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08 March 2022

Networking with Board Members - Part 1

Networking with Board Members, part one in a series of board member networking events, was hosted by the Western Division on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. This session involved leaders from theme parks and film studios and was lots of fun. It was probably the closest thing to in-person networking via video call possible… a virtual tango and lively exchange filled with words of wisdom, shop talk and insight on how studios move projects from concept to development.

Industry leaders Jeanette Lomboy, Vice President, Site Portfolio Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, Eric Nix, Creative Producer at Knott’s Berry Farm, Stephen Siercks, Senior Director, Entertainment Production at Universal Studios Hollywood, Jamie Hamlin, Director, Global Themed Entertainment at Warner Bros., and Gene Rogers, Vice President, Global Live and Location-Based Entertainment at Lionsgate answered questions from a gracious group of attendees.  

Emerging talent and seasoned professionals engaged with board members who rotated between five virtual rooms. Some attendees were seeking inspiration on ways to reenter the industry, and others how to get a foot in the door. One guest, Dennis Tanida, has worked in themed entertainment for 40 years. Students from SCAD, CalArts, Bryn Mawr College, Otis College of Art and Design, San Jose State University mingled with industry writers, performers, show directors, creative producers, audio engineers, production designers, marketing and communications specialists, mechanical and electrical engineers, architects, and designers. 

Board members offered thoughts on career transition philosophies, and offered insight on emerging roles that will support new industry initiatives. Gene Rodgers shared the importance of building skills that you can apply later in your career, and Jeanette Lomboy shared how failure can lead to success. Jamie Hamlin spoke on her background in live entertainment that led her to Warner Brothers. Eric Nix discussed the advantages of working with existing IP and original narratives - that restrictions and creative freedom can lead to innovation, and risk can be rewarding. Somewhere between talk about the Wizarding World and Halloween Horror Nights, Steven Siercks’ kiddo made a surprise appearance. This unscripted moment demonstrated the value of embracing curiosity and personal connection.  Look for upcoming Networking With Board Members from the Western Division, coming this year!

Written By: Justin Stucey

Special thanks to TEA Western Division Communications Committee Members, Stefan Lawrence EventBrite graphic;  Avery Matteo pre-event social content writer; Jon Bryan Salvador post-event social content writer; Lisa Jey Schanley pre-event social media graphics;  Sabrina Hibben/Lisa Jey Schanley post-event social media graphics;  and to Justin Stucey, article writer.





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