Grant Leisure senior associates represent nearly two centuries of experience in imagining, planning, designing, marketing and operating some of the world`s premier attractions. Grant Leisure brings to a client`s project senior managers and consultants who understand the challenges and difficulties in achieving successful solutions in the world of attractions.
Grant Leisure associates are selected for their skills, expertise in specific areas, and their ability to operate with a team approach, working with clients as partners and developing solutions that, in the end, appeal to both owners and visitors. After all, the visitor controls the revenue stream for an attraction, a bedrock principle that is deeply embedded in our company`s culture.
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Andy Grant has logged more than 40 years in the attraction industry and has headed Grant Leisure since its founding in 1982 in London. Prior to his move to Europe, Andy served as head of personnel for Universal Studios Tour in its infancy, general manager of Busch Gardens, director with Economic Research Associates, and head of Wild Animal Park before assuming the post of Deputy Director of the Zoological Society of San Diego. For the past 27 years, he has created and managed one of the world`s preeminent consulting and operating firms. Grant Leisure has provided design, planning, marketing and operations services to attractions in 22 countries, which last year hosted more than 120 million paying visitors. He supervises a broad spectrum of attraction projects from the Grant Leisure office, now located in Montecito, California.
Robert serves Grant Leisure as its marketing and branding director. He served as head of advertising and promotion for Disneyland and vice president for marketing for the RMS Queen Mary and Spruce Goose attraction. He has extensive tourism experience, serving as a marketing consultant to more than 30 visitor and convention bureaus in the US. He served as a principal consultant to Bright Strategic Design, which produced brand identities for National Car Rental, Princess Cruises, Miller Brewing, Virgin Cola, and Fox Studios. He also served as venue press chief for the 1984 Olympics and worked on the brand identities for the `84 Olympics, World Cup Soccer and Women`s World Cup. He received his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1980. He teaches brand management, IMC, and strategic marketing at UCLA Extension where he was named Distinguished Instructor. He is the editor and co-author of "Marketing at Retail", now in its 4th edition (2013).
Andrew trained as an architect and for the last 17 years has worked across the full spectrum of skills needed to make leisure work, serving initially as an Projects / Operations Manager for the Zoological Society of London and until very recently as Managing Director, Leisure for MICE Group plc. Andrew is known for his pragmatic approach, able to balance the various tensions impacting on projects and operations to ensure results driven solutions. He currently consults across the range of Grant Leisure projects as Director of European Operations.
Eddie is one of the world`s premier events producers and tour operations executives with more than 25 years experience. He has previously served as managing director and chairman of the well-known Elegant Days Limited, one of England`s leading specialists in client-driven events and hospitality. Elegant Days was the first company to provide corporate events at The Tower of London, Spencer House, and The Victoria and Albert Museum. Eddie currently heads Grant Leisur`s themed events and corporate hospitality consulting department.
Robert is one of the top, senior financial and research professionals in attraction, resort, and real estate industries. A graduate of UCLA`s Anderson School of Business (MBA), he served as senior financial analyst and advisor for Deloitte & Touche, lead project manager for Economic Research Associates, and has worked with Grant Leisure for the past five years on a variety of international projects in China, Middle East, Turkey, Europe, and North America.
is one of the world`s leading themed attractions executives having created and served as head of Universal Creative, Universal Studios Recreation Group`s master planning and design division. He directed the growth of Universal Creative from one person in 1979 to a 1,500-person team that managed the design/development for Universal Studios Florida, Universal`s Islands of Adventure, Universal Hollywood, and the creation of Universal Japan. Barry recently received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from TEA, the Themed Entertainment Assocation. He serves Grant Leisure as senior creative consultant.
Over the past year and a half, Abderrahim has been consulting with Grant Leisure on a variety of projects in the Middle East, and has been assisting us in the evaluation of entertainment and leisure facilities there. Abderrahim brings an unusual combination of skills to Grant Leisure, having obtained a degree in business and then attended a school for hotel and restaurant management.
With 25 years experience in developing and financing hospitality, media and gaming projects in emerging markets, Randall brings extensive financial structuring skills and global investor relationships to Grant Leisure and its projects. . Randall is expert in developing and packaging investment opportunities and matching these to the most suitable funding sources.
Edward Mestekawy has been in the broker dealer industry for the past 10 years as Managing Principle for Prudential Securities (1998-2003) and MetLife securities (2003-2008). He has many years of experience in raising capital for a variety of projects. In 1997, he underwrote a grant to help open the Chinese Museum of America in New York in 1997, remaining on board as a museum trustee. Mr. Mestekawy also raised funding for a gala event to start the Asian Women In Business Association in New York, an organization which has grown from three members to 18,000 currently. In 1998, he underwrote the grant for the Korean Film Festival. He is currently a partner and general principal for Coastal Financial Partners of Los Angeles, as well as founder and Managing Director for Habitant Egypt, a Cairo consulting firm that specializes in serving as financial advisor and project developer to the private business sector in Egypt. He brings to Grant Leisure his many years of business experience in the Middle East, coupled with an astute understanding of the leisure and tourism industry there.
Williston Clover, president of Grant Leisure`s sister company Panorama International, is the world’s preeminent resort development consultant. They have accomplished assignments in over 75 countries for over 45 years. The company provides a package of turnkey services including creating a concept, market and economic feasibility studies, planning and architecture, preliminary engineering and costing, financial presentations, financing, marketing (through Panorama World Marketing, and brings 45 years of close relationships with governments, corporations and families who are concerned with developing the very best in the leisure world. www.panoramaintl.com