Sunday, March 17, 2013

TEA's Weekend of Events: Come. Be inspired - Join the conversation and celebration.

Welcome to the online information hub of the 2013 TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala, which will take place 4-6 April 2013 at the Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim California, USA. This Weekend of Events kicks off TEA's 2013 Signature Events Calendar. All pertinent information about schedule, program, speakers, awardees, sponsors and registration will appear here.

Register and buy tickets at the TEA Box Office.  

Christine Kerr, TEA President
TEA's Weekend of Events
4-6 April 2013
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim USA

  • Master Classes for executives, April 4
  • Thea Case Studies Day, April 5
  • Thea Awards Gala presented by AECOM, April 6
  • TEA NextGen Activities

Thea Awards Gala presented by AECOM, evening of April 6
 "The Oscars of the attractions industry"
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim Calif. USA
Gala producer: Patrick Roberge Productions
TEA event producer: Kathy Oliver   
The 2013 Thea Awards recipients have been announced.

Established 19 years ago, the industry’s annual Thea Awards bring the themed entertainment community together to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements. The Thea Classic Award recognizes the longevity of classic attractions such as the first awardee, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and the 2012 awardee Puy du Fou Park in France.

The Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements annually recognizes an industry icon who has championed the globally infectious passion and dedication in our industry. From the first lifetime recognition given to Buzz Price in 1994, to Marty Sklar, Kim Irvine (the first woman recipient), Bob Rogers, Bob Ward, Mark Fuller, (etc.) to 2013’s Frank Stanek, the Buzz Price Thea Award honors the extraordinary accomplishments of these daring creative visionaries.

Traditionally attended by 500+ decision makers from around the globe, the awards gala begins with an extraordinary networking reception. Dinner in the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom precedes the presentation of the Awards for Outstanding Achievement along with recognition of the Buzz Price Thea Award and the Classic Award. Continuing the celebration, dessert and coffee are served immediately following the awards presentations in the foyer outside of the ballroom allowing for additional time to network and congratulate recipients.

Pat MacKay

Roberta Perry
TEA’s Annual Summit presented by Christie Digital
Co-chaired by:

Roberta Perry of ETI
Pat MacKay of Ones&ZerosMedia

Master Class for executives, 
April 4
A limited-seating, master’s session for executives from our global member companies. Discussions include valuable strategies for successful ideation, execution, production and financial management. The Master Class sessions are intimate, informative, and specifically focused on doing business within our industry. This year’s Master Class keynote speaker is Matthew Ouimet,President and CEO of Cedar Fair

Thea Case Studies Day, April 5
Case Studies Day brings together this year’s international Thea Award recipients to share the insights and issues critical to the success of their projects. Attendees receive an in-depth look into the projects receiving Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Traditionally attended by 140 or more, this is a day of learning, information exchange, networking and sharing of ideas and solutions. With many students joining experienced industry professionals, Thea Case Studies Day is also a key opportunity to welcome, educate and introduce the next generation of thought leaders and creative talent. Keynote speaker for Case Studies Day is Frank Stanek of Stanek Global Advisors.

NextGen Activities
NextGen activities at the Summit/Thea’s Weekend of Events will include a “Breakfast of TEA Champions” on Saturday morning April 6th. Industry veterans will be addressing TEA NextGen members in an intimate setting allowing for individual career path discussions and Q & A.

Through its NextGen Initiative TEA has an ongoing and multifaceted outreach program supporting and encouraging the next generation of industry leaders. It has implemented educational outreach programs with schools such as UCLA, Carnegie Mellon and Savannah College of Art and Design in order to pass along the wisdom and experience of industry veterans. TEA NextGen members represent more than 70 schools around the world. Students and young professionals from around the world are awarded scholarships to participate in the TEA’s exceptional educational and networking conferences that often prove to be life-changing.

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is the international non-profit
Kathy Oliver, TEA events producer/sponsor chair
association representing the world's leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences, worldwide.

TEA’s signature events are a vital part of the purpose of the association. They provide networking, education and, dare we use the word, compelling experiences! April 4-6 kicks off the TEA’s 2013 calendar of international events with the two-day Summit conference and the Thea Awards Gala presented by AECOM, and new this year, expanded NextGen activities.

TEA Executive Director Gene Jeffers
These are unique and important gatherings, bringing together our entire industry from top decision makers to the Next Generation of creative talent. Every 2012 Signature Event last year enjoyed record-setting attendance. We anticipate participation and attendance in 2013 to continue to grow. From the two day TEA Summit conference through the closing reception of the Thea Awards Gala, TEA’s Weekend of Events should not be missed.

Register and buy tickets at the TEA Box Office.