Current I’M4FUN Podcast Episode

Episode 26:  How marketing, sales, and trade show strategies are evolving for a post-pandemic amusement industry

Sara Seay, Vice President of Administration, Sales & Marketing, Premier Rides

Chloe Hausfeld, Director of Marketing & Business Development, JRA

Katrina Verweel, Tradeshow & Events Manager, WhiteWater

Dennis Speigel welcomes three very important guests who discuss industry-related marketing strategies and sales tactics that have been impacted by the events of the last 20 months. These very special guests are Sara Seay (Vice President of Administration, Sales & Marketing for Premier Rides), Chloe Hausfeld (Director of Marketing & Business Development with JRA Design group), and Katrina Verweel, Tradeshow & Events Manager for WhiteWater West. These three very talented and experienced women join Dennis for an insightful conversation about how marketing and sales efforts have changed and how such programs are impacted moving into the future, as well as how trade shows and expos have been impacted and what trends can be expected in the years to come.

Previous I’M4FUN Podcast Episodes

Click to Watch Episode 25
Episode 25:  Ash Smart talks about European family park operations, how they have adapted, and their bright outlook for their future

Guest: Ash Smart, Chief Financial Officer Harbour Park
Click to Watch Episode 24
Episode 24: Two seasoned leisure industry veterans discuss USA and global industry matters

Guests: Chip Cleary - Senior Consultant to Europa-Park and Rob Norris - President of Seabreeze Amusement Park
Click to Watch Episode 23
Episode 23: A leading waterpark safety and operating expert discusses current trends, global waterpark safety programs, and issues that will shape the future.

Guest: Chris Perry, VP of Resort Operations - Baha Mar
Click to Watch Episode 22
Episode 22: What a leading operator of multiple amusement facilities has learned in the last 18 months and how to be properly positioned for future success

Guest: John Reilly - COO, Palace Entertainment
Click to Watch Episode 21
Episode 21: Three leading manufacturers provide collective insight with a unique glimpse on the future of the rides and attractions business.

Sascha Czibulka
Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Kelven Tan
Vice President, Business Development Asia

Valerio Ferrari
Chief Sales Officer
Click to Watch Episode 20
Episode 20: The legend behind the beloved Garfield the Cat cartoon character..........Jim Davis, creator, discusses the Garfield journey.

Guest: Jim Davis
Click to Watch Episode 19
Episode 19: I'M4FUN….A Trip Down “Amusement Park Memory Lane”
Reminisce With Dennis, Tim, and Jim as they discuss the history of the Amusement Park and Attractions Industry!  

Guests: Tim O’Brien and Jim Futrell
Click to Watch Episode 17
Episode 17: I'M4FUN….”How the Asia-Pacific region continues to be a global amusement industry powerhouse."

Guests: Mario Mamon, Chairman and President of the Enchanted Kingdom Theme Park in Manila, Philippines, and Tan Sri Richard Koh, President of the Malaysian Association of Amusement Theme Parks & Family Attractions (MAATFA)
Click to Watch Episode 16
Episode 16: I'M4FUN….”Proven and creative strategies for operating a successful human resources program, including J-1 Visa discussion.”

Guest:  Denise Beckson - Senior Executive, Morey’s Piers
Click to Watch Episode 15
Episode 15: I'M4FUN...."A strategic discussion on the Global Leisure Industry......what to plan, look for, and act upon."

Guest: Andreas Andersen - CEO & President of Liseberg
Click to Watch Episode 14
EPISODE 14: Two respected South/Latin America leaders discuss the positives and negatives of 2020’s impact on the leisure industry and share their forecast for the future.

Guests: Marcelo Gutglas and Gerardo Arteaga Jr.
Click to Watch Episode 13
EPISODE 13: A perspective on product changes, consumer expectations, and safety in the amusement and waterpark industry

Guest: Franceen Gonzales - Chief Experience Officer with Whitewater West Industries
Click to Watch Episode 12
EPISODE 12: Creating a superior guest experience in any leisure venue and how the animal, museum, and attractions segments of our industry are adapting their business model to survive

Guest: David Rosenberg - Vice President of Guest Experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California
Click to Watch Episode 11
EPISODE 11: A look into the global attractions industry in Europe and the Middle East, with unique insight from the supplier side

Guest: Jeroen Nijpels - Owner & Managing Director of JNELC
Click to Watch Episode 10
EPISODE 10: The foundations of successful Food and Beverage programs and what the incoming chair of IAAPA envisions for the future

Guest: Ken Whiting, President of Whiting’s Foods
Click to Watch Episode 9
Episode 9: How “Give Kids the World Village”, a non-profit organization, makes dreams come true with the support of generous donors, community partners, and volunteers, as well as with IAAPA support

Guest: Ms. Pamela Landwirth, President & CEO - Give Kids the World
Click to Watch Episode 8
Episode 8: How our leisure industry historically rebounds after significant setbacks; an industry leader’s look at the current status of amusement and theme park operations.

Guest: Richard A. Zimmerman, President & CEO of Cedar Fair
Click to Watch Episode 7
Episode 7: The Leisure and Attractions Industry in England and in Europe, a short and long term outlook on the road to recovery

Guest: Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Click to Watch Episode 6
Episode 6: "How the European Attractions Market has taken steps to address 2020 challenges and seize opportunities for the short and long term……from both an operator and manufacturer perspective."

Guest: Roland Mack, Managing Director at Europa-Park
Click to Watch Episode 5
Episode 5: "Covid has changed our world and created challenges for all of us. Are there opportunities within this environment? Any key learnings from our experiences?"

Guest: Jane Cooper, President & Chief Operating Officer - Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE)
Click to Watch Episode 4
Episode 4: The Mexican/Latin American Attractions Industry Outlook, Current Status and Short-Long Term Forecast

Guest: Rene Aziz, CEO & President of Grupo Divertido 
Click to Watch Episode 3
Episode 3: Global Water Park Changes, Challenges, and Trends

Guest: Rick Hunter, Chairman and CEO, Proslide Technology, Inc.
Click to Watch Episode 2
Episode 2: Attraction Design Challenges in a New Operating Era

Guest: Keith James, Owner & CEO, JRA
Click to Watch Episode 1
Episode 1: How Covid-19 is Impacting Vendors & Suppliers

Guest: Jim Seay, President & Owner, Premier Rides

I'm4Fun...with Dennis Speigel

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, failures, and successes. You are not alone. Through honest, candid, and topical conversations with industry leaders and peers from around the globe, 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.

The ITPS “I’M4FUN” ITPS podcast covers all important sectors 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, manufacturing and services, and much more.

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International Theme Park Services, Inc. 
2195 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
United States of America
Phone: 513-381-6131