A LIVE ITPS Podcast - September 23, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. EST
Dennis is joined by Keith James, Owner & CEO of JRA, a world-class attraction design company that has planned, designed, and produced hundreds of experiences for international audiences. Join Dennis and Keith as they discuss how the design process has changed as a result of the new operating era that parks and attractions are implementing, both short and long term. Keith will also talk about the process of design in a remote working environment, including both difficulties and advantages, and will shed insight on how this new process can affect and help developers.
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For this inaugural ITPS podcast, Dennis is joined by Jim Seay, President & Owner of Premier Rides. Jim is a safety industry expert and a globally respected industry icon. Hear how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted manufacturers and suppliers around the world in both the short and long term. Dennis and Jim will also discuss their insights on our industry’s performance, including how vendor transactions will be carried out in the future.
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The ups and downs of the theme park and amusement industry can sometimes be hard to navigate, but the outcome is great reward, fun, and seeing smiles on people’s faces! Dennis Speigel, the Founder & CEO of International Theme Park Services (ITPS), has loved and served the amusement, theme park, and leisure industry for more than 50 years. He started as a ticket taker at age 13 and never looked back. His firm, ITPS, has been involved with over 500 projects in 50 countries. To his friends and collaborators, Dennis is often known as “Mr. Theme Park”. During each ITPS “I’m4Fun” podcast, Dennis engages with industry colleagues in a fun, entertaining, and motivating way. If you are an operator, supplier, or developer, no matter where you are in the world, you know first-hand about struggles, challenges, and successes you face. You know what works and what doesn’t work. Through honest conversations with industry leaders and peers, Dennis dives into behind-the-scenes stories and uncovers insights that speak to every aspect of the industry we all love. If you love the industry and all it stands for, come join Dennis in this illuminating journey.
ITPS is pleased to announce its most immediate line up of industry experts and colleagues for the Podcast, “I’M4FUN……with Dennis Speigel”.
Future ITPS Podcasts will feature additional industry leaders and peers, all focusing on honest conversations and behind-the-scenes insights. This prestigious line-up (dates to be announced) for the upcoming Podcasts will include:
RENE AZIZ, PRESIDENT & OWNER OF GRUPO DIVERTIDO
The realistic outlook for leisure operators in Mexico in the foreseeable future
A leader in the Mexican leisure industry and the first (former) Chairman of IAAPA from Latin America, Rene will answer questions about the future of the Mexican leisure industry and what has been learned as a result of 2020 impacts. He will share insights that represent the true picture, addressing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
RICK HUNTER, CHAIRMAN & CEO OF PROSLIDE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Domestic and international continual growth for the waterpark industry, a positive outlook
As Founder of ProSlide Technology, a world-renowned water ride design firm, Rick has worked tirelessly to perfect the science and art of water ride design. He will share his thoughts with Dennis on the latest trends, developments, and expansion for the global industry.
JANE COOPER, PRESIDENT & COO OF HERSCHEND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
How to keep up-and-coming young talent engaged and employed in our industry in the future, an optimistic look at what we have learned in 2020
Jane, who oversees the diverse portfolio of businesses owned and operated by Herschend Family Entertainment, will address the current loss of talent in our industry, and will discuss how to overcome this lack of bench strength. She will also share her thoughts on how to implement positive programs that serve to keep young people engaged and motivated.
ALAIN BALDACCI, PRESIDENT & OWNER, WET’N WILD, BRAZIL
How government assistance is helping restore the amusement industry in Brazil
A leader in the Brazilian amusement industry, Alain will speak about how operators are looking for positive government involvement and assistance. Alain will also share the impact of Covid-19, both short and long term, on South America.
These are only a partial listing of industry conversations that Dennis Speigel will have over the next several weeks in the ITPS Podcasts. Participants will also include those from the European, Asian, and Middle East industry groups. Said Dennis, “I will be engaging with these distinguished industry leaders in a fun, entertaining and motivating way. My goal is to dig deep and uncover words of wisdom, as well as insights that will benefit everyone listening from all sectors of our great industry. If you love our industry as I do, I hope you will join us each Podcast as we mine for gold and discover information that will impact how we continue to grow our industry.”
The “I’M4FUN” ITPS podcast will cover all important aspects of our industry, including theme parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, technology, leadership and management, sponsors, human resources, design, successes and failures, financial concerns, safety issues, operational aspects, and much more. These conversations will also be from various perspectives and will cover the globe in terms of participation.
Dates for the above line-up, and others that will be joining Dennis in the future, will be announced.
Feasibility Analysis - Design / Masterplanning - Pre-Opening Operations Planning - Management