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With over 200 years of combined experience, members of the VisionMaker team have overseen multi-billion dollar destination developments and operations with as much as US$1 billion in annual sales.   The team is led by:

 

John A. Cora

Chairman & CEO.  John is a 30-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, where he led the operational design, programming, layout, development and pre-opening plan for Disney’s $1.6B Disneyland Resort expansion project, completed in 2001. Previously, John ran theme park operations at Disneyland for 15 years, responsible for 10,500 employees, over $750M in annual revenues, 65 attractions, 45 food facilities and 61,000 square feet of retail space. John recently served as President and CEO of Palace Entertainment, the largest operator of water parks and family entertainment centers in the United States, when VisionMaker worked with MidOcean Partners to acquire Palace in April 2006.

 

Daniel S. Martinez

President. Dan has 15 years of strategic & business planning experience in the entertainment & leisure industry.  With Universal Studios Recreation Group’s strategic planning group, he helped develop Universal’s global theme park development strategy; led corporate strategic planning efforts for Universal resort, Universal’s Port Aventura and Universal City Hollywood; and helped negotiate and led integration efforts for Universal’s acquisition of the Wet ‘n Wild water park chain. Previously, with the Disneyland Resort’s business planning group, Dan was deeply involved in business unit-level strategic, operational and financial planning.  Dan recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Palace Entertainment.

 

Haydar Alireza

Vice Chairman, VisionMaker Arabia. Haydar is currently the CEO at Reza Investment Ltd. He is a board member of the Saudi Can Company Ltd., and a board member of Advance Advertising. He is also a board member of JC Decaux ATA, one of the largest advertising companies in the Middle East.  JC Decaux ATA, secured the advertising rights to all airports in Saudi Arabia until 2021.  He also serves as a board member of Linc Facility Services in Saudi Arabia. He has also served as the Manager of Corporate Banking at Saudi British Bank. He currently serves VisionMaker Arabia as the Managing Director of all projects in and around the middle east.

 

Ryan Sauter

Director, VisionMaker Asia.  With over 6 years living in the Pearl River Delta area of China, Ryan has developed a strong network of relationships throughout Asia.  Ryan provides complete support and coordination of new opportunities for VisionMaker in Asia, including China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Korea.  In 2008, Ryan helped launch a new movie studio in Guangzhou, where he served as Executive Vice President and Producer.  Over the past three years, Ryan has self-funded several charity projects in Bangladesh, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia.   Ryan graduated from Saint Mary’s College in California in 2003 with a degree in Physiology, where he was an NCAA football athlete for four years.  He later played semi-pro and professional basketball in China for a year before starting his business career.

 

Larry Nelson

Creative Lead.  Larry has over 20 years of experience in design, with degrees in Industrial Design and Design Education. Larry has extensive experience in China, with multiple projects in Shanghai, Wuxi, Chengdu, and other markets.  A hands-on and experienced designer, Mr. Nelson has created architectural designs, entertainment concepts, themed attractions and restaurants for theme parks, hotels, casinos, and resorts worldwide, including some of the worlds most prestigious companies such as VisionMaker, Universal Studios, Walt Disney, Landmark Entertainment, Warner Brothers, MGM, Lucas Film/ILM, Six Flags, Paramount Studios, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Boyd Group, Jim Henson and Assoc., General Motors, Coca- Cola, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, DFS, Venetian Resorts & Casinos, Dreamworks, Klai-Juba Architects, RTKL Architects, Gensler Architects, AEG, Landmark Entertainment, W Hotels, Gary Goddard Ent. and others.  Mr. Nelson holds degrees in Industrial Design and Design Education.