William A. Davis is President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Orlando Resort.
Davis is responsible for oversight of Universal Orlando Resort, including the Universal Studios theme park, the Islands of Adventure theme park, the Volcano Bay water theme park and the 30-acre CityWalk entertainment complex. He reports directly to Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Parks and Resorts.
Davis has 40 years of theme park experience – including sales and general manager positions at SeaWorld theme parks in Florida and Ohio. He also served as Executive Vice President and General Manager at SeaWorld of California. Mr. Davis then moved on to Senior Vice President of Guest Services at the Busch Entertainment Corporation where he was responsible for park and culinary operations, merchandise, safety/environmental and beverage promotion for nine theme parks in the United States.
Davis is a graduate of San Diego State University, as well as the Brooks Institute of Photography, and he has earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Stetson University, where he currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Business. He is a past president of Visit Orlando and current Executive Committee Board Member. He is a member of the Governor’s Council of the Orlando Economic Partnership and is also a member of the Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame. Davis has served on the Give Kids the World Board of Directors, the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Committee, and the American Zoological Association as a Professional Fellow.