OUR LEADERSHIP

Blake Ryan

President

As President of Storyland Studios, Blake Ryan’s focus includes leading our team with a (sometimes unhealthy) hyper-focus on championing creative collaboration and clarity. He also serves as President and Managing Principal of PlainJoe Studios. Prior to that, Blake held various C-Suite roles with nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and around the world, overseeing operations, finance, and marketing.

Outside of Storyland, Blake serves his community as a chaplain and social entrepreneur. He’s passionate about captivating and reforming culture by elevating the stories and value of the nameless. Blake co-founded Restoration Roasters, a specialty coffee bar that provides hands-on vocational training for the homeless of his community. He also serves as the volunteer chaplain of the Corona Norco Rescue Mission, and Chief Executive Officer of Ethur. Blake graduated with honors from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in accounting.

Peter McGowan

Chief Design Officer

Peter McGowan serves as Chief Design Officer at Storyland Studios, where he leverages his passion for storytelling, brand development, and technology. Peter provides story oversite, design leadership and creative solutions from the ether to the environment for clients around the world. He is also the Design Principal and Co-Founder of our sister company PlainJoe Studios. Prior to that, Peter held positions at IBM and Johnson & Johnson. Peter holds a degree in business/information systems from Cal Poly, Pomona.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and serve in leadership and ministry roles at Crossroads Christian Church in Corona, California.

Mel McGowan

Chief Creative Officer

Mel McGowan, AICP, DBIA, LEED AP creatively leads Storyland Studios’s unique, multidisciplinary Spatial Storytelling practice, which integrates master planning, conceptual development, architecture, interior and production design, graphics and wayfinding, and dimensional fabrication and installation. He combines his background in film and design with a decade-long stint at the Walt Disney Company to create a team synergy inspired by Disney’s original Imagineers, designers, and fabricators.

Mel is passionate about creating compelling experiences and immersive environments around the world. Post-Disney, he co-founded Visioneering and PlainJoe Studios, where he led multi-award-winning architectural teams and was named one of the top 25 influencers by OC Metro Magazine. Mel is the author of Design Intervention and an adjunct professor at CBU’s College of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design.

Mel’s experience and portfolio includes the renewal of the Disneyland Resort, Morongo Casino, new urbanist towns, and museum and theme park work in the US, China, and Korea, as well as non-profit cause-oriented projects in the Americas, Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Tom McGlinchey

Tom McGlinchey provides Chief Financial Officer services to Storyland Studios and is no stranger to storytelling on large scales as he previously held the position of Business Manager at Walt Disney Entertainment, assisting with the establishment of a new entertainment division with offices in Europe, Asia and Australia. Tom has a passion for helping entrepreneurial business leaders and has done so as Chief Financial Officer for Church Development Fund and Provision Ministry Group. Tom is a Certified Management Accountant, earning his BA in business administration from California State University Fullerton and his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Tom McGlinchey lives in Irvine, California with his wife, Shelley, and his two children, Austin and Ainsley. He enjoys traveling with his family, golf, reading and mentoring financial leaders.

Mark Harrington

Chief Operations Officer

As Chief Operations Officer of Storyland Studios, Mark Harrington is always trying to build a better mousetrap. He’s the original founder of Harrington & Sons, the fabrication firm that became Storyland, and he brings a curiosity and tenacity to the team that nurtures Storyland’s production capabilities. Mark loves a challenge and welcomes the difficult, and he’s passionate about finding innovative ways to do things better and more efficiently.

Previously, Mark worked in construction before transitioning to manufacturing. He’s married to his high school sweetheart, Patty, and they have three children together. In his free time, he enjoys getting out in the mud, “riding two-wheeled chariots over rugged terrain in fierce duels with his mortal enemies”…otherwise known as motocross riding with his buddies.

Johnny Davis

Art Director

Johnny Davis serves as Art Director for Storyland Studios, where he guides projects through all phases of design, from concept to completion. He’s passionate about uncovering our clients’ unique story DNA and target audiences, then using those discoveries to craft their messaging and overall design. Johnny’s portfolio includes Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, Pretend City, West Virginia State Museum, and the Las Vegas Mob Experience. Johnny continues to serve as Art Director and Illustrator for PlainJoe Studios. Before that, he completed design work for Penton Overseas Publishing, Archeon, MMDesignWorks, and Home Depot. He attended Mira Costa College and San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, earning a B.A. in Illustration with a focus on character animation, and has been mentored by Conrad Vernon, director of Shrek 2 and voice of “Gingy” for Dreamworks Animation.

Matt Molsberry

Principal Architect

Matt Molsberry, AIA, NCARB serves Storyland Studios as a Principal Architect from PlainJoe Studios Architecture, where he oversees the master planning, design, and development of innovative, immersive environments and themed spaces. Previously, he served at Chevlin-Molsberry Architects and Visioneering Studios where he emerged as one of the leading church architects in the nation, serving as the Principal Architect on teams that won multiple Solomon Awards for “Best Church Architect.” Matt is a CalPoly alumnus, and his design studies included a focus on VR and Augmented Reality. Matt cut his teeth at AECOM (the world’s largest architecture & engineering firm) where he was part of multiple architectural teams for various projects and attractions at Warner Brothers Movie World (now Parque Warner) in Madrid, Spain, Disney’s California Adventure, and Disneyland.