IAAPA Webinar + Exchange: Alignment of Safety Standards and How to Use Technology in Creating Experiences
Webinar: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. China Standard Time (CST)
Exchange: 10.05 a.m. – 10.45 a.m. China Standard Time (CST)
Join a new, exciting event format: IAAPA Webinar + Exchange, where participants will learn from an IAAPA Webinar and then connect with peers in a small group setting.
During the webinar, there will be two part of discussion, with the first half of the webinar looking at design challenges in meeting safety standards and what it means to harmonize these regional standards. The second half of the discussion will look at the tools and technologies used at maximizing guest experience.
IAAPA Exchange presented by the IAAPA Young Professionals Sub-Committee: There will be a 5-minute break when the Webinar concludes and then participants are invited back to for an Exchange session where networking discussions will be held in small groups. The speakers will be available in the small group discussions to continue the conversation and answer questions.
Participants will earn 1 CEUs for Webinar and 0.5 CEUs for Webinar Exchange toward IAAPA Certification renewal.
Jeff DuVilla is a Lead Creative Designer at Adirondack Studios. His projects include some of the world's most renowned theme parks, attractions, and resorts in the US, China and the Middle East. In addition to theme parks, his projects include museums, visitor's centers, family entertainment centers and mixed use development. As Creative Lead, Jeff oversees show set design, 3D modeling, graphic design, and vendor integration. Jeff studied civil-structural engineering and urban design at Rutgers University.
Mark Stepanian brings years of experience in innovative engineering of large-scale theme park attractions including roller coasters, motion simulators, and interactive VR rides. Mark has strong insight into the future of the amusement industry and has developed patented technologies that further intertwine the story with ride systems to create immersive and innovative experiences. In addition, as a project manager he prioritizes solution generation of technical and business issues to bring a project from the drawing board into reality and has ensured successful deliveries time and time again.
A structural engineer by training, Mark is heavily involved in the ASTM F24 standards committee and has detailed knowledge of the requirements needed to make the safest attractions possible. He also sits on the IAAPA Young Professionals subcommittee where he is working to further their mentor/mentee program.
David is an architectural engineer with extensive experience in the end to end management of projects in the themed entertainment industry. His designs are backed up with the technical knowledge he developed on a diverse range of high-level themed entertainment venues. David is now leading a team of designers who are developing attractions for iconic theme parks in South East Asia and around the world, including Universal Studios and Disney.
Webinar Moderator & Exchange Facilitator
Rhys has worked in the amusement industry for over 14 years, starting at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia. Throughout the years Rhys took on a number of different roles across the Village Roadshow Theme Parks including positions in Operations, Marketing and Retail. With his passion for the attraction industry he was always driven to learn and take on any task whilst upholding impeccable customer service.
While Rhys was working at the parks, he also studied a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science. Shortly after graduating Rhys took on the role of Regional Operations Manager for Magic Memories. In this role he oversaw the photography operations across a number of theme parks and midway attractions, where he was able to develop a dynamic and fun environment which helped grow the business.
Rhys now works as a consulting Engineer for DRA Safety Specialists, working with all the major theme parks in Australia. He always takes pride in his work and has a close attention to detail. Rhys has been an IAAPA Show Ambassador since 2016 taking on the program coordinator role in 2019 and is also a member of the Young Professional Subcommittee. Rhys is also an IAAPA Certified Attractions Leader.