Monday, April 15, 2024

TEA’s new executive director: Lindsey Nelson, CAE

The International Board of Directors for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has selected Lindsey Nelson, CAE to serve as the next Executive Director. The Board of Directors selected Nelson following a 6-month comprehensive global search, led by a team of current and former Board leaders focused on bringing a global perspective to the search process. 

Lindsey brings to the TEA a depth of knowledge and experience of association management and demonstrated results of transforming organizations and growing revenues, most recently as Vice President of Operations with United Benefit Advisors (UBA). Lindsey has extensive experience leading strategic and operational initiatives and planning, and a history of growth through strategic industry partnerships. 

“Lindsey is a positive and transparent leader, with a strong strategic focus that will help the TEA continue to transform and expand globally. Lindsey’s authentic approach to leadership and service to members was immediately apparent,” said TEA’s International Board President, Chuck Fawcett. “This is an exciting time for the TEA as we are well-positioned to grow and expand our global outreach to better serve our diverse membership. Lindsey is the right leader, at the right time to get the job done!”

In her role, Lindsey will oversee day-to-day operations for the TEA staff. Lindsey will collaborate with the International Board to develop and implement a strategic framework that will allow the TEA to continue to connect members in meaningful ways. Lindsey will build relationships with members, sponsors, Divisional Boards, committees, task forces, staff, and key affiliate partners as well as streamline operational processes, and bring new and innovative ideas to build a stronger TEA for the future.

“I am honored to be selected as TEA’s Executive Director and engage with an industry so full of creativity, innovation, and imagination,” said Lindsey. “I have a passion for fostering a positive, collaborative and inclusive organizational culture, and I am looking forward to meeting the members at our upcoming global and digital events.”

Prior to UBA, Lindsey spent seven years with the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) where she served as the Vice President, Program & Services as well as Executive Director, Development and NAMA Foundation where she led a groundbreaking capital campaign and oversaw the execution of the deliverables back to the sponsors and partners. She also served as Executive Director at Association Development Solutions prior to joining NAMA. Lindsey will assume the role as of June 7, 2021.

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