TEA Connect Blog

28 November 2017

TEA Member Spotlight: Bryan Boehme of Christie

Bryan Boehme is director of location based entertainment & events at Christie, and newly elected to the Western North America Division Board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Here, he shares more about what he calls the "TEA magic."

"I am honored to be a part of this very amazing group of professionals that is the TEA."

Since his first TEA Summit in 2008, Bryan Boehme has become a familiar presence at TEA events and an active participant within the association. His company, Christie, is very visible as a valued TEA Global Partner and supporter of numerous TEA events.

 

Tell us why supporting and being active within TEA is important to you and to Christie.

Partnering with TEA gives us exposure and a voice in the themed entertainment community, and it feels right – it’s a good fit with our goals and activities, and our company culture.

In 2006, Christie began the quest to make DLP 4K projection work within the most demanding situations in theme parks. The use of projection had become widespread in parks and attractions, and a number of our customers and system design partners were encouraging us to push further in terms of specialized options for this demanding application.

Jan Miller and Bryan Boehme of Christie,
attending the TEA SATE 2017 LA conference at CalArts

Listening directly to trusted integration partners and the end users’ needs provides Christie product managers the insights needed to succeed in an endeavor like this. The result is that Christie display products can be seen in world-class attractions all over the world, including major theme parks, museums and family entertainment experiences.  

Our first sponsorship of TEA was in 2008, at the TEA Summit, where Christie provided some projectors for sessions, and had a small display just outside the meeting hall. That was also my introduction to TEA. Bryan Hinckley and Chris Conte of Electrosonic had invited me to attend the TEA Summit and Thea Awards. I went, and I was hooked.

I was honored to be a part of this very amazing group of professionals, and I am pleased to say the relationship has given me pride ever since. Now we are a Global Partner and contribute to regional activities as well as international events.

 

How did you get your start as an AV professional?

Virginia Dwyer, Larry Howard and Bryan Boehme of Christie
at the Christie-sponsored TEA "Innovation in Technology" event
in Orlando (Sept 2017)

I have been in the audiovisual business for my entire professional career, from early days in the Midwest as a radio DJ, then on to California where I worked in television and post production as a technician. A significant career path change came in 1989 when I accepted a position to design and install post production editing suites in Hollywood. I found a calling in helping clients design complete AV systems to meet their needs and expand their ability to serve their customers.

I have never looked at what I do as sales, but as a service to those I work with to help them achieve solutions. In 1996, I was working for Hoffman Video Systems, collaborating on projects with teams designing some of the first digital projection solutions for a small themed attraction in Chicago. I enjoyed the work. I found that more clients wanted to use digital projection to tell their stories in all kinds of entertainment situations, and I began to see my way to a career in projection solutions.

Since joining Christie in 2002, I have been working for a manufacturer dedicated to the advancement of DLP projection in the professional space.

 

How did your experience at the TEA Summit in 2008 influence your approach to the industry?

All of us at Christie learned that listening and understanding the needs of the entertainment/attraction business would be key in successfully taking our company’s position in large scale experiences to the next level.

At my first TEA Summit in 2008, I was fascinated at how speakers shared stories of their experiences in creating some of the most amazing, innovative and varied projects. I was emotionally moved to hear storytellers, technical geniuses and others relate their struggles and successes. I was proud to hear about a few projects in which I knew we had taken part with our partners, and elated to see this level of recognition by the creative teams.  

What struck me most was how open and interested people were, offering one another advice and possible collaboration to help meet challenges and create better experiences. I was very pleased to have people ask me more about what I did and help me understand how we could participate and work in this organization, not just to be an “exhibitor” but true contributors.

Bryan Boehme and family

That week in the spring of 2008 made me want to know more about the TEA’s magic, and changed my view of how Christie and I participate in trade organizations in general.

I have instilled in my team the need to be a part of the organizations that make a difference in their specialized fields. I ask them to learn how to “contribute and serve” the members - and to be that servant first. For me, having been elected to serve on the TEA Western Division Board this year is a great honor, and I am looking forward to increasing my participation and support.

The key to learning is listening and understanding how a company like Christie can bring more to the dedicated professionals within the TEA. This is the right place for us to focus our attention. The benefits of true participation come from a genuine love for the people we come together with and help serve. I believe this philosophy has helped Christie grow in many areas and will be the key to our future success.

 

 

 

Posted by Judy Rubin

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