Every year, Orlando Magazine releases its list of the most powerful people in the area. They pick the top leaders in areas such as politics and government, business, education, and tourism. The magazine picks people who are helping the area thrive and people who make things happen that have a positive effect on the community.
This year, Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle was named the most powerful person in the Orlando Tourism and Transportation industry. Vahle has been President of the Most Magical Place on Earth since 2020, when he was promoted to the position after Josh D’Amaro became Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
Vahle has worked for The Walt Disney Company for more than thirty years. Before he became President of Walt Disney World, he was the head of Disney Signature Experiences, adding massive growth to Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, Golden Oak, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.
According to Vahle’s Disney profile:
Jeff is actively involved in the Central Florida community, currently serving as chairman of the board of directors for Give Kids the World and as a member of the Rollins College Board of Trustees. He previously served on the Central Florida Salvation Army board of directors. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from Rollins College.
Jeff shared with Orlando Magazine that his sister is disabled, so he works with a number of programs and charities in order to help all those he can who can often be overlooked by society. He also actively serves on the board of Give Kids the World, a nonprofit organization that provides critically ill children and their families with week-long vacations at no cost to them.
Also ranking high on the list of Most Powerful People in Tourism and Transportation was Universal Orlando Resort President Bill Davis, who ranked number three on the list. Davis started out as a photographer at SeaWorld and worked his way up the ranks before moving to Universal Orlando, where he has been President for over 15 years.
Both the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando bring a large number of tourists to the Orlando area, keeping the area one of the top tourist destinations in the country.
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