Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Who's Who Wednesday: Scott Campbell

Disney and me, oh where do I start?!?  I have loved Disney ever since I was a young boy.  I will never forget our first trip to Walt Disney World in 1996.  I had spent every free second reading the Unofficial Guide, Birnbaums, and anything else I could get my hands on.  My family and I spent a week there in April and stayed at Dixie Landings.  To this day it is still my favorite resort on property!  We went back as a family in 1998 and I was just as excited as the first.  I knew from the time I walked through those gates the first time that I wanted to work at WDW, even if it was picking up trash.  The custodial CMs all looked so happy, so why wouldn’t I enjoy it?  My goal was to get to Florida sooner than later.  I graduated high school early and moved to Orlando to go to college at UCF for hospitality.  I majored in Hospitality Management with an emphasis on Theme Park Management, Lodging Management, and Timeshare Management.  My professors were almost all past executives from the largest hospitality companies in the world, many being from Disney itself!  I was able to learn from those that helped create the industry as we know it, and it is something I will always cherish.  I started working at the Swan and Dolphin during school.  Little did I know that my first job was at the busiest hotel in the world, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I learned so much there and it helped shape me into the leader I am today.  I have been managing hotels and restaurants for over 8 years now and love every day of it!  My wife and I (and our bundle of joy that’s due in July) are hoping to move back to Orlando so I can be closer to the magic again and get back to working for (or near) the mouse!

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