Social Snapshot: Bob Dickinson

The Chairman Emeritus of Camillus House speaks to us in his own words.

Bob Dickinson

Bob Dickinson is Chairman Emeritus of Camillus House – the largest service provider for the homeless in South Florida and is a member of the St. Thomas University Board of Trustees.

During his career, he held positions on the finance staff of Ford Motor Company and the corporate planning office of RCA prior to joining Carnival Cruise Lines as executive vice president in 1972. He was promoted to president in 1993 and retired as President & CEO in 2007.

Dickinson is a former chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Travel Industry Association of America and the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. He is the co-author of Selling the Sea: An Inside Look at the Cruise Industry (first and second editions) and The Complete 21st Century Travel and Hospitality Marketing Handbook.

Dickinson received Travel Weekly’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the travel industry and was twice named “Travel Executive of the Year” by Travel Trade magazine. He was named one of the 100 Best Marketers in the Nation by Advertising Age magazine. He received his BSBA in management from John Carroll University and his MBA from Duquesne University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration Degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1995; Honorary Doctor of Science from Maine Maritime Academy in 2006 and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from John Carroll University in 2009.

His hobbies include chess, tennis, wine appreciation and fine dining. He is the past president of The Society of Bacchus and a lifetime member of the International Wine and Food Society. Bob and his wife Andria, reside in Coral Gables, Florida and have six children and ten grandchildren.

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