With over 30+ years of experience in the Hospitality Industry,
I am a seasonsed 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) certificatied 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 Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
at the University of South Alabama. Also, I serve as an adjunct professor in the Casino, Hospitality &
Tourism Dept. at the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as 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.
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.