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Dr. Robert J. Thompson, CHA, TMP
International Business and Marketing Educator I International Speaker I Workforce Developer 
Assistant Professor of Business at William Carey University

Core Competencies:  Builder of Business-Education Partnerships • Forger of Student Recruitment and Retention • Professional Leader • Synchronous and Asynchronous Instructor • Workforce Educator  

 Career Overview
  • Seasoned business executive with over 20 years of management expertise.
  • Industry sectors: country clubs, cruise ships, events, F&B, gaming, hotels, and resorts.
  • Experience working in domestic and international organizations, as well as a fortune 500 company.
  • Proficient teaching through online learning management systems and utilizing e-learning platforms.


Bienvenidos, Bienvenue, Benvenuto, Dobro Pozhalovat, Huanying, Selamat Tadang, Svaagat he, Willkommen, Yokoso!

This is the personal website of Robert J. Thompson.  Here, you will learn a little about me, my career, as well as my migration from industry into academia. 

Additionally, I share a few of my thoughts about life and our place in it.  Time is a precious commodity; however, I hope you are able to take a moment to explore the site.  


Grace and peace be yours,

Robert J. Thompson

Awards, Honors, and International Engagement


  • Keynote Speaker - International Conference - Sanjivani Group of Institutes, Madhya Pradesh, India (June, 2022)
  • Expert Lecture - Seth Jai Parkash Mukand Lal - Haryana, India (June, 2022)
  • Eta Sigma Delta (ICHRIE) Director of Professional Development/Board of Governors (2022 - present)
  • Resource Speaker - International Webinar - India Today Media Institute, Pradesh, India (Apr, 2022)
  • Distibuished Speaker - Distinguished Lecture Series - Instinute of Hotel & Tourism Management, M.D. University, Haryana, India (Feb, 2022)
  • Keynote Speaker – 4th ICHOHOST 2021, GNA University – Phagwara, Punjab, India (Nov, 2021) [Virtual]
  • Keynote Speaker – CTIHTC-2021, CT University – Ludhiana, Punjab, India (Oct, 2021) [Virtual]
  • McCool Breakthrough Award – 2021 ICHRIE Conference (July, 2021)
  • Advisory Board – Indian Educators Forum – India (2021 - present)
  • Advisory Board – CT University, School of Hotel Management, Airlines, and Tourism, Ludhiana, Punjab, India (2021 - present)
  • Keynote Speaker – International Webinar – RKDF University, Jharkhand, India (2020) [Virtual]
  • Guest of Honour – 2021 World Researchers Symposium, Gorakhpur, India (2021) [Virtual]
  • SoutheastCon 2022 – Logo Design Competition Winner (2021)
  • Keynote Speaker – International Webinar – Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India (2020) [Virtual]
  • Eminent Speaker – CTIHTC-2020, CT University – Ludhiana, Punjab, India (2020) [Virtual]
  • Keynote Speaker – 3rd ICHOHOST 2020, GNA University – Phagwara, Punjab, India (2020) [Virtual]
  • Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Global Education and Research (JGER) (2020 – present)
  • Board of Directors – SECSA Federation of ICHRIE (2020 - 2022)
  • Visit Mobile – Hospitality Partner of the Year Recipient (2019)
  • USA Faculty Development Council - $5,000 Research Grant Recipient (2018)
  • USM Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Student Research Symposium Winner, U.S.M. (2016)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship Finalist (2016)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2016) and Golden Key International Honour Society (2016)
  • Wyndham Worldwide, Inc. – Count on Me Service Culture Logo Design Winner (2011)
  • TTRA- Canada Graduate Student Research Symposium Winner, Guelph, CA (2009)
  • Travel South USA – Global Ambassador Award Recipient (2009)
  • University of Arkansas – Hospitality and Tourism Outstanding Service Award (2008) 


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"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." - Dale Carnegie


Robert J. Thompson


Robert J. Thompson

Robert J. Thompson

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

"By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be."
                                                                                                                                                                                         -Mark Victor Hansen