can do anything you set your mind to.”
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. In May of 2016, I joined the University of South Alabama
(USA) as an Assistant Professor for the Dept. of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The next year, I was offered the
Interim Chair position of the Department and became Chair in 2018. I served in the department chair position until I
left USA in December of 2021. In February of 2022, I joined William Carey University as an Assistant Professor of Business
in the School of Business. I serve in this role today, teaching international business, marketing, consumer behavior,
and organizational behavior to both undergraduate and graduate students.
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 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.
of 2023, I was selected into the 30 Most Influential Educators in Hospitality by International Hospitality Institute and in
June of 2020, I was elected to the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and
Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Southeast Central and South American (SECSA) Federation Board of Directors, serving as the
Director of Marketing through the spring of 2022. Additionally, I served on the Deans and Directors Council for ICHRIE
and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) – International Honorary Hospitality Society.
Currently, I serve on the Board of Governors for the ESD as Director of Professional Development, Vice President of Membership
for SMP (Sales and Marketing Professionals), and President-Elect for the Hattiesburg-Sunrise Rotary Club. I have taught
for the following Universities: Cal. State University - East Bay, University of South Alabama, and the University of Southern
Mississippi, and now William Carey University.
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.