Thomas Equels

Thomas Equels

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Thomas Equels is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AIM ImmunoTech, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Ocala, Florida. He leads a team of seasoned professionals dedicated to the clinical development of new drug entities for the treatment of serious and debilitating diseases. Prior to this, Equels had a successful legal career where he focused on complex litigation, particularly on business and commercial matters. He was also a highly decorated combat pilot with the United States Army.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Equels often served as a court-appointed receiver for troubled businesses.
  • He has represented national and state governments and companies in the banking, insurance, aviation, pharmaceutical, construction, and development industries.
  • He received numerous awards for his pro bono work in death penalty cases, and civil rights cases.
  • He was knighted by Pope Benedict as a papal knight, Sacred Order of Saint Gregory the Great.
  • In 1987, he was awarded the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award and the Federal Bar Public Service Award.
  • In 1995, he received the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Miami's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. 


  • Equels was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) twice for heroism while participating in aerial combat. 
  • He was honored with the Bronze Star, 15 Air Medals, and the Purple Heart for combat.
  • After the Vietnam War, he was an instructor pilot and pioneered the use of high-tech computer-generated flight simulators for instrument and gunship tactical training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center.
  • He authored an award-winning article on military flight simulation, "SFT, The Shape of Things to Come."
  • He co-authored the training manual "Helicopter Gunship Tactics in a High Threat Environment."