Live Chat: Young Professionals – Navigating the Unexpected

July 10, 2024

Event Type: Education
Region: North America
Event Time: -
Venue: Online
Member Price: $0 | Nonmember Price: $49
Credit Hour(s): 1
Description: Join a community of Young Professionals to hear honest stories of mistakes made and lessons learned. Our panelists will share challenges that weren't anticipated and how they overcame them. Then, its your turn. In breakout rooms you’ll hear from your peers and share difficult challenges you've had to face and ask questions that help you on your career path.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding how experienced industry professionals have successfully managed change in their career paths
  • Learning from peers through live discussion about their practical techniques for problem solving
  • Understanding how mistakes made can lead to lessons learned and how to apply those takeaways to future decisions 



Dave hall headshot

Dave Hall

Project Manager
Falcon’s Creative

Dave Hall is a proponent of industry wide equity and accessibility. Originally from Normal, Illinois, Dave brings talented teams together to create initiatives that better the industry as a whole. From his role as a Project Manager at Falcon's Creative Group, his partnerships with Slice Creative Network, the Themed Entertainment Association, or the site he founded and runs,, Dave believes that we are at our best when we share successful business practices, hard-won lessons, and upcoming opportunities with our greater community.

Nicole Holtzmann

Nicole Holtzmann

4 Elements Hospitality

Chef Nicole established her consulting firm, Elements Hospitality, to specialize in Management Contracts for Food & Beverage Operations.  She has developed a phased approach with customized processes and procedures to each fit each client's specific needs.  Her approach significantly impacts bottom-line profits such that she has doubled the bottom line on every facility she has managed.  

Chef Nicole’s wide variety of experiences in the Food and Beverage industry has provided a tremendous foundation to achieve these great results for her clients. She was the head chef for the Food and Beverage Concept and Development team for Disney.  In addition, she was a Sous Chef in a Michelin Restaurant.  Chef Nicole expanded her food & beverage expertise by owning a catering company in Los Angeles for weddings and large events.  She has also consulted for over 30 seasonal operations as well as advising hundreds of food and beverage operations.

Alexander Wasson

Alexander Wasson

Chief Financial Officer
Alcorn McBride

With over 10 years of experience in finance and accounting, Alexander serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Alcorn McBride, a leading manufacturer of show control, audio, and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry. In this role, he provides strategic recommendations to the executive management team and advise on long-term business and financial planning including setting and benchmarking performance metrics, leading a fantastic accounting and finance team, championing new initiatives, and secure resources for growth. He enjoys establishing and growing relationships with vendors, customers, industry partners, and banking institutions, and is passionate about the design process in both physical and conceptual spaces. Wasson is a proud double University of Central Florida alumnus and alumnus of the University of Florida.


Please Note: Agenda is subject to change.