessee University