Fred Sawyers is general manager of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, the iconic property located in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Sawyers brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position, working with multiple properties across the country. He began his work with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 1985 at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, Calif. He then went on to hold various leadership roles with Nikko Hotels and two independent hotel companies in Sacramento, Calif.
After moving to Hilton Hotels, Sawyers was named general manager of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in 2005. Most recently, he served as a complex general manager for the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans.
Sawyers earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. He has served as president of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association, chairman of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and treasurer of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Sawyers oversees 2,270 rooms, 331,000 square feet of meeting space and 1,800 cast members in his role at the Epcot Resort Area hotel.
Ed DiAntonio is the director of catering and convention services at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.
In his role, DiAntonio is responsible for overseeing both the catering and convention services operations for the 2,270-room property which offers more than 331,000 square feet of meeting space.
Previously, DiAntonio was director of catering for the resort, where he was consistently recognized for his achievements and expertise within the industry. He was elected to sit on the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) National Board, is a past president of the NACE Orlando Chapter and was awarded Caterer of the Year for the chapter in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In 2008, he was also selected as NACE’s National Caterer of the Year.
DiAntonio is a certified meeting planner and certified professional catering executive with more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry and more than 10 years at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.