Ancient Lore Village: ‘We believe in South Knoxville’
17 Jul 2019

Ancient Lore Village: ‘We believe in South Knoxville’

‘We believe in South Knoxville’

17 Jul 2019

Ancient Lore Village, Tom Boyd’s $74 million themed resort company, announced today that its senior management team and Board of Directors is now in place and the company is moving forward quickly with its design, development and plans.

Just seven months after its original announcement, Ancient Lore Village has assembled a senior management team made up of widely known and internationally recognized experts in the areas of resort management, finance, business management and culinary arts. The company’s growing Board of Directors is equally impressive with a “who’s who” of the amusement and attraction industry, finance, and the East Tennessee business world.

Recognizable names on the Ancient Lore Village management team roster include Knoxville native Matthew Cross (with a hospitality, real estate development and consulting background), Lewis Frazier (the CFO responsible for Regal Cinemas’ public offering), Melissa Blettner (former Senior Vice President of themed amenities at Great Wolf Lodge) and Simon Hall (who has served as chef at some of the world’s most notable and exclusive resorts).

The Ancient Lore Village Board of Directors includes Tom Boyd who conceptualized Ancient Lore Village (and is a lifelong entrepreneur who started five of Tennessee’s most successful companies), Daniel Levy (owner of DKLEVY Architecture and Design), Mike Ragsdale (former Knox County Mayor), Denise Weston (owner of Infinite Kingdoms, an Orlando-based theme park and attraction supplier), and Greg Hewitt (a former executive with Whirlpool, Textron, Komatsu, Dover, Pilot Flying J, Cargotec and Northwestern Mutual).

Matthew Cross, CEO of Ancient Lore Village, said, “To assemble a management team and Board of Directors of this caliber is testimony to Tom Boyd’s unique vision for Ancient Lore Village and the viability of this enterprise. Some of the most experienced and respected names in the amusement and attraction industry – people from all over the country – have joined our team.”

According to Cross, the company has reached a turning point as two independent studies near completion. Validation of the Ancient Lore Village concept is now giving way to implementation of the company’s vision.

“We will be building resorts in the near future,” Cross said. “We hope to build our first resort right here in Tom Boyd’s hometown, but we never viewed Ancient Lore Village as single, standalone property. While we are based and headquartered in Knoxville, there will be other locations.

“We believe in South Knoxville. We’re about to invest $74 million into a community and – needless to say – there are a number of towns that have expressed a strong desire for an Ancient Lore Village.”

Ancient Lore Village has announced a unique “Settlers Program” that will give guests early access to the property in late 2020. A grand opening is planned for early 2021.

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