Dickson is an educator, journalist, business case writer and entrepreneur. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard Law School, the United State Military Academy at West Point, and the University of California, Irvine. In his case-writing work, he has interviewed extraordinary people, including Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon; Larry Kramer CEO and founder of CBS MarketWatch; and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The New York Times and chairman of The New York Times Company.
Dickson is co-founder, president, and CEO of Time Capsule Press, a publishing company that creates books from archival material. Time Capsule Press’ content partners include Getty Images, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Time Capsule Press’ first title, Los Angeles Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in the City of Angels (2009) — done in partnership with the Getty Images and the Los Angeles Times — was a Wall Street Journal national bestseller in the sports hardback category.
As a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, he developed and taught the MBA elective, “Business of the Media” in the Graduate School of Management. Dickson also taught in programs with the Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education and developed customized case studies for Fortune 500 clients of Monitor Group. Dickson has over 25 years of management experience in the news media industry, having worked at the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. As a member of the corporate staff of Times Mirror — then the parent company of the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Baltimore Sun — he oversaw the finances of its $2 billion newspaper division. Dickson served as a research associate during two academic years at the Harvard Business School and authored over 20 management case studies for the second year MBA course, “Marketing in the Marketspace.”
A certified public accountant, Dickson is a graduate of California State University, East Bay, where he received his BS degree, magna cum laude, in business administration, with a minor in journalism, and of the University of Chicago, where he received his MBA. He also completed the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Media Management Center and was twice chosen as a national finalist for a White House Fellowship on the basis of leadership, community service, and professional ability.
In his spare time, Dickson enjoys reading biographies, digital photography, and illustration.