LEDO’s two principals, Mel Cecil and Thor Degelmann, each
have over 40 years of experience in planning, developing, opening
and operating themed leisure entertainment destination and resort
projects. Professionally, they grew up in the themed entertainment
business. During their careers with the Walt Disney Company, it
is fair to say that each helped shape the theme park industry by
virtue of their key leadership positions on major, international
projects, including Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and the
Euro Disney Resort, near Paris, France. Their Disney work involved
concept through opening.
Each has extensive experience within his areas of expertise,
at all levels of responsibility. Each also has been responsible
for all aspects of the process involved in taking a project from
idea to opening and beyond. They are experienced leaders who have
developed complex leisure entertainment projects and then also have
successfully opened and managed them.
Cecil has extensive experience in leisure destination and real estate
development and entitlements and theme park master planning, construction
and operations. Prior to becoming one of the founding principals
and President of LEDO, he was Vice President,
Operations Design for Disneyland International, where he directed
the design of $200 million post-opening expansion plans and coordinated
the creative efforts for confidential, new theme park project developments.
Mel’s expertise lies in strategic and business planning, project
development and construction and facilities management. He has extensive
experience in master planning complex projects, from theme parks
and resort destinations to commercial and mixed-use developments.
His experience in design management includes supervising the work
of 1,000 technical employees, including a 30-person architecture
and engineering department. He has also managed a $600 million portfolio
of commercial properties and was responsible for the entitlement
of 33 separate land parcels totaling 7,468 acres.
Degelmann, founding principal and Chief Executive Officer of LEDO
brings exceptional international experience
in people management, administration, resort and theme park operations
and project development to the LEDO team. Most of Thor’s career
has been spent in start-up or expanding organization environments.
He has managed projects and organizations in international, multi-cultural
environments and developed the manpower and organization master
plan for a project that grew from less than 10 to 17,000 employees
in just 5 years.
Thor is also a seasoned operations and human resources expert who has developed and
implemented operating plans for resort destinations, theme parks,
museums, and other leisure attractions. He has extensive experience
in operations master planning, including capacities studies, attractions
evaluations, design specifications and establishment of operations
design criteria. His expertise extends to operational program development,
operational input and planning to concept development, component
selection, viability analysis and operational policies and procedures