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Meet Lee Cockerell

Board Director


Lee Cockerell retired as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. Growing up in Oklahoma, Lee attended Oklahoma State University for two years before joining in the United States Army. Lee’s career includes eight years with Hilton Hotels, seventeen years with Marriott International and sixteen years with The Walt Disney Company. Lee Joined Disney in 1990 as Director of Food and  Beverage, Quality Assurance and Vice President of the hotel division for Disneyland Paris. In 1993 Lee became the Senior Vice President of the hotel division at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida and in 1997 was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations for all of Walt Disney World Operations, serving in that position for ten years before retiring to start his own business, Lee Cockerell, LLC., a training and development company. Lee is author of six books on leadership, management, and world class customer service.

Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney 

The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service

Time Management Magic: How to Get More Done Every Day. Move from surviving to thriving.

Career Magic: How to Stay on Track to Achieve a Stellar Career

Hardwiring Magic: A guide to implementing Disney Magic into your business


A-Game Magic…Business 101 Course and Workbook (college text book, co-author)

Lee and his wife Priscilla reside in Orlando, Florida. Lee enjoys teaching leadership, management, and service excellence seminars, traveling, dining out and most of all spending time with his three grandchildren, Julian, Margot, and Tristan.

I am participating in the Leadership Crucible Foundation because I have a keen interest in the positive difference a leadership and management education can do to dramatically improve and save lives. The fire service sets the perfect example for excellence.


Meet the Board and Advisory Council

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