Saturday, December 9, 2023

Where to Find the TEA at IAAPA Attractions Expo (Mixers, Meetings, and More!)



photo: Phil Hartley
photo: Phil Hartley

Tuesday, Nov 19
Thea Awards Announcement
2:00 pm – TEA booth #1355
Join us for the first public announcement concerning the new slate of Thea Awards recipients who have been named to receive honors at the 2014 Thea Awards Gala (April 5 at Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim) 

TEA International Mixer, 6:30-9:00 pm
KINGS Orlando, 8255 International Drive, Suite 120, Orlando 32819
(Located on I-Drive behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not! And Charley’s Steakhouse. Enter from I-Drive or Universal Boulevard.)
No RSVP required – All welcome

Free admission, complimentary appetizers, drink tickets, specially priced beverages and discounts for bowling! – All provided through the generosity of sponsors:ThemeWorksAECOMPhilip Hartley Associates LtdD J Willrich Ltd, and Color Reflections Las Vegas.

Wednesday, Nov 20
TEA Members meeting, 8:30-9:30 am
Orange Cty Convention Center, room S310A
All members encouraged to attend – includes coffee and light breakfast


1174801_516856625065392_736550923_nNextGen Excursion – (SOLD OUT)
SeaWorld – meet at front gate at 10:30 am

Thursday, Nov. 21
TEA Team – IAAPA 5K run/1K walk for Give Kids The World
7:30 am – 9:00 am
Give Kids The World Village
210 South Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Cost:  $20 Team Registration to Run/Walk / Optional Donation welcomed!
Join the TEA Team for the ‘IAAPA Footprints of the Heart 5k’ – an event that sponsors Give Kids The World. Everyone is encouraged to run, or walk, or just donate to this worthy organization! (All levels of participation welcomed!) This will be the second time TEA has organized a team for this event and in 2012 TEA took home the TOP Team Fundraiser Award! The goal of this charity event is to raise funds for Give Kids The World, a non-profit that exists solely to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

TEA panel, 9:00 am
Planning new capital projects for your facility
Orange County Convention Center, room S310GH 
This session is moderated by TEA presidentChristine Kerr of BaAM Productions and features reps from TEA member companies: Steve Rhys(Forrec), Anthony Esparza (Herschend Family Entertainment), and Mark Dvorchak (Pro Forma Advisors), joined by Jeff Strickland from Playland in Vancouver. 


TEA panel, 3:30 pm
Future Legends of the Industry
Orange County Convention Center, room S330AB 
With Christian Lachel (BRC Imagination Arts), Denise Weston (Apptivations),Joseph Schmelzeis (SEGA), Kathleen Cohen (National Constitution Center), and Robert Cortelyou (NBC Universal). 

Friday, Nov 22
Ladies of the TEA networking breakfast
8:00 am – 9:45 am, Orange Cty Convention Ctr room S310A  
Includes Working in the world of themed entertainment: opportunities & barriers for women in the industry. Panel discussion moderated by Christine Kerr.
No charge, but RSVP is required:

Bob Rogers and Marty Sklar. Courtesy BRC Imagination Arts
Bob Rogers and Marty Sklar. Courtesy BRC Imagination Arts

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Wed, Nov 20
Legends and their legacies panel
3:30-4:45 pm, Orange Cty Convention Ctr room S330FGH
With Bob Rogers (BRC founder), Marty Sklar(Disney legend), Jack Lindquist (Walt Disney Company, retired), Lee Cockerell (Walt Disney World exec VP, retired) and others.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
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, 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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