Managing Director of West US
Innovation & Technology Principal
Paul Bailey brings well over 20 years of creative storytelling experience, blending art, design, science, and engineering. A magician at misapplying common technologies, Paul specializes in creating illusions that fuse technical, artistic, and analytic elements. Paul has held multiple creative, technical, and project leadership roles over his tenure.
As one of AOA’s executive members, Paul heads up the West US region comprising Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, and Hawaii. Alongside his team-mates, he applies AOA’s expertise beyond the Orlando-based borders. In addition, Paul leads AOA’s technology and innovation vertical, provides company-wide guidance on creative technology applications, and oversees AOA’s intellectual property portfolio.
Paul’s expertise lies at the intersection of the “what” “why” and “how” – the technical, creative, and business – pieces of an equation. A serial entrepreneur, he brings unique experience and perspective to the business relationships necessary to build the impossible. Given that entrepreneurial experience, Paul is an integral part of AOA’s business development efforts. He contributes to AOA’s existing and future ventures in assessing market needs, planning future operations, and maintaining AOA’s classic offerings.
And when it comes to ushering in a new era of themed entertainment projects, Paul’s the AOA team member with the applied science skills to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. With training in illustration and sculpting; work experience as a creature designer and makeup artist; and a life-long love of technology; Paul’s understanding of various fields has given him the know-how to tackle any client issue. Innovation runs through everything Paul does; he’s happy to apply that love of the up-and-coming to everything AOA approaches.
Paul is known for building acclaimed teams through empathy and trust. Having managed huge projects like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its corresponding attraction “Rise of the Resistance,” he believes that passionate people are the rocket fuel behind building astounding experiences.