07 February 2014

AECOM's Robinett, Sands & Cheu look at current and future market/business trends - TEA Summit, April 3

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.


Presenters: John W. Robinett, Senior Vice President – Economics AECOM
Brian Sands, Vice President – Economics AECOM
Linda Cheu, Vice President – Cultural Facilities AECOM

John Robinett, AECOM Senior Vice President - Economics, has had a 25-year career in the leisure, entertainment, and real estate industries. His responsibilities include oversight of the firm's museum and cultural attractions practice, and management of a variety of assignments in the attractions, resorts, cultural, and entertainment retail areas.

Over his decades of history in the business, John has consulted to many of the leisure and entertainment industry's leading companies, U.S. and foreign governments, major cultural and financial institutions, and golf, hotel, and real estate developers.He has directed assignments for The Walt Disney Company, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Whitney Museum, the University of Texas, Warner Bros., Bear Stearns, LEGO, The Tussaud's Group, NASA, Universal Studios, and numerous others.

Brian Sands, Vice President – Economics with AECOM, has worked on assignments in the real estate industry all of the globe for over two decades, with particular expertise in the areas of leisure/cultural facilities and mixed-use projects as well as public/private development solicitation and proposal evaluation/negotiation.

Clients include developers and financiers as well as not-for-profits and public agencies. Studies typically involve site and concept review, market research, program and phasing recommendations, demand and financial forecasting, and economic/fiscal impact analysis. Currently managing numerous ongoing studies, including related to the following leisure/cultural facilities: $250 mill. New York Aquarium renovation and expansion; $150 mill. resort/attraction expansion in Brazil; Zoo Miami Entertainment Area (supporting Miami-Dade County in negotiations with 20th Century Fox for their $930 mill. proposal); $160 mill. new Clearwater Marine Aquarium; supporting design monitoring of the Observation Deck at One World Observatory at the World Trade Center, NYC (previously supported proposal evaluations/negotiations); and business planning support for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, NYC.

Linda Cheu joined AECOM Economics (formerly Economics Research Associates) over 15 years ago and is a leader in the company’s cultural facilities practice group, advising both non-profit organizations and government clients on the development, expansion, and operations of wide variety of museums, art centers, multi-tenant cultural facilities, and performing arts centers. Ms. Cheu’s services for cultural facilities include:
  • Business planning
  • Development of operational and governance plans
  • Earned income strategies
  • Market-based concept development, attendance and audience analysis
  • Facility usage projections and estimates of physical planning parameters
  • Revenue projections, and gap analysis
Ms. Cheu works frequently on teams with sub-consultants such as cost estimators, exhibit designers, and/or architects to conduct this work, and also is experienced in conducting community workshops, focused groups interviews, and one-on-one meetings in order to develop preliminary concepts and needs assessments. She has extensive experience brokering multiple interests where the official client is the public agency, but there is a secondary stakeholder group such as an art commission, steering group,or coalition of non-profit cultural facilities.

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.

Day One (April 3) of the 2-day Summit is a limited-seating Executive Master Class.
Day Two - Thea Case Studies (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.