Thomas Deng Mahmoud Schumann discovered his calling and passion for water in 2012 while pursuing the relaunch of Trinity Water, a distressed, premium bottled water asset in the Trinity Mountains, Idaho. Inspired by the severe 2015 California drought he launched a virtual water cluster, to further the connection, collaboration and communication of water technology companies, investors, corporates, academia, utilities and NGOs. watercluster.com served as a platform to advance water security in California and the U.S.
Deeply immersed in the water space TSC then helped water technology companies and desalination projects in Monterey, California with their financing activities to bring needed new water supply, filtration and desalination technologies to market.
Prior Thomas served as Vice President Commercial Banking at First Federal Bank of California and co-founded German Tobacco Group AG, which launched an international value cigarette brand in the monopolized global tobacco industry. This "misguided" venture led him to discover his true passion for water security, social and environmental impact and financial outperformance.
Born in 1964 in Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt am Main to a Sudanese father and a German mother, Thomas completed his German Abitur, then served as a Private First Class in the German Air Force, before traveling the globe as an international flight attendant with Lufthansa German Airlines.
His travel brought him to Santa Monica where his first business was inspired: Pioneering a market in Germany for recycled Levi’s 501 jeans from California which posed a substantial threat to Levi Strauss & Co. who used every legal and illegal means to get him out of business. Monthly commutes between Frankfurt and Los Angeles led to his 1996 U.S. immigration; he currently lives and works in Santa Monica, one of America’s most environmentally responsible, sustainable, water-conscious cities.
Thomas loves trail running in the Santa Monica Mountains, travel, meaningful connections with people, and acting as an agent of positive, global change. An accomplished endurance athlete and marathoner for 30 years, Thomas has won multiple cross country national championships with CalCoast Track Club M50 team, ranks 7th in M50 age group of 2018 USATF Masters Long Distance Running Individual Grand Prix and is now preparing for a top finish at 2025 Ironman World Championship, Kona in M60 age group.
Thomas values "Spirit, People, Planet and Profit", in exactly that order.
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