I am a Principal Project Manager at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), where I've been leading architects, artists, engineers, schedulers, and estimators on various projects for the past 24 years. My projects include hotels, attractions, retail, and restaurants in California, Florida, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Hawai`i.
I graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1996. As part of that program, I participated in a one-year architectural study abroad program at Kyushu Institute of Design in Fukuoka, Japan. Later on, while working full-time at WDI, I received my Masters in Business Administration at California State University Long Beach.
My Disney career started within the Pre-Development and Master Planning group, and then I gained valuable construction experience while working on Downtown Disney and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim. Later on, I worked abroad at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.
Since then, I moved to Oahu. There I led the team to design and build the THEA Award-winning hotel, Aulani, where the narrative storytelling focused on the Hawaiian culture. This also became the first LEED Silver hotel for Disney.
Afterward, I returned to the Hong Kong portfolio, working on Disney Explorers Lodge. I led a team spread throughout the US and Hong Kong utilizing BIM and new collaborative processes and technologies, while still delivering on the Disney storytelling tradition.
Since then I worked on the most immersive and ambitious Disney project to date, Star Wars Galaxy's Edge for Disneyland Anaheim and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Most recently, I've re-joined the Tokyo portfolio to lead the design and development of Fantasy Springs, a highly, immersive new 8th Port of Tokyo DisneySea with Never Land, Rapunzel's Forest, Frozen Kingdom, and a new Luxury Hotel. In addition, I am leading the overall Tokyo Portfolio as the PM Executive.