"I am pleased to announce the election of new board members, and to thank our outgoing members for their service over the past years, " said TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) International Board President Rick Rothschild, of FAR Out! Creative Direction. "We’ve made great progress in the past year thanks to our many volunteer leaders, and I look forward to working with all our volunteers and staff in the year ahead."
"To all the candidates in this year’s election, thank you for your willingness to serve, " said Rothschild. "A special thank you to outgoing Europe & Middle East Division President, Alan Wilkinson, of Electrosonic Ltd as well as a welcome to recently elected Phil Hartley, of Phil Hartley Associates. Other big thank-you’s to Brian Morrow of SeaWorld and David Aion, of The Aion Company, for their willingness to serve a second year as Presidents of the Eastern and Western Divisions. And finally welcome to the new volunteers joining our International Board and our divisional boards. This is going to be an exciting year for the TEA."
Elected to the TEA International Board of Directors for Three Year Terms:
Louie Allen, Adirondack Studios
Alexander Bresinsky, flying saucer
Christine Kerr, BaAM Productions – Re-elected to second term
Michel Linet-Frion, Center Parcs
Jeff Mayer, Jeff Mayer & Partners
Rick Rothschild, FAR Out! Creative Direction – Re-elected to second term
Elected as Associate Member Representative to the International Board:
George Head, Savannah College of Art and Design
Elected to the TEA Eastern North America Division Board of Directors For Three Year Terms:
Tommy Bridges, Alcorn McBride
Al Cross, PGAV Destinations
Bernie Mosher, Walt Disney Imagineering
Assuming the Presidency of the TEA Europe & Middle East Division Board:
Phil Hartley, Philip Hartley Associates
Elected to the TEA Europe and Middle East Division Board of Directors For Three Year Term:
Bill Gorgensen, Unique Visions International
Leila Schembri, KCA London
Evelyne Villame, Loisirs & Marketing
Elected to the TEA Western North America Division Board of Directors For Three Year Terms:
Bill Butler, Garner Holt Productions
Jill Gilbert, One Plus Productions
Brian Hinckley, Electrosonic, Inc.
Carlos Miranda, Methodology
Dale Sprague, Canyon Creative
Becky Watson, SG Studios
Elected to the TEA Western North America Division Board – Associate Member Representative
Lynn Allmandinger, Wells Fargo Insurance
About new TEA President Rick Rothschild
On Nov 17, 2010, Rick Rothschild of FAR Out! Creative Direction took office as the new president of the Themed Entertainment Association, succeeding Steve Thorburn of Thorburn Associates, who had served for two years. A creative executive with Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) for 30 years, Rothschild currently heads FAR Out! Creative Direction, consults for WDI and is also part of Global Immersion’s creative technology team. More on Rick Rothschild here.
The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit alliance founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, Calif. TEA represents some 7, 000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working in more than 650 firms 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, and TEA Annual & Directory