Hospitality

JEFF VAHLE

PRESIDENT, DISNEY WORLD RESORT, CELEBRATION

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. He took over as CEO of the nation’s largest single-site employer in 2020, overseeing more than 75,000 employees and four theme parks, two water parks, 28 hotels, four golf courses and a transportation system.

Vahle also continues to oversee facilities and operations services for Disney theme parks worldwide — engineering, maintenance, construction, utilities, manufacturing, sourcing and procurement, safety and health, and asset management programs at all Disney resorts. He moved into his current position after serving as president of Disney Cruise Line and the Disney Vacation Club. He expanded the cruise line with three new ships.

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

George Aguel

Visit Orlando

Michael Brown

Travel + Leisure Co.

Blake Casper

Caspers CO

Allison Casper

Caspers CO

ED CHILES

CHILES GROUP

Frank J. Del Rio

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Arnold Donald

Carnival

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

David Hoffmann

Hoffmann Family of Companies

Gene Lee

Darden Restaurants

Kim Lopdrup

Red Lobster Seafood

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Celebrity Cruises

Julian MacQueen

INNISFREE HOTELS

Tom McAlpin

Virgin Voyages

Richard Millard

Trust Hospitality

Alice Norsworthy

Universal Parks & Resorts

Marcellus Osceola Jr.

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Lou Plasencia

Plasencia Group

Mary Rogers

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Daniel Schwartz

Restaurant Brands International

Jeff Vahle

Disney World Resort

Marcel Verbaas

Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Michael Walsh

Ocean Properties Hotels

STEPHEN P. WEISZ

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tom Williams

Universal Parks & Resorts