This year's honorees include two Walt Disney World veterans, Bill Sullivan and Bob Matheison
wore many hats while working for Disney theme parks.
helped to research and develop Walt Disney World and create its executive training program.
Disney career began in 1960, when Bob
received a call from an old college friend who offered him a job at
as a sound coordinator.
became responsible for programming anything audible to guests, ranging from recorded music to teaching Jungle Cruise skippers how to speak into their microphones.
Bob then became manager of Guest Relations and later, helped produce live radio and television broadcasts from
In 1965, Walt Disney
to manage parts of the Disney-designed pavilions at the
in 1966, to head the research and development team for Walt Disney World.
presented facts and recommendations to Walt
about sizing, facilities and more.
also helped develop a 13-week executive training program for Walt
Disney World, a forerunner of Disney's
current corporate training program.
In 1969, Bob was named director of operations at Disneyland and, a year later, carried the title to
, where he
outlined an operating plan for the new theme park.
He was promoted to vice president of operations in 1972, and bumped up to vice president of the
and EPCOT in 1984.
Three years later, Bob was promoted to executive vice president of Parks, Walt Disney World.
After 34 years with the company, Bob Matheison retired in February 1994.