Sunday, March 17, 2013

TEA president Christine Kerr, BaAM Productions, presides at TEA's Weekend of Events, April 4-6 at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

Christine Kerr, TEA president
The Themed Entertainment Association's (TEA) 2013 Weekend of Events, April 4-6 at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim USA, is made up of the TEA Summit business conference (April 4-5), and the Thea Awards Gala (April 6). The TEA Weekend of Events is one of the foremost gatherings of the attractions industry. Day One (April 4) of the 2-day Summit is a limited-seating Executive Master Class, keynoted by Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet. Day Two (April 5), open to a larger and wider audience including students, is Thea Case Studies Day, showcasing the people and projects that will be honored the following night at the Thea Awards Gala (April 6) - a lavish, ticketed, black tie dinner event celebrating excellence in the Experience Industry. Register and buy tickets at the TEA Box Office.

Presiding over the TEA Weekend of Events is TEA president Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions. The International Board of the TEA unanimously elected Kerr to step into the presidency in November 2012.

Christine Kerr is Vice President of BaAM Productions, a Toronto-based design, project management and event management company that creates projects ranging from cultural exhibitions to major league sports extravaganzas. Her career has included many years leading theme park entertainment and operations teams in Europe, the US and Canada. She has been active within TEA since 2002; first as a member of the Eastern Division Board of Directors, and then serving as its President for 3 years.

Kerr was elected to the TEA International Board of Directors in 2008 and has served as a Vice President for the past 4 years. In addition to her leadership role in the attractions industry, she is an active volunteer and leader in her community including a term as a member of her local Cultural Advisory Committee, and 6 years as a member of the Board of Directors for the Royal Botanical Gardens, including 2 years as Vice Chair.

Primary on Kerr's agenda for TEA are a leadership search to find a successor to executive director Gene Jeffers who will retire in 2013 after more than a decade of service; growing the association's NextGen outreach and mentoring initiative for students and recent grads entering the attractions industry; and helping position TEA to serve an increasingly global industry, especially the rapidly growing Asian sector.

Kerr says, “The opportunities for our members to share their knowledge and learn from each other grows every year as the lines that once defined our industry continue to expand, and the composition of our membership likewise becomes more diverse.”