Thursday, January 31, 2013

Disney Legend and TEA Lifetime honoree Marty Sklar leads peer discussion at annual executive summit for themed entertainment industry, April 4, 2013 in Anaheim

Press release: 
Marty Sklar leads
peer discussion
at TEA's annual 
leadership event for 
themed entertainment execs.
April 4, 2013.
Disneyland Hotel
More info: teaconnect.org 

The TEA Summit is the annual executive leadership event of the Themed Entertainment Association, and Disney Legend Marty Sklar is one of the top voices in the realm. Following on the "Leading People and Innovation" theme set by Cedar Fair president Matt Ouimet, who will deliver the keynote address for the Summit, Marty Sklar helms a discussion about hiring to assemble an innovations team for companies of all sizes. How do you know who’s got the Right Stuff? What is the best way to mentor interns and entry level staff? At 11:20 am on Thursday, April 4.

The TEA Summit is a 2-day event (April 4-5) and is part of the Themed Entertainment Association's annual Weekend of Events, which also includes the Thea Awards Gala (April 6). It takes place at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. USA. Registration is now open.

Day One of the TEA Summit is a ticketed, limited-seating, executive level conference. Day Two is Thea Case Studies Day and is open to a wider audience.

More about Marty Sklar
Marty Sklar is head of Marty Sklar Creative. His most recent prior position was The Walt Disney Company's International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering, the subsidiary of the company that designs and constructs the Disney theme parks and resorts across the world. Sklar was formerly vice president of concepts and planning for the company, before being promoted to president, and then eventually taking the position of vice chairman and principal creative executive of the company before his final role. The company honored him with a window dedication ceremony on his date of retirement, July 17, 2009. 

With official Disney Legend status since 2001 and an early recipient of the TEA’s Thea Award for lifetime achievement, Marty continues advising projects in the themed entertainment industry. Marty’s tales of his times with Disney will be published later this year.

Additional info:
Wikipedia page for Marty Sklar


More about the TEA Summit, the Thea Awards 
and the Themed Entertainment Association

TEA’s Annual Summit
Summit Day One, April 4

Chair: Pat MacKay of Ones and Zeros
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. Summit Day One is intimate, informative, and specifically focused on doing business within our industry. This year’s keynote speaker for Summit Day One is Matthew Ouimet,President and CEO of Cedar Fair.

Thea Case Studies Day
Summit Day Two, April 5

Chair: Roberta Perry of ETI. 
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 for Case Studies Day will be Frank Stanek of Stanek Global Advisors.


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.
About TEA
The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit alliance founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, Calif. Some 850 TEA members represent roughly 7,500 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working in 30 US states and 40 different countries. TEA presents the annual Thea Awards and the TEA Summit and hosts the annual SATE Conference (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience). TEA also produces a variety of print and electronic publications, including the TEA/AECOM Theme Index, TEA Project Development Guidelines, TEA Annual & Directory and Thea Awards Program magazine.

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