Hospitality

TOM WILLIAMS

CHAIRMAN & CEO, UNIVERSAL PARKS & RESORTS, ORLANDO

Williams, a graduate of the California State University Fresno, began his career with Universal Parks & Resorts (formerly Universal Studios Recreation Group) at Yosemite Park & Curry, where he was vice president of hotels and restaurants. In 1987, he joined Universal Studios Florida’s opening team. He led the design and development of all operational aspects for the new park, which opened in 1990.

In his current role, Williams oversees Universal parks and resorts worldwide, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan. In addition, he serves on the NBCUniversal executive committee.

Williams has led Universal on a massive expansion — both nationally and internationally. He oversaw the creation and development of new attractions, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. He is currently overseeing development of Universal Beijing, and the development of Universal Orlando’s third theme park, Epic Universe.

Williams has been inducted into the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Hall of Fame and is a member of Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame. He is a founding trustee of World Class Schools (Florida) and United Arts of Central Florida. He is also on the advisory board for Give Kids the World.

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