Who is Bruce Thompson?
Bruce Thompson is the founder of Gold Key/Professional Hospitality Resources in Virginia Beach. He was born on December 21, 1952. He is married to Kathy Thompson. They have 2 children. Their son Josh died in 2020 due to ALS.
Thompson started two companies, Professional Hospitality Resources (PHR) and Gold Key Resorts, in the hotel, ski resort and vacation ownership sectors.
As a young man, Thompson worked as a night watchman and mowed the lawn at the Cavalier Hotel in VA Beach. Later he started with one hotel and has grown the company to operate multiple hotels and resorts in the Virginia Beach area.
Thompson is also known for the redevelopment of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront. He opened the Cavalier Hotel and the $125 million Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
In 2021 he was named Virginia Business Person of the Year.
Professional Hospitality Resources / Gold Key
Professional Hospitality Resources, Inc. owns and operates a portfolio of hotels and resorts. Gold Key Resorts operates six timeshare resorts in Virginia Beach and Coastal North Carolina. Gold Key has resorts in the following locations:
Beach Quarters Resort in Virginia Beach, VA, Turtle Cay Resort in Virginia Beach, VA, Boardwalk Resort and Villas in Virginia Beach, VA, Ocean Beach Club Resort in Virginia Beach, VA, Oceanaire Resort Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA and Beachwood in Kitty Hawk, NC
Gold Key | PHR Hotels & Resorts is a company that operates hotels and resorts in the Virginia Beach area. The company was founded in 1957 and is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The company also manages a number of vacation rental properties in the area. They offer amenities such as oceanfront views, on-site dining, fitness centers, and event spaces for business and social gatherings.
Further his venture became the largest ski operator on the East Coast.
In 2015 Gold Key was acquired by Diamond Resorts International for $167.5 million.
Bruce Thompson Net Worth
His net worth is $200 billion. Some (local VA Beach) sources claim his assets are worth more than $500 million. He is an active philanthropist, supporting ALS research.
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