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Lee Cockerell

Walt Disney World Resort
Executive Vice President (Retired & Inspired)
Lee Cockerell retired as the Executive Vice President of Operations fr the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a position he held for ten years.  His responsibilities encompassed a diverse mix of operations, which included 20 resort hotels with over 24,000 Guest rooms, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 5 golf courses, a shopping village & nighttime entertainment complex, a sports & recreation complex, and the ancillary operations support functions.  The Resort serves millions of guests each year and employs 73,000 Cast Members.

Lee joined the Disney organization in July 1990 as Director of Food and Beverage and Beverage and Quality Assurance for the Disneyland Paris hotels.  Prior to joining the Walt Disney World Co., he spent seventeen years in various executive positions with the Marriott Corporation and eight years with Hilton Hotels. 

Lee served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; a member of the Board of Directors of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and in 2005 Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Florida Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service where Lee served as the Chairman of the Board.  In 2008 Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma named Lee as Creative Ambassador to assist the state in leadership and business development. 

Lee and his wife Priscilla reside in Orlando, Florida.  Lee enjoys teaching leadership, management and service excellence seminars, traveling, dining out and most of all spending time with his three grandchildren, Jullian, Margot, and Tristan.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, March 28

11:00am PDT