Disney Executive Recognized for Dedication to STEM Education

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Orlando Regional FIRST recently recognized Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer and Vice President of Worldwide Standards and Auditing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, as one of the organization’s Volunteers of the Year.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) designs programs that motivate K-12 students to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The organization’s mentor-based programs include the FIRST Lego League, which uses team robotics activities and competitions to inspire students.

“Over the years I’ve seen what a difference FIRST participation makes for students and I continue to be inspired by their teamwork and problem solving,” Hale said. “Through FIRST we are engaging students in science and technology in a way that will stay with them forever and have a direct impact on their education and careers.”

Greg Hale has volunteered with FIRST for 19 years, serving on the FIRST advisory board and helping to run and judge events in Orlando and other locations and serving as master of ceremony for the annual regional competition every year since it began at Kennedy Space Center. The competition now is held at the University of Central Florida.

Greg leads a global team that keeps Disney on the leading edge of theme park safety, accessibility for guests with disabilities, and technology advancements.