Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Michael Pharr is responsible for the daily operations of the company, including internal project cost and budget management, and scheduling. He works closely with the Chief Creative Officer, the Executive Show Producer and the President across every aspect of the production process.
Prior to joining Rethink, Michael Pharr led the estimating team at McGillivray Consulting (now a Nassal Company), where he helped cement their reputation for accurate and reliable cost plans. While with MCG, Michael worked on Themed Entertainment projects on every inhabited continent of the world. As Estimating Project Manager for Walt Disney Resorts Integrated Facility Plan, Pharr designed and implemented a process to estimate approximately 3,500 individual jobs at twelve resort properties. For the rebranding of Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, Michael led a team of internal specialists and external consultants to project completion in 90 days. Mr. Pharr also earned a worldwide reputation for solid cost planning in the realm of Zoo and Aquariums. Prior to his service at MCG, Michael worked for Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where he served as the Land Estimator for Toon Lagoon. More recently, he was the Team Leader for a Rethink task force to open Comicave, a 17,000 sq. ft. themed retail location focusing on pop culture collectibles.
Michael has deep roots in themed entertainment. He began his career at Walt Disney World, working in operations, retail, the tooling warehouse and Central Shops before moving to Buena Vista Construction Company and Facility Asset Management.
A select list of notable projects is below:
- Paramount Parks - China, Korea, Japan, Europe
- Meraasland Dubai
- LEGO Theme Park - California, Germany, Florida, Japan
- Hard Rock Theme Park & Hotel, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Universal Studios - Orlando, Japan, Germany, Malaysia, Italy
- Universal’s Islands of Adventure
- Fox Studios Australia
- Busch Gardens Jungala
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Discovery Cove Orlando
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tree of Life