Chris is President and CEO of ICON Park, a $300 million 20-acre entertainment destination featuring 40 restaurants, bars, attractions, stores and one of the world's largest observation wheels. He is a business executive and P&L leader with expertise launching and operating companies in the hospitality, real estate, entertainment, sports, construction, and consumer product industries.
Throughout his career, Chris has exceled at motivating large, diverse teams and aligning interests to optimize financial performance.
Within a year at ICON Park, after leading a comprehensive assessment of the brand, guest experience and design, Chris led initiatives to establish the property as the best short stay destination in Florida. Chris restructured and rebranded the property, created best in class guest service training for employees, and is directing capital improvement projects, producing high profile public events, and elevating marketing strategies. These dynamic improvements led the property to be identified by USA Today as the #1 Orlando attraction for families and by Forbes magazine as a “Top 7” destination in Orlando.
Chris has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Bon Appetit as an expert in hospitality and real estate trends because he conceived and implemented strategies to build brand awareness and a differentiated customer experience and is credited for leading a nationally recognized “food hall” trend in real estate development – from concept and design through construction, vendor selection, and marketing – that directly engages consumers and generates superior customer attraction, tenant retention and net operating income.
Chris is a member of the boards of Junior Achievement of Central Florida, International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce, and Entrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando.