Richard J. Dobkin

Managing Partner, Tampa (Retired)

Ernst & Young

Board Member, Cracker Barrel Restaurants

Board Member, WEDU Public Broadcasting

Carnegie-Melon University

MS, Industrial Management

Penn State University

BS, Accounting

Ernst & Young

Building A Better Working World

Ernst & Young is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom. EY is one of the largest professional services firms in the world. 

37 Years of Leadership & Dedicated Service

Richard Dobkin joined Ernst & Young in 1968 after earning his B.S. from Penn State and his MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.  

During his impressive 37-year career with Ernst & Young, Dobkin lead the Tampa practice as managing partner and headed the entrepreneurial services group for the state of Florida and the retail, distribution, manufacturing and services industries practice for Florida & Puerto Rico. He managed a long list of the firm’s clients ranging from large multi-nationals through emerging growth companies.

Dobkin also served as leader of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program in Florida. 

 A Focus on Results
Involvement within Ernst & Young 

AABS Functional Industry Leader

Retail and Consumer Products


Southeast Area AABS Operating Committee

Florida Area Director

Entrepreneurial Services


Elected to the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in 2011

Post-Retirement Leadership

2005 - Present: Chair of the audit committee and member of the nominating and governance committee for Cracker Barrel restaurants

2002 - 2015: Served on the board of directors and audit committee of Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, LLC

2009 - 2010: Served on board of directors, audit, compensation and strategic finance committees of PBSJ Corporation

2014 - 2015: Served on board of directors, audit and information technology committees of Bay Cities Bank

*Currently serves as business consultant and advisor to several privately-owned entrepreneurial businesses.

Active Member in the Tampa Community

Previous Involvement

Board member and chairman of the board for WEDU public broadcasting

Board and investment committee member for The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Board member, treasurer and audit committee chair for Tampa General Hospital Foundation

Chairman of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Member of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development

Chairman of the Florida Venture Forum's Venture Capital Conference

Educational Affiliations

Business Consultant & Advisor Executive in Residence

School of Accountancy at the University of South Florida


Carnegie-Melon University Graduate, Masters of Science, Industrial Management

Penn State University Graduate, Bachelor of Science, Accounting  


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