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14 February 2017

Meet the 2017 TEA Summit Co-Chairs and learn about the Day One sessions

The annual Summit & Thea Awards Gala of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) unite the international leisure attractions community.

The 2017 Summit takes place April 20-21, with the Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong Group the following evening, April 22. They are ticketed events, held at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. 


TEA President
David Willrich

HIGHLIGHTS - Summit Day One 


The TEA Summit is a vital gathering for business networking, dialog, professional development and the celebration of excellence in our field.

Hashtags: #TEAsummit, #TEAtheas   Thea Awards press release with names and descriptions

Co-chairs, TEA Summit Day One (April 20)

Christine Kerr

Christine Kerr, Vice President, BaAM Productions; Past President of TEA

If there’s one thing that Christine sees more clearly than ever, it’s the links between categories that once seemed so far apart: themed entertainment and professional sports; for-profit and not-for-profit; the visitor experience and the user experience. During a career that has spanned multiple industries (and a couple of continents), Christine acquired this insight serving as “client/owner/operator” in world-class theme parks and attractions as well as “consultant/producer” at BaAM. It's an attitude that has served Christine well over her varied career, as well as in her various roles with TEA, which include service on the International Board, Past President and chair of the Education Committee.


Joanna Del Moral

Joanna Del Moral, Director Business Development, Leisure Services, BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc.

"Themed entertainment gives us the opportunity to engage with creative clients and work alongside an array of consultants and fellow designers in an ever changing industry," says Joanna Del Moral. She has been a dedicated and active volunteer within TEA for several years in numerous leadership positions, and an upbeat presence at the many events she attends and helps organize. She currently serves on the TEA International Board and in TEA's Marketing & Communications Committee. She specializes in positioning BRPH for the next great design opportunity.This is Joanna's second year serving as co-chair of TEA Summit Day One - welcome back! 




Steve Birket

Steve Birket PE, VP Birket Engineering, Immediate Past President of the TEA International Board 

Starting in Walt Disney World Entertainment three months after his 16th birthday, Steve Birket has worked as a performer, engineer, and manager for the Walt Disney Company and Universal Creative, and in the themed entertainment industry ever since. Steve holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a MBA from Rollins College, and is a life-long central Florida resident.


Kile Ozier

Kile Ozier - Experience Architect 

Director, Creative Producer and Writer, Ozier has the ability to tell a story with powerful emotional connection, consistently delivering shows that resonate in the memories of his audiences. From producing Visits of Heads of State, Fleet Weeks, Inaugurals and Civic Ceremonies to massive spectacle at the National level; Ozier has built a body of work in stadiums, theme parks & theaters on several continents. Projects include 2012 Dubai National Day, Yas Waterworld Opening (2013) and, for BRC Imagination Arts, a portfolio of work in Dubai including Dubail Parks, The Beach, the Dubai Eye and Jumeirah Cove. His iBook, "IMHO: Creating Compelling Experience" is free via iTunes.


Co-chairs, TEA Summit Day Two - Thea Case Studies Day (April 21)

Roberta Perry

Roberta Perry – VP Business Development, Edwards Technologies, Inc. (ETI) & Fresh Juice Global
Roberta has worked with such global brands as Universal Studios, Universal City Walk, 20th Century Fox, Cirque du Soleil, US Navy, Coca-Cola, Dick Clark American Bandstand Restaurants and Driscoll Berries. She is a past president of the TEA, and has served as chair of the International Nightclub and Bar Association, on the Board of the National Restaurant Association Marketing Executives Group and NFL Sunday Ticket Advisory Board. Business events where she has been a speaker include IAAPA, ULI, Themed Restaurants, Entertainment Retail, Leisure Expo, TiLE, World Gaming Congress, Nightclub & Bar conferences and POPAI (Global Association for Marketing at Retail) which honored her with the 2015 “Andrea Martin Volunteer of the Year Award.”


Pat MacKay

Pat MacKay, Ones&ZerosMedia 

Pat MacKay was founder of the publishing entity that produced TCI and Lighting Dimensions (now Live Design), and the LDI trade show. She immediately recognized and acted on mutual interests between her group and TEA, upon TEA's founding in 1991. Her activities included organizing workshops and events such as Themed Entertainment Weekends and Women in Technology meetings that helped focus attention on key issues and trends, and foster industry leadership. In the 1990s, she joined the TEA Thea Awards Committee and served almost continuously through 2014. In 2012 she became a co-chair of the annual TEA Summit conference. Pat was elected Fellow of the USITT in 1985, received LDI’s Life in Light award in 2007, and was honored in 2015 with the TEA Distinguished Service Award.


More about the TEA Summit

TEA Summit Day One (April 20) - TEA members only

TEA Summit Day One is a business-to-business discussion of industry issues and trends. Only current TEA members may attend Summit Day One, which tends to attract top executives interested in the larger industry picture. TEA Summit Day One features:


Jeremy Railton

Keynote conversation with lifetime honoree Jeremy Railton

The 2017 recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements is Jeremy Railton, Founder/Chairman, Entertainment Design Corp. Conversation moderator: Roberta Perry. Jeremy is celebrated by his peers for his pioneering design work in multiple entertainment sectors that include architectural projects, themed attractions, theatre, cinema, broadcast, live concerts, retail entertainment and large-scale, international events. Jeremy has been honored with four Emmy Awards and worked on five Thea-awarded projects during his illustrious career. 


WaterWorld: A Live Sea War Spectacular at Universal Studios Hollywood
is receiving the Thea Classic Award and will be showcased
in a featured presentation at TEA Summit Day One, April 20, 2017

Showcase of Thea Classic Award recipient WaterWorld: A Live Sea War Spectacular - Universal Studios Hollywood

The Thea Classic Award is given to a project that has stood the test of time - 25 years or longer. Project owner representatives and creatives will talk about the making of WaterWorld: A Live Sea War Spectacular and its enduring appeal and legacy. 



Members of the AECOM team from the 2016 TEA Summit:
John Robinett, Linda Cheu, Margreet Papamichael, Brian Sands

AECOM Global Market Forecast

"The Industry by the Numbers" is presented by top economics specialist AECOM with key members of the team that produce the annual TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index. AECOM is a longstanding valued partner to TEA.


"The Elephant in the Room"

Peer discussion on controversial industry topics that arise in the course of doing business in our global industry and evolving professional culture, with special guest speakers. This popular session was introduced at the 2016 TEA Summit and its organizers, TEA Immediate Past President Steve Birket of Birket Engineering and Kile Ozier (profiled above), are returning for another round with new topics and presenters, including Olympic medalist, author and activist Greg Louganis.




TECHNOLOGY PANEL moderated by TEA founder Monty Lunde, Technifex


TEA Summit Day Two is devoted to showcasing the Thea Awards recipients set to be honored the next day at the Thea Awards Gala. Project owners and creatives share highlights and special challenges of the making of some of most compelling, recent visitor attractions in the world. Case Studies Day is open to a broad industry audience including TEA members, TEA NextGen members (student and academic), non-members and the press. This event offers invaluable networking opportunities. Co-chairs are Roberta Perry of ETI and Pat MacKay of Ones&ZerosMedia (profiled above). DETAILS OF DAY TWO WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.


Jennie Nevin,
Chief Operating Officer,

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