PRESIDENT, disney world resort, CELEBRATION

Vahle took over from Josh D’Amaro in May, instantly becoming a major business figure in Central Florida. The resort is the nation’s largest single-site employer, with more than 75,000 employees and encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, 28 resort hotels, four golf courses, two spas, an extensive multi-modal transportation system, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Disney Springs entertainment-shopping-dining complex.

Vahle, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Rollins College, has worked for Disney for 30 years, holding leadership roles in operations, engineering, technology and global support services. In 2018, he was named president of Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney.

He is chairman of Give Kids the World and a member of the Rollins College board of trustees.

George Aguel

Visit Orlando

Jim Allen

Hard Rock International

Michael Brown

Wyndham Destinations

Blake Casper

Caspers CO

Allison Casper

Caspers CO

Frank J. Del Rio

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Arnold Donald


Carol Dover

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Robert Earl

Planet Hollywood

Richard Fain

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Michelle Fee

Cruise Planners

Maryann Ferenc

Mise en Place Hospitality Group

Don Fox

Firehouse of America

David Grutman

Groot Hospitality

Randy Hassen

McKibbon Hospitality

Gene Lee

Darden Restaurants

Kim Lopdrup

Red Lobster Seafood

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Celebrity Cruises

Julian MacQueen


Tom McAlpin

Virgin Voyages

Richard Millard

Trust Hospitality

Alice Norsworthy

Universal Parks & Resorts

Marcellus Osceola Jr.

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Lou Plasencia

Plasencia Group

Gene Prescott

Seaway Hotels

Mary Rogers

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Stephen Sawitz

Joe's Stone Crab

Daniel Schwartz

Restaurant Brands International

Jeff Vahle

Disney World Resort

Marcel Verbaas

Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Michael Walsh

Ocean Properties Hotels

Steve Weisz

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tom Williams

Universal Parks & Resorts