MAYOR PHILIP LEVINE
almost 30 years, Philip Levine has been an integral member of the Miami Beach
community. Over the years, Philip has established a number of successful Miami
Beach-based businesses, creating hundreds of job opportunities for local and
area residents while contributing to the city’s tax-revenue base. Because he
believes in making a difference, he’s also an active member of local
1990, with only $500 in capital, Philip launched Onboard Media, a start-up
business that originated in a studio apartment above the News Café on Ocean
Drive. Designed as a port-marketing program for the cruise industry, the
company expanded to publish eighty-five in-stateroom magazines and to produce
award-winning TV programming.
Philip had grown Onboard Media into an $85 million company, he partnered with
Berkshire Partners to acquire Starboard Cruise Services. The successful merger
resulted in the world’s largest duty-free and media partner in the cruise
industry, with a revenue of about $400 million.
2000, Philip sold the company to Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, creating the
largest cruise industry concessionaire/partner in the world. The Onboard Media
headquarters is still based in Miami Beach, just off of Lincoln Road.
Philip is CEO of Royal Media Partners, an exclusive partner of Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd. From its Alton Road offices, Royal Media Partners handles the
creation of all the media for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises,
and Azamara Club Cruises ships sailing in the Caribbean and Alaska.
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 developmental
2010, Philip was tapped by President Obama’s Secretary of Commerce to serve on
a Task Force advising on U.S. tourism. Through his work on the Task
Force, Philip is working to strengthen the nation’s growing international
tourism industry—which in turn strengthens our economy.
November 2013, Philip was elected Mayor of Miami Beach. He received 50.48% of the total vote in a
Levine was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to South Florida at the age
of 10. He has called Miami Beach his home since the late 1980s. He is a
graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Political