Allen (Al) R. Weiss is a former partner in Apollo Capital Management, a private equity firm. He joined Apollo, following a 39-year career at the Walt Disney Company, in which his last position was President of Worldwide Operations for Disney’s $10 Billion+/95,000 employee Walt Disney Parks and Resorts business, in which he was responsible for the company’s theme parks and resorts including the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disneyland Resort Paris, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, “Adventures by Disney”, and the line-of-business responsibility for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort.
At Apollo, Al was involved in company analyses to support potential acquisitions and management. He had direct involvement in the acquisition of Chuck E. Cheese Entertainment in 2014 and currently serves on their Board of Directors. Also involved in the acquisition and negotiations for the sale of Great Wolf Resorts, Al became the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Great Wolf and later Executive Chairman. Mr. Weiss was also involved in the acquisition of Diamond Resorts International in 2016, as well as ClubCorp and currently serves on their Board of Directors.
Named “Most Influential Businessman in Central Florida” by the Orlando Business Journal in 2005, Mr. Weiss has been designated as a distinguished alumnus by his alma mater, the University of Central Florida, and both UCF and the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business have inducted Al into their Halls of Fame. Staying closely involved with his alma mater, Al has served as chairman of the UCF Foundation Board of Directors, and is a past member of the UCF Board of Trustees, Stetson University Board of Trustees and the Florida Council of 100 Board of Directors.