With over 30+ years of experience in the Hospitality Industry,
I am a seasoned hotel marketing executive. I am a C.H.A. (Certified Hotel Administrator) with the American Hotel &
Lodging Association and T.M.P. (Tourism Marketing Professional) certified through the Southeast Tourism Society. For
the nearly 20 years, I was employed with Wyndham Worldwide, Inc. During my tenure, I worked in Field Marketing,
Regional Marketing, and Quality Assurance. Currently, I am Chair of the Dept. of Hospitality and Tourism Management at
the University of South Alabama. Also, I serve as an adjunct professor for the Dept. of Hospitality, Recreation
& Tourism at California State University - East Bay.
In March of 2016,
I completed my Ph.D. in Human Capital Development at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi. I am, also, a
proud member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, as well as Gold Key International Honour Society. In 2009, I completed
my M.B.A. - Hospitality & Tourism from the University of Guelph. The world-renowned research university is
located outside Toronto, Canada. In 1982, I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi
where I was a Dean's List scholar and severed as an ASB (student body) Senator, President of Alpha Psi Omega Fraternity, "Big
Brother" to Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and was selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Born in Germany, I am the youngest son of Charles and Virginia Thompson. With my father serving in the Air
Force, we had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Western Europe during two terms of duty. Our state-side
assignment was at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS where Dad was an instructor. After retiring from the service, my father
joined Syscon as a Systems Consultant Engineer.
I must tell you that I have been
blessed with the most wonderful parents that anyone could have. When I think of the unwavering dedication, guidance
and support they have given to me, my brothers and the thirteen foster children, with whom we shared our home; I always choke
up. If everyone grew up in the loving home that we did... well, we wouldn't have the problems in the world; we do today.
On Nov. 27, 1998, we lost my mother after a long fight with Myelofibrosis
and on Oct 21, 2010, my father passed away due to Glioblastoma Multiforme. I know I am biased, but the world just isn't
the same without them. Every day, I thank God that I was able to share so much of my life with both of them.