EAS 2018 Masthead

Wednesday 26 Sept. 2018
18:00 - 21:15


Conference Room 1

Enjoy a unique networking event with fellow colleagues from the industry

IAAPA welcomes Young Professionals to explore a holistic view of achieving career success in the industry. Learn about the many career options in the industry, receive advice on how to be a great leader in any role, and learn the secrets on how to stay up-to-date on industry trends from special industry guests and a panel of young professionals. Most importantly the Young Professional Forum is the best opportunity to ask questions and get feedback from a mixture students, peers, and industry legends in one room.

The main topics that will be covered in in the education session are:
1. What attracted you to the supplier or operator side of the business? What do you like about your work?
2. What are the different challenges and benefits of working in a large company or small company in the early stages of your career?



Ella Baskerville
Moderator - Ella Baskerville, Business Development Manager, Blooloop

Ella is Business Development Manager for Blooloop, the leading news website for the attractions industry. After graduating from the University of Bath in 2015, and being an IAAPA Show Ambassador in Orlando, Ella joined Blooloop- primarily running the company’s three conferences in Dubai, Asia and the UK. In addition her role included handling social media and contributing content to the site.

In summer of 2016, Ella was promoted to Business Development Manager with Blooloop. The new role included researching leads and opportunities, pitching for sales, forming new relationships and managing existing client relationships for the company. Ella attends IAAPA, EAS, AAE, DEAL, AAM and other relevant shows around the world to represent Blooloop and drive new business.

Camiel Bilsen
Moderator - Camiel Bilsen, Designer, Intamin Amusement Rides

At the early age of six, Camiel was first introduced to the world of amusement parks and immediately found his calling. He devoted most of his free time studying and designing roller coasters. When he turned sixteen he started his career by attending IAAPA trade shows all across the globe and getting to know the people in the business. After obtaining his international baccalaureate, he went on to study Industrial Design to pursue his dream of becoming a roller coaster designer.

In the Fall of 2013 Camiel founded the company of Coaster-Lab. In the four years of running Coaster-Lab, he has worked with multiple international roller coaster manufacturers, including Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH, Maurer Söhne, S&S Sansei Technologies and Intamin AG.

Camiel is in the process of obtaining his IAAPA certification and is currently serving as a member of the IAAPA young professional committee. Having attended just short of two dozen IAAPA expo’s over the span of eight years, he has considerable experience in the amusement industry and remains passionate and ever so dedicated to his career.

Romesh Popelier
Romesh Popelier, Owner & Engineer, RPRides

Romesh Popelier is currently owner and engineer at his own company RPRides. He always dreamed of a career in the amusement industry. In 2011 he started his career as ride operator at Attractiepark Toverland. While studying Mechanical Engineering at Fontys University of Applied Science and Attractions & Themeparks Management at NHTV University of Applied Science in Breda in the Netherlands, Romesh started visiting the IAAPA shows in 2012. Visiting the IAAPA shows in Asia, Europe and USA opened many doors for him.

In 2016 he worked as an intern at JNE&LC, a sales representative for Zierer to learn more about the sales-, manufacturing- and installation process of roller coasters. After finishing this internship he got the chance to start his own company and design roller coaster layouts.

In 2017 he worked as an intern at the projects & engineering department of Efteling to find out if he would more prefer to work on the technical side of a park/operator or the manufactures/suppliers side.

Nicholas Renard
Nicolas Renard, Project Engineer, Socotec

Nicolas is a ride inspector for Socotec, the leading inspection body in France.

As a self-confessed “geek”, Nicholas had been passionate about theme parks for years, but wanted to work in the field as an engineer and become a professional in the industry.

After graduation from “Arts Et Métiers Paristech” in 2015, where he got a MSc in Risk Management (and after a lot of cover letters later) he joined a French ride manufacturer as Project Manager.

In September 2016, and 2 rollercoasters projects later, Nicolas was hired by Socotec to perform ride inspection.

However he found himself spending most of his time working on the ‘bigger project’, so in January 2017, he started to manage the “Parc Spirou” project from an inspection body point of view. Parc Spirou had it’s grand opening in June 2018.

David Push
David Pusch, Project Leader, Phantasialand

David is a project manager at Phantasialand in Brühl (near Cologne) working on different projects within the park, the hotel resort and of course new developments.

Studying Civil Engineering with Business Studies took David to Europa-Park in Rust for his thesis, developing a planning tool for master planning and planning of themed areas for the Visioneering Department.

After, he took a little detour from the attractions industry, being the project engineer for a small marble company called Lasa Marmo in Northern Italy. Besides enjoying the great food and wine, he was working on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City designed by Santiago Calatrava. A beautiful building furnished with white Italian marble Lasa Marmo quarried, fabricated and delivered.

In 2012 David and 6 others founded their own company to set up a Family-Entertainment-Center in Frankfurt/M called Fabula-Welt der Abenteuer (which means world of adventure) which opened its doors 2013. It has various attractions like lasertag, an interactive lasermaze and a unique 3D-high ropes course all story based on the fantasy world of Fabula. David also worked on projects as a freelancer.

In 2017 David began working for Phantasialand on various great projects, from renovating artificial rocks in Africa (Black Mamba) to turning boring event locations to great places to have a good time. Now the biggest project he is working on, is bringing a new themed area called “Rookburgh” with its flying launched coaster to life.

Danielle Tanton
Danielle Tanton, Director, Brand-Experiental, eOne Entertainment

Danielle is Director, Experiential Brand for Entertainment One’s Family & Brands division, managing branded live experiences, live shows and attractions Worldwide for iconic children’s properties including Peppa Pig and PJ Masks. As part of this role, Danielle directs the brand development of new experiences, ensuring that every element is executed in line with core storylines and brand values. Themed entertainment includes new Peppa Pig World of Play attractions, PJ Masks Live, and other exciting developments across the portfolio.

Before joining Entertainment One in June 2018, Danielle set up and ran the live events and attractions division at DHX Brands where she licensed and project led various live experiences including the first ever Teletubbies theatrical tour in 20 years, In the Night Garden themed hotel rooms at CBeebies Land, UK, and an augmented reality In the Night Garden game for garden trails. Prior to this, Danielle worked for Mattel and HIT Entertainment project leading the expansion of Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park, and the opening of Mattel’s first European family entertainment centre Mattel Play! Liverpool.

Recently Danielle has been named a LIMA (Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association) Rising Star for 2018, and was elected to the Themed Entertainment Association Europe & Middle East Board of Directors in 2017 to represent IP licensing, and manage the EME division’s social media presence.

Practical summary

Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
18:00 - 21:15
Location:   RAI Amsterdam Convention Center Conference Room 1
Reception at Rosarium

€40,- (IAAPA-Members)
€50,- (Non-Members)
Fee includes:

Young Professionals Forum Participation
Networking Reception @ Rosarium
Notes: Must be 18 or older to attend. Separate ticket and Expo badge required to attend.

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