Leonard Jackson has amassed over two decades of corporate and academic expertise, integrating sustainability management with the hospitality and tourism industry. He specializes in forging synergy between business development, operations, accounting, auditing, and sustainability to bolster financial performance. Throughout his career, Leonard has assumed pivotal roles for advancing sustainability initiatives which consequently drive financial growth in the sector. His analyses on the fiscal merits of sustainability have resonated through numerous publications and presentations at industry forums.
Leonard holds an MBA from the University of Guelph in Canada, an MS in management information systems from Oklahoma State University, an MAcc from Florida Atlantic University, an MS in entrepreneurship from the University of Florida, and a PhD specializing in hospitality and tourism administration from Oklahoma State University. He completed postdoctoral studies in finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. Leonard’s vast portfolio of professional credentials include earning certificates in sustainable investing from Harvard University; real estate investing strategies from Columbia University; blockchain technologies (business innovation and application) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; hotel real estate investments, asset management, and hotel revenue management from Cornell University; advanced hospitality and tourism analytics from Smith Travel Research; and information assurance from Oklahoma State University. His prolific academic contributions include over 50 publications, with several examining the nexus between sustainability initiatives and financial performance in firms.