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KidZania Chief Experience Officer Mark Snell to speak at premier international Experience Design conference SATE 2012 in Paris Sept 19-21


SATE is the Themed Entertainment Association’s signature creative conference dedicated to the art of Experience Design. SATE 2012 will be held at Disney’s Newport Bay Club® hotel, at Disneyland Paris Resort. 

Click here to see the complete SATE 2012 conference program. 

D. Mark Snell
Chief Experience Officer – KidZania

Mark has worked in the Entertainment, Marketing and Education Industries for over 28 years. He is currently the Chief Experience Officer for KidZania, creating, managing and improving role-playing, creative-learning experiences for children and their families in 11 global locations.

He began his college career in pre-med after doing relief work with dentists in his childhood home in Trinidad. This was perhaps the first “transformational experience” he encountered and he wanted to learn how to make that happen. Working through his pre-med courses, he felt himself constantly drawn to the theatre department. He was intrigued by the transformational power of an immersive experience, a well-told story, and he eventually changed his major to theatre, receiving a BFA and MFA in set design (eventually, his parents forgave him for switching from Pre-Med to Theatre).

He now works on a much broader scale than those early days in theatre, but he still strives for that same sense of wonder and immersion, a transformative experience for his audience. He sees his work as a unique way to make the world a better place, or better yet, to make people want to make the world a better place, to crave beauty and authenticity. Mark is a student of culture, theatre, architecture, music, art and design; of processes, of history, of why people do what they do, of technology and how things work. He uses his insight to create all aspects of a total experience that can be measured and improved, pre- during and post-visit.

Working in Theme Parks, Experiential Marketing, Education, Museums, Executive Briefing Centers, Trade Shows, Live Events, Location Based Entertainment, Product Launches, Corporate Meetings, Theatre and Visitor Centers, Mark has been privileged to help create transformational experiences for some of the most prestigious brands in the world. These include: Accenture, Anheuser Busch, The Boston Celtics, CNN, CVS, Dell, Dunkin Brands, Fox Studios, General Motors, Gillette, Hershey, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, JP Morgan, KidZania, LEGO, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Medco Health Solutions, Merrill Lynch, Monster, Scholastic, Sea World, Six Flags, Sodexho, Sprint, Staples, Texas Instruments, Universal, Volkswagen, Volvo Trucks and Walt Disney.

Related article: KidZania opens company’s largest facility, in Mexico City

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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