Wednesday, September 28, 2022

PGAV executives & designers address industry gatherings about destination attractions

Upcoming speaking engagements include:
Ned Diestelkamp, Vice President, will moderate a panel session entitled “Higher Value Merchandise Equals Higher Profits” at the November 14-18, 2011 Expo of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

Tom Owen, Vice President, will be the Keynote Speaker to discuss “Planning the Future of Museums” at the February 9, 2012 annual meeting of the Association of Science Museum Directors.

St. Louis, Missouri, USA – PGAV Destinations, a global leader in the planning and design of entertainment and cultural destinations, announces a busy schedule of speaking engagements around the country. Drawing on international experience and creative resources, PGAV executives speak to current management and economic issues in the tourism industry:

John Kemper, Vice President, recently presented at the national conference of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). He participated in a panel discussion entitled “Project Contracting: When It Absolutely Has to Be Done Overnight… and Correctly…and on Budget!”

Al Cross, Vice President, presented at the September 2011 Themed Entertainment Association’s SATE (Storytelling/Architecture/Technology/Experience) Conference. He was a speaker in the panel session entitled “The Architecture of Engagement.”

Mariusz Bleszynski, Project Manager, presented at the October 2011 annual Aquarium & Zoo Facilities Association (AZFA) meeting. His topic was “Exhibit Pool System Selection with a focus on Watertight Shotcrete Pool Construction.”

Tom Owen, Vice President, presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Museums (AAM). He participated in a panel session entitled “All Hands on Deck: Getting Visitors involved in the Work of the Museum.”

Mike Konzen, Principal, presented at the October 2011 Marketing Outlook Forum, the conference of the US Travel Association. Konzen was a leader in the panel session entitled “New Business Models for Marketing Attractions.”

Stacey Tarpley, Zoological Designer, presented at the 10th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE) in a panel session entitled “Building Enriched Environments through Design Collaboration.”

About PGAV Destinations 

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. The firm uniquely combines award-winning storytelling and creativity with business strategy to create some of the world’s most important cultural, heritage, and natural destinations. PGAV develops growth-oriented master plans and translates these plans into innovative new destination products. Now in its fifth decade, the firm has authored hundreds of highly successful projects in places such as SeaWorld, the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, The Gettysburg Battlefield, the Georgia Aquarium, Kennedy Space Center, and Busch Gardens.

Judith Rubin
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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