Thursday, November 30, 2023

TEA Announces Arielle Rassel as New Chair of TEA NextGen Committee

ABOVE: At the TEA NextGen “Superheroes Breakfast” TEA Summit co-chair Roberta Perry of ETI (right) talks to NextGen member Tim Higley.

Burbank, CA, USA — The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced during its annual SATE conference (Sept 17-18) that Arielle Rassel would step up to chair the TEA NextGen Committee. Arielle Rassel is Associate Production Designer for Universal Creative. She will succeed outgoing chair Clara Rice, Director of Digital Engagement and Media Relations, Jack Rouse Associates.

Arielle_preferredArielle was a student member of TEA for several years and credits her connection with the TEA NextGen initiative as playing a major part in helping establish her career. Her report of those experiences in this article for InPark Magazine is an excellent chronicle of what a talented and motivated person can do when aided by the resources of the Themed Entertainment Association.

“I’m excited and honored to be taking up the torch for NextGen – an initiative that played a big role in my own career, and that saw tremendous growth under Clara Rice’s great leadership,” said Arielle Rassel. “The TEA organization is warmly welcoming to new talent in its NextGen outreach. I look forward to helping the industry’s future leaders find their footing, much in the way the program helped me find mine.”

Click here to learn about Arielle’s background and her TEA NextGen experiences.

TEA offers warm congratulations to Arielle Rassel on her new volunteer chairmanship, and heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Clara Rice for her dedicated service and the many improvements and expansions she oversaw during her tenure. TEA is also grateful to the employers of its volunteers for allowing them to share their time and energy.

About TEA NextGen

The NextGen Initiative of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) helps students and recent graduates find their way into the themed entertainment/visitor attractions industry and facilitates TEA member companies’ ability to recruit from this fresh talent pool.

Resources and benefits available to TEA NextGen members help them find internships, mentors and jobs. Professional development opportunities include GibGab speed networking, TEA Talks webinars, other educational sessions and access to TEA conferences, mixers and behind-the-scenes events.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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