Mary K. Thomas

An Ocala success story

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Women’s Equality Day: Story of an Empowered Woman

Mary K. Thomas, President and Founder of FastTrack Staffing and Equistaff is a shining beacon of female driven leadership! Learn...
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Team Equistaff Tours Calumet Farm

Mary K. Thomas toured historic Calumet Farm in Kentucky. Follow our link to to see what she discovered:
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Mary Thomas at the Savannah Dance Classic

Mary Thomas and Aleksei Alekseev win big at Savannah Dance Classic.
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Florida Cup Day at Tampa Bay Downs

Equistaff is sponsoring a race at Tampa Bay Downs for Florida Cup Day!
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Goddess Lyssa wins big at Tampa Bay Downs and her future looks bright!
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In Memoriam of Carol A. Thomas

Carol Ann Thomas, age 84, passed away on December 16, 2020. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations...
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Who is MTRA?

Florida Fun Mini Match 2021 benefits MTRA Ocala. Find who MTRA is and what they do!
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Florida Fun Mini Match 2021 Forms Now Up!

FFMM 2021 Forms Now Up!
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Florida Fun Mini Match 2021!

We're getting closer and closer to our favorite event of the year- The Florida Fun Mini Match!
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August Gains for Staffing

46% of staffing companies reported gains in the new assignments week to week.
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MTRA Ocala Virtual 5k!

Marion Therapeutic Riding Association Ocala 5k Gallop, a virtual event! September 5, 2020 - October 3, 2020.
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Sway with Me Studio Showcase!

Get ready!! Sway With Me is proud to announce their very first showcase coming, October 11, 2020! ProShow by the...
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With an abundance of tenacity, Mary has been self-employed since she was 22 years of age, when she  started the first equestrian staffing firm in the country.  After a short period of time, she realized she had a knack for finding the right people to raise productivity and efficiency for employers.   Within four years of moving to Ocala, Mary had two staffing companies with multiple businesses relying on her to fill positions within their organizations with quality employees. 

As Mary’s companies grew, she became affiliated with the American Staffing Association, Florida Staffing Association and qualified as a Certified Staffing Professional.  Throughout her successful career, part of her focus has been to  give back to the local communities that have supported her.

Fasttrack Staffing Inc.

FastTrack Staffing, Inc. provides a high-quality service in the face of rapid growth and change in the staffing industry. FastTrack’s goal is to deliver big results with a small-town touch; we take pride in our service and our people.

Highly efficient and effective, FastTrack won the Florida Back to Work Contract. This program provided businesses a tremendous opportunity to give someone in need a fresh start and a new direction for the future.

Now a national firm, FastTrack has branch offices in Florida, Michigan and most recently in Georgia due to avid client demand. More than doubling in size in three years, FastTrack's growth has continued to expand. Additionally, FastTrack started a Professional Search & Administration division. FastTrack is a Florida certified MBE as well as a member of multiple Chamber of Commerce Associations in Florida and Michigan.

Equistaff premier equine staffing

premier equine staffing

Moving to Ocala for the equine community, Mary was interested in becoming a farm manager, but ended up starting a staffing agency for farms, now called Equistaff. She quickly saw a need for all levels of equine staff and began utilizing her connections in the industry to match employers with job seekers, creating the first equine exclusive staffing company in the United States. Equistaff began on a shoestring budget and is now the premier equine staffing agency serving thousands of members all over the world. Lara Shepard has joined the Equistaff team and is using her unique equine and corporate knowledge to scope out the best talent for her clients. Visit to see our new services. Mary is a member of CEP, TOBA, Ocala Horse Alliance and contributes to the Retired Racehorse Project.


Mary is an avid amateur ballroom dancer and competes around the world. Opening Dance, Dance Dance Studio located near The Villages, Florida was an extension of her passion for dance. Bringing the finest instructors to the area, she is advancing the level of ballroom dance in the North Central Florida community.

“ I met many enchanting personalities as a ballroom dance competitor and decided to bring that energy to Ocala & The Villages. Our goal is to aid independent dance teachers, pro/am couples, amateur couples and individuals to advance their ballroom dance skills and thrive in the performing arts community." -Mary K. Thomas


Although managing companies keeps Mary quite busy, she’s found that she thrives when work intersects with her passions.



Most recently, Mary's entrepreneurial spirit has landed her in a new arena- the racetrack. Equistaff, Inc. is proud to sponsor Team Equistaff, a racing team that includes a 4 year old Filly, Goddess Lyssa, a Minaret Stake winner at Tampa. While Goddess Lyssa has now retired to a breeding program and is in foal to The Factor, two new fillies and a colt have been added to the stable! Team Equistaff is excited to see what they can do! All horses are currently in Delaware for the May-October season under the expert training of Top Candnadian-Born Thoroughbred Trainer Gerald Bennett.
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Ballroom Dancing

When Mary's not in the office or at the barn, you'll most likely find her traveling around the United States for amateur ballroom competitions. She has competed in numerous competitions and has been a finalist in Ballroom, Smooth and Latin style. Mary recently won the Closed Silver Smooth Scholarship at the Florida Spring Classic in Orlando, and competed in the Savannah Dance Classic in June of 2021. Aleksei and his Pro Partner, Ekaterina Derevleva, can be visited in Jacksonville, or at Sway with Me Dance Studio in Wildwood Florida. Sway with Me is adding more instructors that would love to help you make magic on the dance floor!

Giving back

For the past nine years, Mary has combined her passion for the equine industry and ballroom dancing for a charitable cause and hosts the Florida Fun Mini-Match. It's an annual charity amateur dance competition for dancers of all skill levels local to Florida.

Celebrity professional dancers Mykhailo Azarov and his partner Anastasia Kuzmich, both performed and judged this year's event. Benefits from the event go to the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. MTRA, which is a PATH International Premiere Accredited Therapeutic Horsemanship Center for individuals of all ages challenged by physical, mental or emotional disabilities.

Florida Fun Mini Match completed it's 10th year, and Mary is proud to announce that Professional Dancer Ekaterina Derevleva will be heading the event. To become involved in the 2022 Florida Fun Mini-Match as a dancer, vendor or sponsor, visit for all updates.

Mentoring & Life Coaching

Mary's success is only rewarding when she's able to share it with others. Among her other hobbies, she enjoys mentoring and life coaching recovering patients in local Ocala treatment centers.

About Mary


Bachelors of Science in Human Services
St. Leo University


Marion County Business Person of the Year
Marion County Equine Business of the Year – Equistaff
Top Producing Firm – FastTrack Staffing
Technological Innovation Award – Equistaff


Mary is a current member of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, former Vice President of the Florida Staffing Association and former President of the Marion County Staffing Association.

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