Contribution
Lead Strategist

Education + Credentials
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business
BA, Accounting
CPA

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Ralph Thompson

Executive Director, Travel + Tourism

As Executive Director of Travel and Tourism, Ralph revels in creating smart client solutions that deliver measurable bottom-line results, as well as building strong, long-lasting relationships with colleagues and clients. A former CPA, banker, and ad man-turned-entrepreneur, he has helped hundreds of brands tell their stories through thoughtful, well-integrated online marketing strategies. Ralph’s approach to brand strategy is informed by years of building, acquiring, and selling businesses across sectors, as well as his roles as COO of the Martin Agency, President of Fahlgren, and Founder of eBrains. Successful at an early age, Ralph was making regular presentations to an NYSE Regional Banking Board by the age of 30, helped design the plan that was the catalyst for the spin-off and creation of Capital One Bank, and guided a team to win the coveted Florida Tourism business retained for a remarkable 15 years.

Work Experience

Chief Strategy Officer, Delucchi+ (now Streetsense)
October 2013 – October 2016

  • Provide ideas, client strategy and business development counsel

President & Chief Brain, eBrains (now Streetsense)
1999 – October 2013

  • Leverage experience. Provide ideas and counsel.

Managing Partner, Williams Whittle Associates
1994 – 1999

  • Participated in the transformation of local retail, automotive and real estate firm into more creatively honored diversified regional firm.

President, Fahlgren Martin
1992 – Mar 1993

  • President and Chief Operating Officer duties included providing vision and leadership for the company’s direction, strategic and tactical ideas for winning major pieces of business, overall company management team

Chief Operating Officer, The Martin Agency, Inc.
Oct 1982 – Mar 1992

  • Responsible for all operating support units (finance, operations, production, traffic, HR, etc.) and subsidiary companies

President, The Stenrich Group
1986 – 1991

  • Lead team to implement long term strategic plan.

Senior Vice President Financial Administration, Signet Banking Corp (now part of Wells Fargo)
1971 – Feb 1982

  • Responsible for creating management reporting and accountability system for 2,000 profit and cost centers, served as counsel to unit leaders, served as strategist on Asset Liability Management Committee and presented monthly financial report to NYSE board of directors.

Staff Auditor, Price Waterhouse Coopers
1970 – 1971

  • Staff Auditor long enough for experience requirement to become certified.
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