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Mr. Bruce L. Thompson

Wrong Bruce L. Thompson?

Chief Executive Officer

Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts
Gold Key Resorts
932 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
United States

Company Description: Gold Key Resorts maintains market intelligence that maximizes tours in-market. The Virginia Beach Vacation Market, our new cutting-edge visitor information and...   more
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Virginia Beach Police Foundation - Advisory Board
www.vbpolicefoundation.org, 27 Aug 2014 [cached]
Bruce L. Thompson*
CEO, Gold Key/PHR
Our People - Best Talent in Our Industry - GoldKey - PHR Hotel and Resorts
www.goldkeyphr.com, 24 Mar 2014 [cached]
Bruce L. Thompson
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Bruce L. Thompson Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Thompson has been a leader in the travel industry for more than 25 years. His first venture grew to become the largest ski operator on the East Coast. That company evolved into Professional Hospitality Resources (PHR), as Thompson expanded into hotels and restaurants. In 1986, he entered the vacation ownership industry, co-founding the highly successful Gold Key Resorts. Today, his companies generate annual revenues exceeding $170 million and employ over 2000 associates.
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Thompson has been an ardent supporter of the travel industry, serving as a director of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and on the board of many tourism and development organizations. Thompson served for seven years on the Governor's Travel Advisory Committee, American Resort Development Association Board, Resort Area Advisory Commission, Resort Leadership Council, Virginia Beach Festivals Committee and the Virginia Small Business Financial Authority. He was chairman of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Transition Team for Film and Tourism and was appointed to the Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission. In July 2010, Thompson was appointed by the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) Foundation Board of Trustees to serve on the EVMS Board of Visitors. In recognition of his accomplishments in the timeshare industry, Thompson was awarded "Best Industry Leader" in 2012 by Perspective Magazine, the leading trade publication for the timeshare and fractional ownership industry.
Thompson is a vocal proponent of community service. Since 2008, he has organized the largest Walk to Defeat ALS efforts in that organization's history, raising more than $5 million to support the ALS Society, patient care and medical research. In 2009, he designed and secured funding for the world's first fully accessible oceanfront park for the disabled, JT's Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground for EveryBODY, which opened on the Virginia Beach oceanfront in May 2010. I Thompson received the 2009 ARDA Ace Philanthropic Award, the 2009 Outstanding Community Visionary Award from Amerigroup Foundation, the Virginia Center of Inclusive Committees Humanitarian Award and Gold Key Resorts (a company piloted by Bruce Thompson) received the 2010 ARDA Ace Community Service Award. After many years in support of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, Thompson was crowned King Neptune XXXVIII in 2010. He is a member of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. In April of 2012, Thompson received the Lenora B. Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award from Volunteer Hampton Roads, recognizing his continued commitment to the community.
ARDA : Who We Are : Board Of Directors : Board Of Directors
www.arda.org, 11 June 2014 [cached]
Bruce L. Thompson, Gold Key/PHR Hotels & Resorts
Business Leaders | Groups | Terry McAuliffe for Governor
terrymcauliffe.com, 7 Aug 2014 [cached]
Bruce Thompson Chief Executive Officer of Gold Key PHR Hotels and Resorts
Category » News « @ Virginia Beach Jaycees
www.vbjaycees.org, 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
Bruce Thompson
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Virginia Beach, Va. - TheVirginia Beach Jaycees have chosen longtime hotelier and civic leader Bruce Thompson as their 2012 Virginia Beach First Citizen, according to a news release issued on Tuesday.
Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Key PHR Hotels & Resorts, joins 61 prior honorees that have devoted their time, talents, and leadership to benefit Virginia Beach and its citizens, says Kathleen Pearson of the Virginia Beach Jaycees.
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"Bruce Thompson has not only been a force in the city's tourism industry but he has also made significant contributions to causes important to him and the area," said Andrew Thomas, President of the Virginia Beach Jaycees, who presented Thompson with a certificate designating him as the First Citizen at Gold Key PHR's headquarters off Laskin Road.
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"Bruce Thompson has not only been a force in the city's tourism industry but he has also made significant contributions to causes important to him and the area," said Andrew Thomas, President of the Virginia Beach Jaycees, who presented Thompson with a certificate designating him as the First Citizen at Gold Key PHR's headquarters off Laskin Road.
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As a result of his son Josh's continuing battle with ALS, Thompson helped organized the annual JT Walk to Defeat ALS, which has raised over $5 million. "That Bruce has been able to continue being an outstanding corporate and community leader throughout this crisis is a tribute to his resolve and character," wrote Gold Key Vice President Bob Howard in a letter supporting the nomination.
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Virginia Beach Jaycees officials say Thompson was also instrumental in the creation ofGrommet Island Beach Park and Playground on the oceanfront at 1st Street, the first fully accessible facility of its kind for the disabled, and has given generously to a host of other organizations, including the Virginia Aquarium, the Virginia Gentlemen, Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. In addition he has served on the EVMS Foundation Board of Trustees, Resort Leadership Council and the Virginia Small Business Financial Authority.
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