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About Rick Antonson

Self-proclaimed "accidental executive" Rick Antonson habitually opts for the path less wandered - or sometimes where there's not path at all. In his travels, Rick chooses countries seldom referred to as bustling tourist destinations, including the Belarus, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Libya, Algeria and North Korea.

What's this Billy Joel fan's
borrowed mantra moving forward?
"You can get what you want
or you can just get old."

This love of travel coupled with his passion for writing and his ability to think philosophically has led to books which Rick has either authored or co-authored. His works include To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa (2013, Second Edition), Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America's Main Street (2012),and the forthcoming Full Moon Over Noah's Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat (September 2015),and his co-authored work Slumach's Gold: In Search of a Legend (2007). Rick's Route 66 Still Kicks chronicles the 2,400 mile roadtrip adventure from Chicago to LA looking for all the old parts of the highway, and was called "one of the best books of the bunch" by the New York Times in their year-end travel book round-up, 2012.

As former President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, Rick also made time to travel the world and author five books, yet has had his hand in some of Canada's most renowned accomplishments including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for which Rick served as an Ambassador. He also held international posts such as Vice Chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (based in Bangkok, Thailand), President of Pacific Coast Public Television, and Chair of Destination Marketing Association International (based in Washington, DC and was vice president with Rocky Mountaineer. It's safe to say that, despite his own description, Rick's career can't only be chalked up to inadvertent chance. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Capilano University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and has been inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame.

Now, armed with pen, paper and plane tickets, Rick is looking forward to taking on the new challenge of writing full-time. In addition to the a handful of books he has on the backburner in his mind, Rick will also continue to do speaking appearances, something he is well known for after having received much acclaim for his presentations on "cathedral thinking" at Sam Sullivan's Public Salon in 2012 and TEDx in 2013 and through the website Cathedralthinking.com