Ron Thompson

Degrees, Designations, Diplomas, and Certificates:

  • B.S. (Hotel and Restaurant Management), Florida State University
  • M.B.A (Management and Organization), Florida State University

Teaching Experience: Management, Marketing, Hotel Management and International Business

Accomplishments: Ron has more than 25 years of senior operating and development experience with such well-known companies as General Foods, Cara Operations and Scott's Hospitality Inc. For several years he served as President of Scott's Foodservices Inc., one of Canada's largest restaurant organizations. His responsibilities included a diverse portfolio of restaurant businesses spanning 22 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces. His division's 900 units had sales revenue in excess of $500,000,000 with more than 11,000 employees.

Ron has taught at Ryerson University (Toronto), University of Guelph, (Nice France), Hosta Hotel and Tourism School (Leysin, Switzerland) and Sochi Institute of Tourism, (Sochi, Russia.) In addition he has served as Director, Hotel Institute Montreux, a renowned Swiss hotel school, as well as Dean, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, George Brown College in Toronto.

Ron has consulted widely in North America, Western Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Georgia and most recently Thailand.

Specialty Areas: Marketing, new product development, franchising, chain restaurant operations and retail development.

Research Interests: Micro Enterprise, Medical Tourism, Hard Budget Hotels, No Frill Airlines.

Associations and Board Memberships:

  • Past Memberships: Director, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. Director, Ontario, Hotel and Restaurant Association. International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators. International Council of Shopping Centers, Toronto Board of Trade.
  • Member: International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators. International Council of Shopping Centers, Toronto Board of Trade.
  • Current: Director, Okanagan Cultural Society, OUC Committees