07 April 2014

Photos from 2014 TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala

Photos from the 2014 TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala, April 3-5 at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, have been posted in several albums on Facebook. Use the links below to view them, look for your friends and colleagues, do some tagging - and if you weren't there in person, make your resolution to attend next year.

TEA's official Summit & Thea Awards Gala photographer was Martin Palicki of InPark Magazine. Many thanks to Marty for an excellent job!

TEA Summit co-chair Roberta Perry introduces John Robinett, Linda Cheu and Brian Sands of AECOM

Welby Altidor of Cirque du Soleil talks about the making of Michael Jackson: ONE

TEA NextGen helps ready students and recent grads to join the industry

Garner Holt accepts lifetime achievement honors; Bob Gurr cheers him on

29 March 2014

Three days with the Themed Entertainment Association - celebrating excellence in the creation of compelling places and experiences, April 3-5, 2014 at Disneyland Resort

Three essential days for the attractions industry

TEA president Christine Kerr
TEA Summit Day One:
Executive Master Class - April 3
Paradise Pier Hotel
TEA Summit Day Two:

Thea Case Studies Day - April 4
Paradise Pier Hotel
Thea Awards Gala - April 5

Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom

At the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim 

Tickets may be purchased 
for individual or multiple events at this link.

Hotel information is here.

Click here for Summit Day One program.
Click here for Thea Case Studies Day program.
Click here for detailed information on the 2014 Thea Award recipients.

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international, non-profit alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences worldwide, presents the annual Thea Awards Gala and annual TEA industry Summit.

Roberta Perry
These events celebrate and document the best recent examples of Experience Design – for leisure, entertainment, and education – and look at where the visitor attractions industry is headed. They are also vital business networking gatherings.
11th Annual TEA Summit
Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Resort
  • Summit Day One (April 3) Executive Master Class - a limited attendance event geared to top level executives, owners and operators. 
  • Thea Case Studies Day (April 4) is a larger, broader forum - open to the general membership and to students - that brings together the 2014 international Thea Award recipients to share the insight
    & issues critical to the success of their projects. Case Studies Day has developed into a key networking event, and a welcoming environment for TEA NextGen members.

Grand Ballroom, Disneyland Hotel
  • The Thea Awards Gala presented by AECOM on April 5 (open to the public) - is the culminating event: an elegant, black-tie dinner affair celebrating excellence in the industry. A Thea Award is a coveted honor. 

Patrick Roberge
Organizers
Under the leadership of TEA president Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions, Roberta Perry of ETI and Pat MacKay of OnesandZeros are
Jennifer Nevin
Kathy Oliver
returning as the Summit chairs, and Patrick Roberge of Patrick Roberge Productions is returning as the Gala producer.

They are supported by TEA's new COO, Jennifer Nevin; TEA development director Kathy Oliver; and publicist Judith Rubin. This group will in turn be supported by an able and essential cadre of volunteers.

Sponsorship
Essential support and resources are also provided by TEA sponsors. For more information on sponsorship, contact Kathy Oliver.
Garner Holt of Garner Holt Productions will receive the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements at the 2014 Thea Awards Gala, and will give the opening address on Summit Day Two.
About TEA
The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit alliance founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, Calif. Some 1,000 TEA members represent roughly 8,000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working in 30 US states and 40 different countries. TEA presents the annual Thea Awards and the TEA Summit and hosts the annual SATE Conference (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience). TEA also produces a variety of print and electronic publications, including the TEA/AECOM Theme Index, TEA Annual Directory and Thea Awards Program magazine. Visit www.teaconnect.org.


About the Thea Awards
The Thea Awards, presented by Economics at AECOM and Garner Holt Productions, were created by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) to help realize a key mission of the association: bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. The public is welcome to attend the black-tie 20th Annual Thea Awards Gala, which will be held April 5, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Calif. USA. Tickets may be ordered online at teaconnect.org. The name of the award is a play on three words: the first is "Thea," the Greek goddess from whom all light emanates. Thea was the mother of Helios (the sun), Eos (the dawn), and Selene (the moon). The second key word is "Theater," a word derived from the goddess Thea. The third word, of course, is TEA, for the Association.


Moises Cisneros to speak on international business development at TEA Summit Day One, April 3 in Anaheim

Moises Cisneros has 15 years of professional experience in international trade and economic development. In 2010, Cisneros launched Organic Global, a boutique consulting firm in Southern California focused on providing business solutions to forward thinking, global minded entrepreneurs.

In 2011, Cisneros was retained by the Santa Monica Small Business Development Center to deliver business financial planning and global strategic mentoring to area companies. Recently, the Santa Monica College Office of Workforce & Economic Development secured Cisneros to produce year round, high caliber business forums to educate entrepreneurs about innovative trends impacting their industries.

Prior to creating Organic Global, Cisneros was the Global Strategies and Business Services Manager for the Economic Development Agency (EDA) –San Bernardino County, where he fostered the retention of existing companies in the area, facilitated coalitions between economic development drivers such as the private sector, academic institutions, government and chambers of commerce. Additionally, Cisneros led multiple small business trade missions to Asian countries and launched the County’s first overseas office -established to provide resources to local area businesses and attract foreign direct investment. Economic development success in these areas resulted in recognition at the local, state and national levels.

Prior to joining the EDA, Cisneros headed the International Trade Office for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where he facilitated small and medium size enterprises (SME’s) access to global markets. In the seven years at the LA Chamber, Cisneros led trade missions to dozens of countries in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and the European Union.

Mr. Cisneros serves on several boards and committees including the University of Southern California Latino Alumni Association and the LA Chambers World Trade Week Southern California Committee.

Moises received his Bachelor’s degree from the school of International Relations at the University of Southern California, (USC) and most recently, a Masters in Leadership from USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development. Cisneros enjoys producing business events both locally and abroad.

18 March 2014

Bob Gurr to speak at TEA Summit Day Two, April 4 in Anaheim

Bob Gurr with Marty Sklar, former Vice Chairman, Walt Disney Imagineering (L) and Michael O'Grattan, Sr Vice President Entertainment and Imaging, Walt Disney Parks and Recreation (R) at dedication of Gurr's Main Street Window at Disneyland, March 7, 2008.  Copyright Disney.
Bob Gurr
Disney Legend (2004) and Thea lifetime honoree (1999)
In his Disney career of nearly 40 years, he helped develop more than 100 designs for vehicles: Main Street vehicles, Matterhorn bobsleds, the cars of Autopia, the futuristic Monorail and more. He also helped design the mechanical workings of Disney’s first advanced Audio-Animatronics human figure, Abraham Lincoln, of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Following his retirement in 1981, Bob continued to consult on Disney projects, including the giant Ursula creature featured at Tokyo DisneySea. (Source: The Disney Blog)

Why Bob Gurr this year in particular? Anytime is a good time to hear anecdotes and wisdom from Gurr, but his year is particularly apt because of Garner Holt's being named for the 2014 Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements - because these two masters of the audio-animatronics arts are good friends and colleagues, and because Holt has always looked up to Gurr. 


Bob Gurr with Jack Gladish, Plastics Manufacturing Manager for MAPO, at Tampa shipyards.
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international, non-profit alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences worldwide, presents the annual Thea Awards Gala and TEA Summit, April 3-5, 2014 at Disneyland Resort.

Summit Day One (April 3) of the 2-day Summit is a limited-seating Executive Master Class.
 
Summit Day Two - Thea Case Studies Day (April 4), is open to a larger and wider audience including students, and showcases the people and projects that will be honored the following night at the Thea Awards Gala (April 5).

Visit the official blog for more information.

Register and buy tickets at the TEA Box Office.   

Marty Sklar to speak & sign books at TEA Summit Day One April 3, 2014 in Anaheim

Dapper Disney colleagues and Thea lifetime honorees at TEA's Thea Awards Gala in the 1990s: Harrison "Buzz" Price, John Hench, Marty Sklar and Don Iwerks
Marty Sklar, Marty Sklar Creative
Thea Lifetime Achievement honoree
author of “Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms”
Marty Sklar joined Disneyland full-time in 1956, where he held responsibility for most of the park's publicity and marketing materials. As vice president of creative development, executive vice president and then president of Imagineering for nine years, Sklar supervised the design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney California Adventure Park, Tokyo DisneySea, the Walt Disney Studios Park and most recently Hong Kong Disneyland. 

Copies of "Dream It! Do It!" will be available to TEA Summit Day One delegates. Marty will sign copies during the Summit lunch break, and will speak during the afternoon session.

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international, non-profit alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences worldwide, presents the annual Thea Awards Gala and TEA Summit, April 3-5, 2014 at Disneyland Resort.

Summit Day One (April 3) of the 2-day Summit is a limited-seating Executive Master Class.
 
Summit Day Two - Thea Case Studies Day (April 4), is open to a larger and wider audience including students, and showcases the people and projects that will be honored the following night at the Thea Awards Gala (April 5).

Visit the official blog for more information.

Register and buy tickets at the TEA Box Office. 
 

Disney's Joe Rohde will give closing presentation at Theas Case Studies Day April 4, part of the TEA Summit


“Personally I don’t think you can ever get enough of Joe Rohde. He’s just plain inspiring. And he constantly reminds all of us why we are doing what we’re doing… and how to make every minute more personally fulfilling and meaningful. To wrap up this day of Thea Case Studies on April 4 at the annual TEA Summit, I’m looking forward to Joe’s 'Tales from Mongolia' –his recent mission to Save the Snow Leopards.”  -- Pat MacKay, TEA Summit co-chair

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) welcomes back Joe Rohde to the annual TEA Summit, as the closing speaker for Thea Case Studies Day, April 4 - Day Two of the annual TEA Summit, at Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim. 

Thea Case Studies Day (April 4) is a series of presentations showcasing the current slate of Thea Awards recipients. On the following day (April 5), the new Thea recipients will be honored at the annual Thea Awards Gala.

Click here for more information
Click here to purchase tickets

Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering
Joe is a 30+ year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, starting his career as a model designer on Epcot, and continuing with projects for Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.; and Disneyland Paris. Joe led the team that conceptualized, designed and built Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. He continues to oversee new attractions for that park and is also responsible for the creative design and content of Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, at Ko Olina, O'ahu, Hawai'i, which debuted in August 2011.

The challenge of creating Disney's Animal Kingdom, a park with a strong wildlife conservation message, involved years of research and negotiation with constituents from the scientific community, the world of zoos, and representatives of indigenous communities involved in the stories created in the park. In the process of developing the park itself, Joe was instrumental in the development of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, which has supported more than 180 nonprofit organizations in 111 countries totaling nearly $18 million.

Joe speaks regularly about design and narrative and has appeared at NASA, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the TED conference, Portland Creative conference, and has been the keynote speaker at SIGGRAPH in Boston and Yokohama, Japan, as well as many other venues. He is also a member of the Explorers Club.

Joe Rohde has been honored by TEA with the Buzz Price Thea Award for lifetime achievement.

04 March 2014

Wow! The Thea Awards turn 20! Get your tickets for the April 5 Gala in Anaheim



Bob Rogers (left) with Ron Miziker
A Brief History of the Thea Awards
By Bob Rogers, BRC Imagination Arts
 

Like the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) itself, the Thea Awards were created to bring recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. 

Jeremy Railton arrives at the 2012 Thea Awards Gala
Inside the ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel - 2013 Theas Gala
Click here to buy your tickets now for the 2014 Thea Awards Gala - open to purchase by the industry as well as the public. This elegant, black-tie dinner affair and evening of networking and celebration takes place on April 5, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel.

Click here for information on the 2014 Thea Award recipients. 

The Thea Awards Gala (April 5) is the culminating event of TEA's biggest annual weekend gathering. The Gala is preceded by the TEA Summit (April 3-4). Click here for more information on the TEA Summit.

From the start of the TEA in 1991, the TEA’s founder, Monty Lunde, felt our industry represented some of the most accomplished yet under-recognized talents working in all of entertainment. Therefore after launching the TEA, and guiding it safely through the first critical years, Monty’s next priority was the creation of an award that would bring recognition and prestige to the people of our industry. 


TEA's first Awards Judging Committee was comprised of Bob Rogers, Pat Scanlon and Barry Howard. In early 1994 they met in a single session at Monty’s Restaurant (an ironic coincidence, no relationship to Mr. Lunde) in the west San Fernando
Valley. The choice of an honoree was easy: Industry veteran, Harrison “Buzz” Price would be the first recipient of the only award to be given out that year — the TEA Lifetime Achievement Award.





TEA past presidents in the receiving line: Monty Lunde, Roberta Perry, Peter Chernack, George Wiktor

The name of the award is a play on three words: The first is “Thea,” the Greek goddess from whom all light emanates. Thea was the mother of Helios (the sun), Eos (the dawn) and Selene (the moon). The second key word is “Theater,” a word which derives from the goddess Thea. The third word, of course, is “TEA,” the name of our association. The original Thea and AOA (Award for Outstanding Achievement) trophies were designed by Barry Howard and Jeremy Railton. The new Thea, which debuted in 2001, was designed by Zofia Kostryko.
Three Thea lifetime honorees: Marty Sklar, Bob Ward, Joe Rohde

The first year’s ceremony was produced by Ron Miziker of Miziker & Company, and the event was coordinated by Jana Love with Monty Lunde serving as Chairman of the Awards Ceremony Committee and master of ceremonies. It was held at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and was attended by over 200 people. The evening was partly a tribute and partly an affectionate “roast” of Buzz, although at least one speaker came with the impression that it was a men-only “smoker” and mortified the guest of honor and the ladies present with his presentation. Overall, the balance of the evening was magnificent. Many of us were so astonished by the sight of each other in tuxedos and evening gowns that we agreed to do it again the following year.

TEA president Christine Kerr in 2013
Nineteen ninety-five was our second year. Our single honoree was Walt Disney Imagineering’s, Marty Sklar and again the event was held at the Biltmore, but in a bigger room with about 350 people in attendance. Again the format was a series of speakers, roasting and saluting the honoree. One of the highlights was a long parade of “Marty’s former secretaries” in which half of the ladies in the audience participated. (Marty has a reputation for high turnover among his administrative assistants!)

Thea’s third year (1996) was a major turning point. That year, the Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) were introduced, turning the Thea Awards into a multi-award event. Ten AOA awards were distributed and several breakthrough traditions were established that have come to characterize the Thea Awards:

Transformers take the stage in 2013

  • The objective of the Thea awards is simple: To find excellence and celebrate it. It is not a judgment of winners and losers. The achievements selected for awards are chosen because they represent the excellence found throughout the themed entertainment industry. This simple philosophy guides the entire Thea process.
  • There are no surprise announcements, no secret names in envelopes, no division of attendees into winners and losers at the Thea Awards. Everyone walks in a winner and leaves as a winner. This Thea tradition brings our industry together for a completely positive evening.
  • Membership in the TEA is not a requirement or a consideration in judging. Excellence is our only standard.
  • Within the AOA there are no set categories. The TEA is free to honor several achievements in the same category or to skip categories, as the year’s achievements warrant.
  • The AOA honors the entire achievement and everyone who worked on the achievement, rather
    than individuals, such as Best Director or Best Art Director. We ask the owner of the achievement to designate the individuals who will come to the podium to collect the award on behalf of all of the people and companies who contributed to the achievement. These two Thea traditions remove the TEA from the impossible task of trying to determine or arbitrate credits (an issue in which the TEA has no legal standing – at least not yet) and it spreads the sense of honor and accomplishment to all who worked on the achievement. Thus the Thea Awards become an event that brings us together rather than one that tears us apart.
  • Tom Tait, WDI; Charlotte Huggins, Rhythm & Hues
  • To receive a Thea Award, the owner of the achievement must publish credits. In this way, the Thea Awards established the very first standards and requirements for credits in our industry. This tradition was immediately embraced by Disney, Universal and many of the large companies which had previously resisted publishing credits. The creation of our industry’s first credits may be Thea’s greatest accomplishment to date.

Thea lifetime honoree Yves Pepin
Also noteworthy in 1996, as a variation of the usual Lifetime Achievement Award, the TEA gave a special AOA for Outstanding Individual to Monty Lunde, the founder of the association.

In 1997 two additional special categories of the AOA were created. Excellence on a Limited Budget (assuring annual recognition for one or more achievements created for less than $5 million) and the Thea Classic Award, honoring one achievement each year, which has stood the test of time.

The Thea Awards Gala has become THE social event of the year within our industry. In spite of limited budgets, our all-volunteer production teams comprised of enthusiastic TEA members have created a series of great awards shows — each one topping the previous.

The Thea Awards are now internationally recognized as the equivalent of an Academy Award in the themed entertainment industry. Each year over a hundred highly qualified achievements from all over the world compete for between 12 and 18 awards. Traditional awards include:
Disney's Cathy Mangum and John Lasseter accept Thea Award for Cars Land (2013). Far right: Bonny Hunt, the voice of Sally in the Cars movies.
  • The Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements
  • The AOA (Award for Outstanding Achievement) – Any Category
  • The AOA for Achievement on a Limited Budget – Any Category
  • The AOA for Technological Achievement
  • The Thea Classic Award (Recognizing an achievement, usually an attraction, that has stood the test of time)
TEA welcomes back Patrick Roberge of Patrick Roberge Productions to produce the 2014 Thea Awards Gala for a second consecutive year.
But the overriding objective remains to find excellence and celebrate it — a search for projects that call attention to the excellence that exists throughout our industry.

As we look to the future, the Thea Awards will continue to grow, evolve and change, never forgetting their original objective of bringing recognition to achievement, talent and professional personal excellence within our themed entertainment industry. 



BRC’s Karen McGee to receive 2014 TEA Distinguished Service Award

Karen McGee: The Secret Behind the Thea Committee

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is proud to announce that Karen McGee will be presented with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the Thea Awards on April 5th, 2014 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The award is given in recognition to a TEA member’s outstanding contributions to the association. Karen McGee has served as the Thea Coordinator for the Awards Nominating Committee for over 12 years. McGee administers and manages all of the applications, submissions, nominations, media presentations, record-keeping and committee communications for the Thea Awards Judging Committee.

“I have been watching it change and grow for the last 12 ½ years. I love interacting with the Thea Committee and seeing the whole process of how they take between 125 and 175 projects from all over the world and settle the top 14 Thea Award recipients. It really does take about two months of meetings, or more.”

In addition to her work with the TEA, Karen has helped create and plan philanthropic events for such charities as Cystic Fibrosis, Bay Area Lupus, Scleroderma and Stanford Kidney Research, Family Promise, Bridge-to-Home Shelter, Single Mother’s Outreach, Breast Cancer and many others. Karen has been a member of the woman’s group Beta Sigma Phi for over 39 years where she has held such positions as Chapter President, Recording Secretary and is currently the 2018 Convention Co-Chair. Currently, Karen is the Executive Assistant managing Bob Rogers, the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of BRC Imagination Arts.

About TEA’s Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually at the THEA Awards Gala, in recognition of a TEA member’s outstanding contributions “above & beyond the call of duty” to the Association. Nominations are open to the TEA membership; the final selection of the recipient is made by majority vote of the TEA Past Presidents Committee and approved by the TEA International Board of Directors.

About the Themed Entertainment Association
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers, and producers of compelling places and experiences.

CONTACT:
Emily Mae Heller, Marketing & Branding Coordinator, BRC Imagination Arts (818)-841-8084







23 February 2014

TEA Summit 2014 Day One program: "Sourcing Solutions"

Pat MacKay, Summit co-chair
Sourcing Solutions:
Innovation happens 
at the intersection 
of Insight, Instinct, 
and Economics 

Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Summit Day One 
April 3, 2014
Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Resort

TEA Summit Day One: Executive Master Class (April 3) is for top-level executives, owners and operators. This event is nearly sold out. Reserve your tickets now.
Roberta Perry, Summit co-chair

Looking for information on Summit Day Two (April 4) - Thea Case Studies Day? Click here.

For information on the Thea Awards Gala (April 5), click here.

TEA Summit Day One schedule
7:45-8:45 am 
Continental Breakfast & Check-in

8:50 am 
Welcome with Summit Co-Chairs Pat MacKay & Roberta Perry


Jill Bensley
9:10am Kick-off session:
The $1.1 Trillion Market That You Need to Design For

Jill Bensley, JB Research
NormaLynn Cutler, CutlerEnterprises


They've done the research, have the numbers, and have a lot of product solutions to share for the next big market: Baby Boomers as grandparents - along with their children and grandchildren.

With over $1.1 Trillion of spending power annually the Baby Boomer Grandparents are the growth market. 

10:00am Peer Group Solutions
NormaLynn Cutler
with Linda Feinholz, consultant & business breakthrough specialist

Overworked and Overwhelmed? 
Finding yourself constantly facing the same dilemma, whether it's internal to your company or a specific client, or endemic to the industry? 

Let’s see if we can find a way out of the box. Linda's expertise is helping businesses identify what their goals are and how to go about getting where they want to be. We will be working with questions, topics and themes submitted by the attendees to develop new and fresh approaches to our standard operating procedures.

Linda Feinholz
Linda Feinholz, adviser to entrepreneurs, will lead the discussions toward solutions.

(Each person who signs up for Day One of the Summit receive an email asking them to contribute - anonymously - one nagging, gnawing, pressing business issue they'd like to be able to solve. The session leaders will tabulate the results looking for trends and come to the Summit with that information.)

11:00 am Coffee Break

11:15 am Hiring Right to build your team…and fit your style.
With Camille Jenkins, recruiting specialist
Your staff and their unique talents are your most important asset. Are you recruiting right? Are you fishing in the same pool of freelancers that everyone uses or are you hiring and training to keep your team fresh and unique?
Camille Jenkins
Drawing on her 20+ years of recruiting experience, Camille Jenkins will share wisdom and answer questions. She'll help TEA members identify their company’s point of differentiation - and how to hire to build your team to get the job ..and get the job done.

12:00 noon Lunch Buffet
Marty Sklar book signing (copies of “Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms” will be available to delegates)

1:05 pm What’s on the Horizon for the TEA!
TEA President Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions
Jennie Nevin, TEA COO


1:20 pm  
John Robinett

Market/Business Trends: 
The Life & Times of Global Attractions

Fragile 5, BRICs and MINTs: 

What the global economic news means to you and your business

China’s still busy. Latin America is bubbling around. The Middle East has come back strong. The economics experts from AECOM will break down the major market economic factors that are driving our industry - today and tomorrow.

John Robinett, Brian Sands, and Linda Cheu of AECOM will present.


2:30 pm Coffee Break

Cynthia Torres
2:45 pm Getting the most out of the US Department of Commerce/ International Trade Administration
Cynthia Torres, Team Leader of USDOC/ITA/CS-Los Angeles 
When you're part of a niche market like the Themed Entertainment Industry, negotiating through export.gov can be a daunting task. But ignore it at your peril! Get those credit references and run the
background checks before you head to meet with that foreign client. Learn about in-country support services to help you identify the players you should be meeting. Cynthia Torres demystifies who’s who and what they can help you with.


3:30 pm The Export-Import Bank
Marianne Hughes, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Exporting your services is what our government wants to help you do. Services create the US trade surplus. They are here to help. And did you know about their insurance policies? Ms. Hughes joined Ex-Im Bank in 2001; she focuses on working with exporting firms, financial institutions, and partners in the Los Angeles County area and the State of Arizona.

4:15 pm Coffee Break

Moises Cisneros
4:30 pm The Small Business Development Center’s International Trade Development program

Cisneros is retained by the Santa Monica Small Business Development Center to deliver business financial planning and global strategic mentoring to area companies. Recently, the Santa Monica College Office of Workforce & Economic Development also secured Cisneros to produce year round, high caliber business forums to educate entrepreneurs about innovative trends impacting their industries.

5:15pm Wrapup: 
Linda Feinholz returns to help us figure out what we learned what the next steps are for all of us.

5:45 pm Conclusion with Pat MacKay and Roberta Perry

6:00 pm No-host bar and great conversation in the foyer

Schedule: Thea Case Studies Day, April 4 - TEA Summit, Day Two



Garner Holt of Garner Holt Productions is the 2014 Buzz Price Thea lifetime honors recipient
Thea Case Studies Day
Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Resort
April 4, 2014 

Thea Case Studies Day is Day Two of the annual TEA Summit. It is a series of presentations showcasing the current slate of Thea Awards recipients, that will be honored on April 5 at the annual Thea Awards Gala. These events are organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).

Click here for more information
Click here to purchase tickets

7:45-8:25 am Continental Breakfast and check-in

8:30 - 8:50 am Welcome
TEA Summit Co-chairs Roberta Perry and Pat MacKay

8:50 - 9:00 am Bob Gurr Introduces Garner Holt

9:00-9:30 am Garner Holt, Garner Holt Productions

2014 recipient, Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements

THEA CASE STUDIES
9:40 - 10:10 am Polynesian Cultural Center
P. Alfred Grace, President & CEO, PCC
Pat Scanlon, PRS Associates - Project Producer
Mike Lee, MLD - Chief Designer & Art Director

The Song of an Angel
10:20 - 10:50 am De Vuurproef, Dutch Railway Museum (Het Sporwegmuseum)
Paul van Vlijmen, Director & & Evelien Pieterse Project Manager

11:00 - 11:30 am The Song of an Angel - Universal Studios Japan
Mike Davis, Executive Producer

11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Michael Jackson: ONE™ by Cirque du Soleil®
Welby Altidor, Director of Creation

12:10 - 1:10 pm LUNCH BREAK

Titanic Belfast
1:20 - 1:35 pm Revolution Tru-Trackless Ride System
Dave Mauck, Vice President & General Manager, Oceaneering
Bill Bunting, Manager Business Development, Oceaneering

1:40 - 1:50 pm Greetings from TEA Leadership
TEA President Christine Kerr and TEA COO Jennie Nevin


2:00 - 2:30 pm Carrousel des Mondes Marins 
(Marine Worlds Carousel): Les Machines de L'ile
Pierre Orefice, Director & Francois DeLaroziere Artistic Director

2:40 - 3:10 pm Titanic Belfast

Conal Harvey, Deputy Chairman
Tim Husbands, CEO

3:20 - 3:50 pm The Mind Museum
Maria Isabel Garcia, Curator

4:00 - 4:30 pm Gardens by the Bay
Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO 

4:40 - 5:10 pm Mystic Manor
presenter TBD

Joe Rohde
5:20 - 5:50 pm Enchanted Tales with Belle
presenter TBD

6:00 - 6:20 pm Wrapup of Case Studies Day
Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering

6:30 pm Summit concludes

Post-Summit mixer with the TEA Western Division
No host bar - everyone welcome - Location TBD