Dan Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of The Magic Kingdom, a part of The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.

Mr. Cockerell started his career parking cars at the resort and worked his way to leading the iconic park. Upon retirement, he and his wife started a consultancy and authored the book “How’s Culture in your Kingdom”

Here, Al Getler discusses the book with Mr. Cockerell and his career at Disney.

For more information on Dan Cockerell see dancockerell.com

About Dan Cockerell

Upon graduation from Boston University in 1991, Dan moved to Florida and worked as a parking attendant at Disney’s Epcot Center. Dan joined the Disneyland Paris Management Trainee Program as part of the opening team and moved to France in 1992.

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While working in Paris, Dan held various management positions in Parking, Ticketing, Guest Relations, Food & Beverages and Human Resources.

After spending 5 years in France, Dan relocated to Florida and held a variety of executive roles at the Walt Disney World Resort. Dan worked in theme parks and resort hotels. Dan was Vice President of Epcot, Vice president of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Vice President of the Magic Kingdom.  There he led 12,000 cast members and entertained over 20 million guests annually.

Leadership is not a license to do less; it is a responsibility to do more. And that’s the trouble.

Leadership takes work. It takes time and energy. The effects are not always easily measured and they are not always immediate.

Leadership is always a commitment to human beings.”

– Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last

Our present situation requires leadership that puts people first.  An Orlando official praised the Walt Disney Company for putting “people above profit” citing the closing of the Walt Disney World Resort. And while this is a billion dollar decision that can’t last forever, it does tell Disney employees that they matter above all else.

 

Leaders Eat Last (New York, NY: Portfolio/Penguin, 2014), 214

Al Getler Speaks on the Use of Video for Newspapers

New England Newspaper and Press Association eBulliten
March 7, 2017

 

Al Getler spoke with his colleague Ryan Mercer at the New England Newspaper and Press Association annual convention held in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ryan Mercer is an award-winning photographer and videographer.  In late 2016, he and his publisher Al Getler went to New York City to collect his fifth Edward R. Murrow Award.

Getler and Mercer spoke for the first time together at the conference on their video strategy. Al Getler speaks on the use of video for newspapers around the US.

For the full article CLICK HERE.

 

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Project Managers Institute Champlain Valley

The Project Manager Institute of Champlain Valley in the Burlington Vermont area invited me to speak at their monthly gathering on May 3, 2017. This is a very passionate group and I was thrilled to address them on my subject of passion; leadership. In 2016, I was invited to speak at the annual Minnesota Newspaper […]