Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is a lifelong businessman and entrepreneur. He is currently the president and CEO of Royal Media Partners, the exclusive onboard media partners of Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. Royal Media Partners’ integrated media program connects luxury brands with discerning consumers traveling aboard ships.
In 1990, with only $500 in capital, Philip Levine developed a cruise ship-based port marketing program and founded Onboard Media. His start-up business, which originated in a studio apartment above the News Café on Ocean drive, quickly expanded into a leading media company within the travel industry. He then united with Berkshire Partners to acquire Starboard Cruise Services. The successful merger resulted in the world’s largest duty-free and media partner company in the cruise industry, with an estimated revenue of about $400 million.
In 2000, Levine sold Onboard Media to Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, creating the largest cruise industry concessionaire/partner in the world.
In 2010, Philip Levine was appointed by President Obama’s Secretary of Commerce to serve on a Task Force advising on U.S. tourism. Levine is actively involved with the Clinton Global Initiative, an organization that implements innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. He is also on the Board of Directors for Best Buddies International, the Miami-based nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Today, Philip Levine is serving his first term as Mayor of the City of Miami Beach. As Mayor, Levine has established the nonprofit foundation One Miami Beach. The main purpose of the foundation is to raise monies and fund a variety of community causes and projects.
Mr. Philip Levine holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan.