Movers & Shakers - May 2017

Virtuix and Fun VR Tech Partner

Virtuix, creators of active virtual reality (VR) and developers of the Omni motion platform, recently announced a new partnership with Fun VR Tech, a new division of Universal Space (UNIS) created to distribute active VR experiences to the commercial entertainment market. The partnership represents an expansion of Virtuix’s collaboration with UNIS in China, where it has installed dozens of Omni Area gaming attractions. Fun VR Tech has begun selling its Omni Arena attraction in North America and South America, with plans to expand to additional global markets.

http://funvrtech.com

ASTM International Names New President

Katharine Morgan has succeded James A. Thomas as president of ASTM International. She is a 33-year veteran of ASTM International, having started in 1984 as a staff manager and then assuming positions of increasing responsibility in standards development. Morgan has been executive vice president of the organization the past two years. Prior to that, she was vice president of technical committee operations and led a team of 50 in supporting the volunteer work of ASTM’s 30,000 members worldwide.

Valleyfair Welcomes New General Manager

Valleyfair amusement park in Shakopee, Minnesota, announced Brad Marcy as vice president and general manager. Marcy brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in amusement parks. The past year, he has been corporate director for strategic initiatives at Cedar Fair Entertainment, Valleyfair’s parent company. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ITEC Adds Award-Winning Designer

Itec Entertainment, a provider of worldwide entertainment solutions based in Orlando, added award-winning architectural designer Rodolfo Martucci to its team. Itec says he brings cross-disciplinary expertise to this new position in the areas of conceptual and facilities design from his more than 20 years’ experience. Before joining Itec, Martucci served as senior architectural designer for Romero VanRell Jeng & Associates, where he led architectural efforts on large-scale theme park, water park, leisure, and entertainment projects.

www.itec.com

Robin Goodchild

accesso Technology Group hired Robin Goodchild as sales director for Europe, where he’ll lead the company’s continued growth across Europe and the Middle East. He brings 16 years of international theme park and attractions experience to his new position and will be based in accesso’s UK office. Previously, he worked as general manager of the Orlando Eye, opening the observation wheel in 2015, and as head of operations at the London Eye.

www.accesso.com

JOSEPH TUTAK

We Do Digital (WDD) named Joseph Tutak the company’s business development director. His primary focus will be helping family entertainment centers, midsize amusement parks, and travel and tourism organizations achieve their digital marketing goals through increased web traffic, revenue, and profitability. To his new position, Tutak brings 20 years of experience and expertise in Internet telecommunications, marketing, sales, communications, and development.

www.wddonline.com

KeyLime Cove Promotes Aquatics Leader

KeyLime Cove water park in Gurnee, Illinois, promoted Nick Leyva to the director of aquatics. He will oversee a staff of 120 lifeguards. Leyva joined KeyLime Cove in 2008 and previously served as a lifeguard and aquatics supervisor.

www.keylimecove.com

Fanning Joins Intercard

Cash management solutions provider Intercard Inc. recently hired Peter Fanning as director of information technology (IT) for the company’s customer-service support center in Subic Bay, Philippines. In this role, he will oversee technical development and technical services teams, technical architecture, quality assurance and release management, and support the Intercard sales teams in the region. Fanning has more than 30 years of IT management and service experience, and prior to joining Intercard, built several successful technical companies in the Philippines and Europe.

intercardinc.com

Helix Leisure Hires Management for Regional Offices

Helix Leisure, the parent company of Embed, LAI Games, and The Locker Network, hired three key directors and managers for positions at its companies around the world. Rosa Tahmaseb is the new managing director for the Helix Leisure EMEA office in Dubai. She will oversee company operations and work to identify and foster new opportunities in the Europe, Middle East, and Asia markets. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a director and project manager. Guy Lee is the new operations director of the Helix North America office in Dallas, Texas. He is a 28-year veteran of the gaming industry and will oversee daily operations. Shane Galford assumed the role of support manager for Embed. He brings 10 years of IT experience to the position and is tasked with ensuring Embed customers receive around-the-clock support.

www.helixleisure.com