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03 February 2014

Report & photos from TEA Strategic Planning Meeting 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) held its strategic planning meeting for 2014 Jan 23-24 at the Globe Theater, Universal Studios Hollywood. TEA president Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions was in her second and final term as TEA president to be completed in November. Among the milestones Kerr recounted at the meeting were effecting the transition to a new COO of the association, putting the development of TEA's new website into motion, the growth of the TEA NextGen initiative and enhanced collaborations with IAAPA.

It was the first such meeting for TEA's new COO Jennie Nevin, who replaced outgoing executive director Gene Jeffers, who retired at the end of 2013. "Jennie has top financial skills and association experience," said Christine Kerr. "Her joining us is a big win for TEA." January 21, 2014 was Nevin's 90-day benchmark on the job at TEA. In her opening talk to the group, Nevin said that communications and member services are a high priority along with the formation and implementation of effective, standard operating procedures. 

The annual Strategic Planning meeting is a gathering of TEA leadership - the International Board President, the COO, the International Board, the Division Board presidents (Eastern North America, Western North America, Europe & Middle East, and Asia Pacific), TEA past presidents and TEA staff. Some of the leaders have been with TEA since its founding in 1991 - including people who were active in the founding itself. They have provided valuable continuity as the association has grown and expanded internationally over more than two decades. "One of the most impressive things to me about this organization," said Nevin, "is the immense amount of volunteer contribution and dedication - the personal resources and teamwork that volunteers provide. It's clear that the very existence of TEA is due to its robust international board structure and volunteer culture."

Photos: Graeme Baker

Posted by Judith Rubin

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