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“At ITPS…Fun is a SERIOUS Business!" 

Current I’M4FUN Podcast Episode

Episode 4:   The Mexican/Latin American Attractions Industry Outlook, Current Status and Short-Long Term Forecast

Guest:  Rene Aziz, CEO & President of Grupo Divertido 

Our special guest for Episode 4 of the ITPS I’m4Fun Podcast is Rene Aziz, CEO & President of Grupo Divertido in Mexico. Dennis and Rene engage in an energetic discussion about the status of the attractions industry in Mexico and Latin America. Rene shares his insights on the general state of the economy and how this will continue to impact leisure attractions. Learn about the future of Mexico in its quest to rebound its theme park and attractions market and hear what Rene, a past Chairman of IAAPA, feels it will take for our global industry to fully recover.

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Upcoming I’M4FUN Podcast Episodes

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)

Dennis is joined by Jane Cooper, President & COO of Herschend Family Entertainment, considered the nation’s largest family-owned themed attractions corporation. Its entertainment and hospitality properties currently span 23 locations in six states across the USA. Do the observations and experiences from COVID provide opportunities? Jane will address the current risk to talent in our industry and will provide insights as to how to build bench strength.

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Previous I’M4FUN Podcast Episodes

Episode 1:   How Covid-19 is Impacting Vendors & Suppliers 

Guest:  Jim Seay, President & Owner, Premier Rides

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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Episode 2:  Attraction Design Challenges in a New Operating Era  

Guest:  Keith James, Owner & CEO, JRA

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. Watch or listen to 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 also talks about the process of design in a remote working environment, including both difficulties and advantages, and sheds insight on how this new process can affect and help developers.

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Episode 3: Global Water Park Changes, Challenges, and Trends

Guest:  Rick Hunter, Chairman and CEO, Proslide Technology, Inc.

Episode 3 of the ITPS “I’m4Fun” Podcast was held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Our special guest Rick Hunter (Chairman & CEO of ProSlide Technology) and Dennis discuss the continued growth of the waterpark industry, and the shakeouts that have resulted from Covid-19 impacts. Rick provides insights on both domestic and foreign growth trends and opines on trends and technological advances he is seeing as our industry regains its footing.

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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, 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.

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.

Audio Podcasts available on Anchor, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Radio Public, Overcast and more.  

Feasibility Analysis - Design / Masterplanning - Pre-Opening Operations Planning - Management

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