FAA Board Member Focus: 5 Questions - Dan Donovan, Universal Orlando Resort

March 18, 2024 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

How long have you been in the attractions industry?

I started working in hospitality in college as a Campus Sales Representative for Eastern Airlines. I then worked in several positions within an Orlando-based Receptive Tour Operator before joining Universal Orlando in 1997.

What is your favorite job you’ve had in the industry and why?

I am a proponent of “job crafting” and helping people navigate to the intersection of their role (what they do) and their soul (their natural talents). My current role leading Talent Orchestration is now my favorite, as I get to do what I do best and help others do the same.

What is the most rewarding aspect of working in/for the attraction industry?

I was in a bank recently and thought “How boring would this be?!”. The best part of being in our industry is that we help bring families closer together through shared experiences that they will remember for a lifetime. Additionally, it is fun!

What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time?

I am currently pursuing a graduate degree and enjoy learning. When not working on projects for my job or school, I enjoy long walks listening to podcasts and we love traveling as a family to Europe once every year. I am also enjoying being a “Granddad” to my daughter’s adorable dachshund Avon Barksdale.

Aside from Florida, what is your dream vacation destination and why?

As a family we have traveled to Europe on several occasions. Our favorite spot so far has been Paris. Future destinations include the South of France and Northern Italy. I’d also like to go to Austria and Switzerland around Christmas and visit the markets.

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