TEA Connect Blog

16 February 2018

TEA leaders gather in Rovaniemi, Finland for annual Strategic Planning Meeting

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) International Board, past presidents, COO, Division presidents, Committee chairs and other leadership meet annually for the Strategic Planning Meeting.

Brian Sands of AECOM, Nathan Jones of WhiteWater,
and TEA past president Pat Gallegos of Gallegos Lighting

The 2018 SPM was at Rovaniemi, Finland, 1-3 February.

The SPM consists of meetings, discussion, team building and goal setting to keep the association on track and moving forward and growing - in the long term and short term. 

TEA past presidents Rick Rothschild, Steve Birket, Pat Gallegos and Nick Farmer helped moderate the proceedings in addition to TEA founder Monty Lunde, and sitting international president David Willrich.

The meeting kicked off with a "state of the TEA" presentation by COO Jennie Nevin showing that TEA has grown dramatically in recent years and obtained a stable financial footing.

TEA COO Jennifer Nevin and
TEA international president David Willrich

Each of TEA's four geographic Divisions - Eastern North America, Western North America, Asia Pacific and Europe & Middle East - was represented at the meeting. 

The annual SPM is, in addition to being an opportunity to discuss the present and future of the organization, one of the first opportunities for newly elected members of the TEA International Board of Directors, and newly elected Division presidents, to jump in and get a feel for their roles and responsibilities and the culture and workings of TEA as a nonprofit membership association. 

Paul Kent of Electrosonic took charge of making the arrangements for the 2018 SPM in Finland, and deserves warm acknowledgement for his readiness and attention to detail.

Clockwise from left: TEA international president 
David Willrich, Paul Kent of Electrosonic,
Margreet Papamichael of AECOM, 
Klaus Sommer Paulsen of Adventurelab, 
Clara Rice of JRA, Brian Sands of AECOM,
Joanna del Moral of BRPH

Likewise, much appreciation is due to all the TEA leaders, who are for the most part volunteers, even at the Board level. 

These volunteers draw upon their own time and resources, and have the support of their companies, to fulfill their roles. In doing so, they have taken on the mantle of helping to uphold and further the mission and vision of TEA. We applaud them for their dedication and enthusiasm, and for making time to gain a full understanding of this serious task.

TEA depends very much on the passion and thoughtful application of such volunteers.

We also depend on sponsorship support, and much thanks is owed to the two sponsors for the 2018 TEA SPM, SantaPark and Lappset Creative.

Taking in the elves' point of view at SantaPark

The hospitality and support of these sponsors brought comfort, adventure and inspiration to the SPM, opening a window into this distinctive part of the world and its culture, and making the gathering into an Arctic-themed experience complete with glimpses of the Northern Lights and a visit to Santa Claus.

These elements combined to form a supportive environment for a meeting of the minds among some of the world's top themed entertainment professionals. 

Story by Judith Rubin.

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TEA SPM 2018 snowmobiling adventure and teambuilding exercise




Posted by Judy Rubin



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