Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Dave Clare Joins Hettema Group as Project Director

Pasadena, CA, USA — The Hettema Group is proud to announce that Dave Clare has joined the group as Project Director.  An exceptionally talented operations and production executive in themed entertainment, museums, and retail destinations throughout the world, Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Hettema team.

“As we head into production and installation of One World Observatory at the World Trade Center in New York, Dave’s skill set will be invaluable,” said founder, Phil Hettema, “as well as for our ongoing projects in Asia and the U.S.”

After running Walt Disney Imagineering Production Operations for many years, in the “MAPO” building and Tujunga facilities, Dave spent several years on the Sony Development team, producing location based entertainment destinations in San Francisco, Germany and Japan.  Apple Computer subsequently hired Dave to lead the fabrication and installation of all Apple retail stores during their first year roll-out.

As founder of Claro Creative Studios, Dave led the production and installation of numerous museum exhibits and children’s play spaces throughout the U.S., including the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, WA, the children’s garden at Longwood Gardens in Delaware, and the Kohl Children’s Museum in Chicago.

While COO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Dave was responsible for operations, expansion plans and the construction of the US Patent and Trade Mark Office Museum in Alexandria, VA.  At KHS&S Dave headed up Global Procurement, supporting production and installation on several attractions and special events at Hong Kong Disney.

Dave earned his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Leicester Polytechnic in England, and his MBA from Pepperdine University in California.


Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleimanhttp://wwww.themedreality.com
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, ThemedReality.com 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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