Thad is from Danville, KY and graduated from Boyle County High School in 1986. He attended the University of Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture in 1992.

Thad is also an Eagle Scout and a master gardener, with special interest in perennials, native plants, and habitat restoration. He was chairman of the Georgetown Ducks Unlimited chapter from 2007 to 2009.

Upon graduation, Thad started a company called Landscape Alternatives with a classmate, and operated it until 2009, the last six years of which also included operating a garden center in Georgetown.

Thad has lived in Leesburg since 1999.