Entertainment & Hospitality

AO&A will help you to deliver extraordinary guest experiences, whether you are building a theme park, resort, restaurant, or other themed destination. Our world audience is growing more savvy and sophisticated, with ever-higher expectations. AO&A is dedicated to giving you a competitive edge. We can guide and manage every aspect, from creative concept and design through construction. We will build a comprehensive program, or provide whatever individual services your project needs. We want your dream to come to life, on budget and on schedule.

The “A” and the “O”

Tom Acomb

The Acomb - Ostendorf Story
By: Tom Acomb

As our company continues to grow, Mike and I are often asked how we got started. We began as two blue-collar guys renting a tiny one-room office. (It could have doubled as a closet.) In only four years, we have grown to a company of more than 40 team members, with direct access to a network of highly experienced people in hospitality and entertainment. We are continually amazed at the opportunities this industry has brought us.

Mike and I have worked together for a long time, on projects from small-scale venues to world-record breaking resorts and cruise ships. For many years, we found satisfaction in our work at Walt Disney Imagineering. The experience was invaluable and we gained confidence in our own abilities. We were lucky to have that, but we also knew that we had ambitions to carve out a niche of our own.

During the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009, we decided it was time to take a leap of faith and bring our expertise to a broad clientele: business owners looking to expand their audience during a recession. It might have sounded like bad timing to others, but we knew it was a perfect opportunity.

Tom Acomb

We found clients who needed a one-time team to manage their themed entertainment construction projects. Mike and I made ourselves available as staff extensions. We staked our name on an ability to get high value from limited budgets, and find innovative solutions to meet ever-changing expectations from a world audience.

We find ourselves in a happy niche – we’re small, but power-packed. We have far more experience than a “Mom and Pop” business, and we have a higher level of versatility and adaptability than a larger corporation. Our core team is packed with multi-talented team players. Our broad network of contacts allows us to grow as necessary to meet the needs of a project at any scale. Most importantly, we all love what we do!

We try to model our practices after innovative companies like Google or Nike. We aim to create an atmosphere where everyone can find their own processes, and motivate themselves to excel. We find and develop fresh new talent, and we access some of the most seasoned experts in the industry. We work hard, but we know we are helping to literally make dreams come true. Because this is our core mission, we made a promise to ourselves, one that we stick by; Always Be Having Fun!

Building this company has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and Mike and I are just getting started. We look forward to helping you build your dream.