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Community Highlights: Meet Robert Kenyon of First Cabin Travel Discover Magazines

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Kenyon.

Hi Robert, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Born in Westfield, MA, and at 17-years-old, entered the Marine Corps in ’62, bootcamp Parris Island NC, two tours Vietnam, 4.5 years Marine Corps, graduated law school UA Tucson, AZ, practiced seven years as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego, left the practice of law and opened a travel company in ’89, firstcabin.com, have visited 172 countries, began a publication in 2014 discovermagazines.com, married, three children, will host our 2nd Annual Power Women SD™ gala on Sept 19, 2021.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Having worked the tobacco fields in Connecticut from age 11, and for the next 5 summers under the nets at 115 degrees, having served in the Marine Corps, having sold my blood as a student on occasion for funds to eat, and seen areas of the world where people truly are challenged, being born and living in USA might have what some call challenges, however, it honestly is grass root level in comparison to those who truly know what challenges can be like in most parts of the globe. Visit any country in the world and view the line around the American Embassy blocks long with those who dream of coming and living in the USA. And legally to boot. The only exception to that rule of thumb are those who unfortunately within this country suffer from chronic health or mental issues.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Owner of both the travel company and the publication.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
How various leaders for political or personal gain have manipulated the system and caused havoc across the nation. No doubt Covid was a crisis as well might be the Delta variant, however, for some of the states to simply shut down the system has caused devastation to many small business owners who put a lifetime of effort into their dream. It seems that we should have isolated the vulnerable while others followed strict health measures, but not send everyone into the closet to hide. Wonder what those of the “Greatest Generation” would think of us when there are reportedly more suicides among the young from the isolation Covid has caused them than the threat itself. We need leaders and we need truth. Both seem to be missing in today’s America.

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