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 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.”
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.