Movers and Shakers - July 2019
TEC Introduces New Chief Operating Officer
ITEC Entertainment Corp. in Orlando announced the appointment of Carl Partridge as chief operating officer (COO) to drive the company’s corporate strategy toward higher profitability and growth in themed entertainment, and further expansion into areas that include commercial property development. Partridge has more than 25 years of experience in leading operations for established public and private companies. Previously he was COO at Allivet LLC, an e-commerce pharmaceutical company where he forged a new vision and strategic direction that led to 28% year-over-year growth. Prior to that, he was COO of Unipower LLC, SFC Brands LLC, and AccuMed Corp.
AIMS International Names Next Executive Director
The board of directors of AIMS International announced the appointment of Mary Jane (MJ) Brewer as the next executive director, succeeding Karen Oertley, who announced her retirement last November. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Brewer brings more than 20 years of industry experience to AIMS International and assumes overall responsibility for day-to-day management and operation of the association. Most recently, Brewer worked as vice president of operations for US Technical Training Center (USTTC) and is an inspection specialist for Recreation Engineering Inc. She has also worked as corporate safety specialist for Publix Super Markets and as senior vice president of organizational development, training, and safety for PARC Management LLC, an operator of attractions and entertainment venues located throughout North America.
Harves Entertainment and Falcon’s Creative Group Form New Partnership
Harves Entertainment, a division of Chinese real estate and investment company Harves, has joined forces with Falcon’s Creative Group to create global, next-generation experiential entertainment. The companies say the alliance will allow them to pursue additional entertainment and educational opportunities with recognized intellectual property assets, as well as develop proprietary concepts. This will include exploring and funding initiatives, conceiving new ideas and technologies, and building cross-cultural innovative experiences around the world. They say the alliance will allow growth in additional entertainment and educational concepts, first in China and then globally.
WonderWorks Brings Astronaut into Classrooms
WonderWorks, a science-focused attraction in Orlando, worked with school teachers to nominate students to meet Don Thomas, an astronaut who has orbited the Earth nearly 700 times. The astronaut visited local Orlando schools to speak with the students in April, and then WonderWorks honored the students at a special ceremony at WonderWorks. The meet-and-greet is part of a program offered by WonderWorks focusing on student achievement through a variety of categories, including academics excellence, service to the community, and future science. The program is open to students across central Florida, and only a limited number of students are accepted.
Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, Luckey LLC, which creates custom-made children’s climbing sculptures, appointed Jeff Rosen as its director of business development. He will manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s global marketing and sales activities. This new position is designed to increase Luckey’s global presence at resort destinations and prominent entertainment venues. Rosen is a veteran of the music, themed entertainment, and attractions industry for more than 30 years, including 10 years with BRC Imagination Arts. He also held prominent positions at Thinkwell Group, WET Design, and The Hettema Group.
CenterEdge Software—a provider of point-of-sale, online sales and reservations, and ticketing systems for entertainment and recreation facilities—has brought aboard Rosie Salas as its director of training and education. In this role, she will oversee the development and delivery of CenterEdge’s client onboarding and continuing education programs, as well as the company’s internal training initiatives. An industry veteran with more than 15 years of managing and coaching family entertainment center staff in operations, sales, and guest service, CenterEdge says Salas will help the company establish and maximize its customers’ revenues and facility management systems. Prior to CenterEdge, Salas worked in opening and managing the front-line and birthday party staff for iT’Z Family Food & Fun.
Robert John Hoban, who was vice president of maintenance for Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, for more than 25 years, passed away at the age of 62 in Manchester, New Jersey. During his tenure at Six Flags, he oversaw the construction of numerous rides and attractions, and after his retirement, he operated the Bob Hoban Consulting Firm. In his spare time, he enjoyed whitewater rafting, skiing, camping, and road trips to Cape May and Newport, Rhode Island. He is survived by his wife Barbara Vecchiarelli and his children.