Thursday, January 27, 2022

Jeff Havlik and Diane Lochner Promoted to Vice President Positions at PGAV Destinations

[quote]Both Diane and Jeff have been tremendous leaders for a very long time at PGAV.  They bring an incredible amount of industry insight, passion, and personality to every single project and client. We know they’ll have an even greater platform from which to benefit our clients and the industry in their new positions.” — Mike Konzen, principal and chair at PGAV Destinations[/quote]

St. Louis, MO, USA — PGAV Destinations senior project manager and attraction designer Jeff Havlik and project manager Diane Lochner have been promoted to vice presidents at the St. Louis-based design firm.

In their new positions, Mr. Havlik and Mrs. Lochner will provide exceptional leadership in the theme and water park and culture, heritage, and tourism sectors, respectively, and will work to develop innovative systems that deliver better designs more efficiently for their clients.

Jeff Havlik
Jeff Havlik

“It’s really a great opportunity to be a more integral part of PGAV’s future success, and to serve as a role model and mentor for the company’s other destination designers,” said Lochner. “And an ideal position to really help sculpt the culture of the company in the best direction possible and to develop better, long-term relationships with our clients,” echoed Havlik.

Having been with PGAV for eight years, Lochner’s destination consulting work can be found throughout SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the developing Patriot’s Point in South Carolina, and many others. Havlik recently completed his 29th year with PGAV Destinations, and has left his mark on countless iconic destinations around the world, including SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, Guinness record-setting Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Port Aventura and Isla Magica in Spain, Six Flags Great Adventure, and both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Tampa.

Diane Lochner
Diane Lochner

A native of St. Louis, Lochner currently serves on the Corporate Council of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Previously she has served with the St. Louis County Port Authority, the City of Ladue Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Knowlton School Campaign Committee at The Ohio State University. She holds a bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas and masters of Architecture from The Ohio State University, and is a registered architect in Missouri and Illinois. She is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB), and an active member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and The International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA).

Havlik holds a bachelors of Science and bachelors of Architecture from Ball State University, and is a registered architect in both Missouri and Indiana. He is currently a member of IAAPA, The World Waterpark Association (WWA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Shaw Place Neighborhood Association.

Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, 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 has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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