Mark A. Driscoll, Principal
Mark Driscoll is an international development expert with over 30 years of experience in the planning, design, and operation of leisure, entertainment, and tourism developments. Mr. Driscoll has worked extensively internationally with local and provincial governments, state-owned enterprises and private developers.
Mr. Driscoll got his start in the leisure and entertainment industry as a teenager working at Disneyland, eventually joining Landmark Entertainment Group as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing & Business Development. As VP Worldwide Marketing & Business Development, Mark led the company’s phenomenal growth overseas opening offices in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong.
In 1996, after the successful sale of Landmark Entertainment Group to Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal and Michael Jackson, Mr. Driscoll established Leisure Quest International, LLC to pursue what he believed to be significant opportunities for theme park, attraction and tourism destination development in the UA.E. Leisure Quest International was one of the first US entertainment consultancies to open offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For a decade to follow Mr, Driscoll and his team worked with the Dubai government through its development company Nakheel. Reporting to Nakheel's President, Mark and his team conceived some of Dubai’s most iconic developments which served as engines for economic and tourism growth in the Emirate. In 2001 Leisure Quest further expanded its operations to include The People's Republic of China, where once again it was one of the first US entertainment design companies to establish and maintain a full time office and staff, going on to design many iconic developments.
In 2002, Mark engineered a venture between Hollywood’s Paramount Studios and Tianjin Film and Television Group, China for the development of a Paramount Studios theme park, motion picture studio and resort. He also engineered the joint venture between China's state-owned media group China Central Television (CCTV) and IMG a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion. Mr. Driscoll has co-produced sports events in China with Nike and was responsible for the entry of Hollywood’s leading 3D camera systems into China.
In 2005 Mark secured the theme park and attraction rights to the Peanuts™ characters for the Middle East and designed a new family entertainment destination planned for Dubai.
In 2007 Mark was approached by the US Department of State and asked to serve as Mentor to the new Minister of Tourism in Iraq's newly formed government. Mark accepted and went on to also serve as the State Department's Sr. Economic Development Advisor in Al Anbar Province. Mark worked closely with Lt. General John Kelly and Maj. General Martin Post on a host of economic development initiatives that were recognized as Best Practices by the Department of Defense and U.S. State Department.
Mark has been a speaker at highly successful events organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and The International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) where his presentations were hailed by TEA as "the most attended event" and "a standout" by IAAPA at its Asian Attractions Expo.