Dan LeBlanc’s career spans more than 30 years in the hospitality management industry, almost exclusively in park and educational gated attraction settings. He began in the marketing/ special events ranks, first at the Bronx Zoo, and then Sea World of California. LeBlanc moved to Florida in 1992 as vice president of marketing for Silver Springs and Weeki Wachee Springs attractions. He later became head of marketing at Miami Seaquarium. In 1996, LeBlanc was selected as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s director of marketing, and was promoted to president in 2003. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is operated by Delaware North Companies under a NASA concession contract and attracts more than 1.5 million annually. Here, LeBlanc directed a staff of 700 and was responsible for food, retail, exhibits and attraction operations, new product development, construction, facilities maintenance, grounds and fleet maintenance, finance, marketing, education/interpretive programs and human resources.
In 2005 Delaware North promoted LeBlanc to regional vice president. In addition to his continued duties at KSCVC, he managed the company’s food and retail sales accounts at the United States Mint Gift Shops in Philadelphia and Denver, as well as those at Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Parks, New York. LeBlanc also oversaw the food and retail concessions at Niagara Falls State Park, also in New York.
In 2008, LeBlanc founded and became president of Cape Leisure Corporation. The company’s first operating unit was the Natural Bridge of Virginia attraction and hotel complex, under a management contract with the facility’s private ownership. Natural Bridge, located in West Central Virginia forty miles from Roanoke, consists of two natural attractions, the Natural Bridge stone arch, one of the world’s natural wonders, and the Natural Bridge Caverns, the deepest public caverns in the east. Natural Bridge also features a 150-room conference hotel; all located on a 1,700 acres private reserve.
Under LeBlanc’s leadership, today Cape Leisure manages seven hospitality/concession contracts for clients such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the National Park Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
LeBlanc has been active on many boards as well, including Visit Florida, the Brevard Zoo and the Merritt Island Wildlife Association, the citizen support group for the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, an organization he served as president for three years.
LeBlanc, born in White Plains, New York, received his Bachelor of Arts, Sports Administration (Recreation Management emphasis) from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, and a Master of Arts in Public Communication from Fordham University, Bronx, New York.