2012 Inductee

Robert R. “Bob” Sharp

Robert R. “Bob” Sharp is the Chairman of the Board of the AAA Auto Club Group. Utilizing his partnerships with cruise lines, tourist attractions and the CVBs, Sharp spearheaded the creation of a Cruise Ship Task Force formed to encourage the cruise ship industry to use Tampa as a passenger port.

Within a short time, the Port of Tampa was the fastest growing cruise ship port in the country. On November 1, 2011, Sharp celebrated his 50th anniversary with AAA Auto Club Group. Under his leadership that company serves more than 3.1 million members in the State of Florida alone and millions more who visit the Sunshine State annually.

His commitment to tourism is personal and as an alumnus and former trustee of Florida Southern College, he and his wife, Peggy, contributed a gift to name the Frank Lloyd Wright-design Tourism and Education Center now under construction at FSC’s Lakeland campus.