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Movers & Shakers - July 2016

Movers & Shakers

by Keith Miller

Christian Angenvoort

Christian Angenvoort, CEO of Angenvoort Lda., announced the establishment of Angenvoort Asia Pacific Limited in Hong Kong. This branch will focus on providing market research, business development, project management, and representation to key players in the attractions industry, including ride manufacturers, theming specialists, digital and high-tech companies, and playground manufacturers. The company will focus on the markets of Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe. It will also continue to create unique family- and children-friendly facilities like kids clubs for hotels and resorts.


Gary Smart

Gary Smart, managing director of Harbour Park in Littlehampton, West Sussex, England, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the leisure and tourism industry. Smart says was honored to receive the award because it recognizes the importance of the leisure parks and tourism industry to the local and national economy.


William T. Harris

A new CEO with extensive fundraising, strategy, and communications experience has taken the helm at Space Center Houston. William T. Harris brings more than 30 years experience in nonprofit leadership to the position, including senior roles at a renowned science center and universities. He previously served as senior vice president of development and marketing at the California Science Center Foundation.


Kimberly Weidman

Gateway Ticketing Systems promoted Kimberly Weidman to marketing manager. Weidman joined Gateway in August 2015 as the company’s marketing content creator/influencer and was responsible for managing its social-media platforms and writing copy for the website and press releases, as well as the recent e-book “10 Success Factors in Selecting the Right Ticketing System.” She has more than 20 years of marketing experience.


Drayton Manor Creates Child Board of Directors

Drayton Manor in Staffordshire, England, is searching for eight new kids to serve on its child board of directors, where the park quipped that they can “hone their skills for later in life to take over the world!” The park said the family that owns and runs the park will “take a back seat for the season” and would like the child directors to truly get involved in helping to shape the attraction’s future. Child board members must be between 5 and 8 years old and also need to be good communicators. William Bryan, managing director of Drayton Manor, will work with other board members to select the eight children.


Record Effort for a Cause

On May 14, Maddie’s Herd held a “Pie for PI,”  fundraiser for primary immunodeficiency disorder (PI) awareness, at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut. The event included an attempt to set a record for largest shaving cream pie fight in the world with the goal of raising $25,000 to support the Immune Deficiency Foundation. Maddie’s Herd was founded by teenager Madison Shaw four years ago to spread awareness and raise funds for those living with PI disorders. She has thus far raised $30,000 through her efforts. Shaw hoped the event would draw 1,400 participants and cream the current record of 869 participants in a shaving cream pie fight set in 2015.


PGAV Adds to Growing Staff Roster

Global planning and design firm PGAV Destinations announced the hiring of four architectural designers for its growing destination design team. They will support the company’s more than $1.2 billion in master planning and design projects underway in 2016. Marchelle Gant is a graduate of the University of Illinois and previously worked with BLDD Architects Inc. and America Reads and America Counts. Jinyang Liu graduated from North Carolina State University and interned in Beijing, China, with China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Limited. Ian Min is a graduate of Zhejiang University and Washington University and previously worked for Avian Observatory. Joe Windler graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology and Fakulta architektury VUT v Brne and worked at Brininstool + Lynch.