Blue Man Group Co-Founder Matt Goldman to Deliver Keynote Address at GM & Owners' Breakfast on Nov. 18

IAAPA News
July 17, 2009

Blue Man Group Co-Founder Matt Goldman to Deliver Keynote Address at GM & Owners' Breakfast on Nov. 18

Blue Man Group to Make Special Appearance

 

Alexandria, Virginia (United States) – Matt Goldman, co-founder of Blue Man Group, will be the keynote speaker at the General Managers and Owners’ Breakfast at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009. The event will take place from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the Renaissance Ballroom at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, which is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Giving Goldman an unprecedented introduction, Blue Man Group performers will make a special appearance at the breakfast.

Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group, a collaboration between Goldman and longtime friends Chris Wink and Phil Stanton, first performed off-Broadway at Astor Place Theater in 1991, where the production continues today. Since then, the group has expanded worldwide to Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Berlin, Zurich, Tokyo, and Orlando at Universal Orlando Resort. Blue Man Group’s performances feature three men covered in blue grease paint and combines theatrics, humor, and social commentary with multimedia components like percussion, music, paint, lights, and mime. The group has grown into a multi-dimensional creative organization, developing and producing rock tours, television shows, albums, DVDs, film scores, children's musical instruments, and children's museum exhibits.

GM and Owners' Breakfast
Blue Man Group has a mission of always providing customers with a fresh experience, whether they’re newcomers or returning guests. Goldman will address this focus in his remarks and explain how the group continues to create original entertainment. He will also address the unique marketing tactics used for unconventional attractions like his own.

“Blue Man Group has had a significant impact on the attractions industry and has successfully pioneered a new brand of live entertainment,” says Charles Bray, president and CEO of IAAPA. “I look forward to the group’s special appearance and hearing Matt’s perspective on how to continually present innovative content—it’s a message applicable to everyone in our industry. The breakfast setting provides a prime networking opportunity for attractions leaders throughout the world.”

During the breakfast, the IAAPA Service Awards will be presented, honoring members who have made a lasting impact on IAAPA and the industry.

Expo registration is also required to attend the event, and can be purchased atwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions. Tickets for the General Managers and Owners’ Breakfast are $85 per person.

About Matt Goldman
Matt Goldman received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He continues to be involved at the school, most notably launching and sitting on the Board of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. After college, Goldman worked for seven years at Omni Resources, a start-up software services company. In the late 1980s, he formed the partnership with Wink and Stanton and created Blue Man Group.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “Bright Lights, Big Show: The Main Attraction,” the show will take place for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada, and draw industry professionals from more than 85 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 offers a solid week of business and fun. The event also includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, marquee social events, and networking opportunities. This is the marketplace where amusement and attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries gather to network, view the latest innovations, and plan for the future. For more information visitwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions.

About IAAPA
IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry.

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Downloadable images of Blue Man Group and Keynote Speaker Matt Goldman and additional press information for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 can be found in the IAAPA Press Room,www.IAAPA.org/PressRoom.

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