Learn From Leading Innovators and Experienced Speakers

Leila Amirsadeghi

Chief Growth Officer
Cleanbox Technologies
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Leila has over 20 years experience in Entertainment, Technology and Live Events, designing, building and producing integrated marketing campaigns, experiential activations, brand events, festivals and digital products for some of the world’s most notable brands. Her experience in digital product development spans AR/MR/XR, OTT, mobile & web for Art, Entertainment and Video Games, and she has launched award-winning campaigns for a number of TV & Movie titles including The Walking Dead, Jurassic World and Ready Player One.

Leila co-founded and launched 20,000 sq.ft. LBE, Onedome, in San Francisco in 2018, with three immersive entertainment experiences enjoyed by over 100,000 people over 9 months (F.E.A.S.T, LMNL and The Unreal Garden), including the world’s first mass-consumer, AR multiplayer mixed reality experience. Blending physical forestscapes, ambisonic sound, interactive projections, haptics and immersive augmented reality using the Microsoft HoloLens, the Unreal Garden saw 40+ users interact with the world and people around them during a magical 20+ minute experience. The Unreal Garden also debuted its touring experience in LA at E3 in June 2019.

Leila has worked with some of the world’s largest brands including Disney, Microsoft, Warner Bros, Google, Dreamworks Animation and Adobe, and with some of the world’s most successful XR & LBE startups including Meow Wolf, Two Bit Circus and Electric Playhouse. Leila currently works within the XR world under her own brand, MESH, and is consultant and advisor to a number of Entertainment, XR & LBE startups including Enklu, PortalsXR, WeHOWL, Icon and Vibiana Immersive. And most recently, as Chief Growth officer for smart tech hygiene company, Cleanbox Technology, overseeing sales, marketing, partnerships and innovation, and driving strategic relationships across education, entertainment, enterprise, healthcare and government.

Sheryl Bindelglass

CEO, Group Sales and Party Expert
Sheryl Golf
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Sheryl Golf is a nationally-recognized business enhancement firm, serving the hospitality, amusement, entertainment and retail industries. Our mission is to deliver practical, easy-to-implement solutions that increase your profits and improve your operations. Sheryl helps businesses and organizations like yours build on their success by driving sales and profits with exceptional staff training and coaching, combined with sales and marketing plans that get results.

An accomplished speaker, member of the NSA (National Speakers Association) whose recent workshops at the, PGA Golf, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, Fun Expo, BowlExpo, Amusement Expo, CMAA, and NGCOA shows garnered rave reviews from participants: “Sheryl combines street-smarts with creative vision. Her workshop gives you the information you absolutely need for success.”

Michael Browning

CEO
Urban Air Adventure Parks
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Michael O. Browning Jr. began his professional career at Cirrus Health developing and managing physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers and short-stay hospitals. During his tenure with the firm, in Dallas, TX, he served as the Director of Research & Development.

He founded Phoebos Partners, a healthcare consulting firm which developed the nation’s most innovative marketing analytics software which determined the factors leading to success in healthcare marketing. He later helped launch Santa Barbara Medical Innovations (SBMI), a privately held health care company specializing in the distribution of the ZERONA Non-Invasive Body Contouring Laser.

In 2011, Michael founded Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park where he’s currently the CEO. Urban Air is the nation’s premier full-service family entertainment company offering safe, clean, affordable active family entertainment.

Scott Buell

President and Founder
Drone Legends
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Scott is the founder and President of Drone Legends, a STEM education program for young children and Latitude 360°, a drone-based aerial video and photography, business. Prior to starting his drone-themed businesses he spent 20 years as a successful senior-level sales and marketing professional in healthcare marketing and scientific communications, where he helped launch global healthcare brands. Scott is also lifelong art enthusiast. He attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts before switching to St. Joseph’s University to pursue a business degree. He stays true to his passion for the arts and today, using drones to capture aerial photographs and video.

Scott picked up his first drone during the winter of 2012 and was instantly hooked. Nearly 8 years later, feeling stagnant in the healthcare marketing world, he decided to establish his own business and brand. Drones were the obvious choice. What started as drone video and photography company quickly evolved into something unique and special —an “edutainment” operation that uses drones as a means of educating, entertaining and inspiring individuals of all ages and backgrounds. From corporate team building events to the super cool DRONE LEGENDS, a STEM educational program designed to create the drone innovators of tomorrow, Scott is redefining what it means to be a drone business.

Scott’s mission is to “marry the fun of flight with the immense opportunities becoming a drone enthusiast affords, while encouraging and building teamwork, curiosity, critical thinking, courage, and creativity”.

Brent Bushnell

Co-founder and CEO
Two-Bit Circus
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Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, an LA-based experiential entertainment company that is opening a network of micro-amusement parks focused on all-ages, social play. He’s chairman of the non-profit Two Bit Circus Foundation which deploys STEAM-based programs to inspire students around the world about creativity and invention. Brent’s a Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow, a supporter of Clowns Without Borders and publishes on Twitter @brentbushnell.

Tabor Carlton

Marketing Director
LAI Games
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After moving to Australia in 1999 and completing a Diploma of Graphic Design, I stumbled across a ‘build your own website’ service on the Internet. It was love at first site (pun intended?). I taught myself how to program and build websites from scratch, along with learning any design software programs I could get my hands on. I was able to turn this into a rewarding design career which enabled me opportunities to work alongside and collaborate with creatives all over the world.

Today I enjoy working in the exciting out-of-home entertainment industry as the marketing director for an innovative amusement game company.

Peter Csathy

Consultant
CREATV Media
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Peter Csathy is the founder & chairman of CREATV Media, as well as a recognized expert in the media and technology fields. Csathy’s career spans traditional media, new/digital media, and technology (with a unique ability to bridge those worlds).

Csathy has previously served as CEO of several other companies, including Manatt Digital Media, Sorenson Media, and SightSpeed. He was also the president & COO at Musicmatch (acquired by Yahoo!), and COO at eNow/Relegence (acquired by AOL).

He is the author of Media 2.0 (18): An Insider’s Guide to Today’s Media World and Where It’s Going.

Fernando Eiroa

CEO
CircusTrix
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Fernando Eiroa joined CircusTrix as CEO in 2019 after serving as President and CEO of Palace Entertainment, a US subsidiary of Parques Reunidos.

CircusTrix operates 300+ indoor trampoline parks in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  The parks include obstacle courses, soft foam pits, trapezes, slacklines, special dodgeball and basketball courts and parkour.

CircusTrix’s brands include: Defy, Rockin Jump, Sky Zone, 2Infinity, Cloud9, High Rise, HighHeaven, JumpJam, Ryze, and Skywalk.

The organisation focuses on delivering unique experiences and staged and customised challenges. There is a constant focus on innovation driven by listening to it’s visitors and thinking outside the box.

Charlie Fink

XR Consultant
Forbes
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Charlie Fink is a Forbes columnist and the author of a new book, “Remote Collaboration, Virtual Conferences and the Future of Work” (May 2020), and the critically acclaimed AR-enabled books “Charlie Fink’s Metaverse” (2017), and “Convergence, How The World Will Be Painted With Data” (2019). He teaches XR at Chapman University Film School in Orange, California.

Fink is a consultant to some of the leading companies in the XR (AR/VR) world. As a 28-year-old junior executive at Disney, Fink famously came up with the idea for “The Lion King.” In the 1990s, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of VR pioneer, Virtual World Entertainment. Variety calls him “XR’s explainer-in-chief.”

In addition to his work as head of story development for Disney Feature Animation during Disney’s second golden age of animation (1985-1992), Fink was Senior Vice President & Chief Creative Officer of AOL Studios (1995-1999), and President of American Greetings Interactive and Blue Mountain (2000-2004). His past experience includes successful exits from several startups.

Blaine Graboyes

CEO and founder
GameCo
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Blaine is Co-Founder and CEO of GameCo, creator of revolutionary gaming products and experiences that drive growth and deliver a new, different, and younger player for digital and retail casinos. The inventor of the world’s first skill-based Video Game Gambling Machine (VGM™), GameCo’s omnichannel land-based and online platform combine the fun and interactivity of video games with the thrill and anticipation of gambling. Blaine also co-founded The Gamer Agency, the premiere independent esports production company, which was acquired in 2017. Graboyes is an award-winning Executive Producer and Game Designer with over twenty years’ experience developing digital entertainment. He has produced over 4,000 projects for world-renowned entertainment, business, and fine arts clients such as Blizzard Entertainment, Ubisoft, DreamWorks, Mattel, Sony, Disney, Nickelodeon, DIRECTV, Warner Bros., and The Guggenheim and Whitney Museums. His work has been recognized with numerous awards including the 16th Annual GGB Gaming & Technology Awards Silver Medal, an RIAA Platinum album, and IGN Editor’s Choice Award. Blaine is an active member of the Producers Guild Of America (PGA) formerly serving on multiple boards and co-chair of the 2014 and 2015 Produced By: New York conferences.

Sean Griffin

President
Normadic
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Sean Griffin is President of Nomadic, an immersive entertainment company focused on leveraging technology innovations to bring the world’s most beloved stories to life. At Nomadic, Sean led the nationwide launch of Star Wars’ Vader Immortal: Lightsaber Dojo, an immersive virtual reality training ground developed by ILMxLAB, which is now being expanded worldwide.

Prior to his work at Nomadic, Sean led location expansion and content acquisition at LBVR company The VOID, worked in Strategy and Global Business Development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and worked in the Technology, Media, and Telecom practice at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he helped to launch BCG Digital Ventures.

He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate degree at Boston College.

Alex Harvey

CEO
RiVR
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Alex is the creative director and CEO of Reality in virtual reality RiVR. Following a successful career in creating high end commercial trailers in the gaming industry for Codemasters Alex became a CAA approved drone pilot and created a videography company.

Based in Southam, Warwickshire the company gained a reputation for high end video production. He is the driving force behind the current organisation, assembling a team of highly skilled individuals who were all committed to push the boundaries of development of virtual reality.

In just over two short years, RiVR has become an international brand with recognition for being one of the leading companies in the world in creating photo realistic roomscale, interactive training environments using photogrammetry.

RiVR clients include Ministry of defence, Department of defence in USA. Various blue light services, Transport for London, Landsec, BAT, TUI, Transguard and Emirates in Dubai.

Alex is delighted to present, to anyone who will listen, how training in virtual reality is advancing the way in which humans learn at unprecedented rates.

Matt Heller

Founder
Performance Optimist Consulting
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Matt Heller has spent 31 years in the attractions industry. Starting as a ride operator at Canobie Lake Park just out of high school, Matt has enjoyed a robust career around the industry with leadership positions at Canobie, Knott’s Camp Snoopy, Valleyfair and Smiles Entertainment Center. Pulling from his previous leadership experience, in 2003 Matt joined Universal Orlando Resort as the Senior Trainer of Leadership Development. Matt has also served on various IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) planning committees and was awarded the prestigious IAAPA Meritorious Service Award in 2017 for his unyielding dedication to helping the industry grow.

In 2011, Matt reduced his role at Universal to pursue additional independent training and consulting opportunities. He created Performance Optimist Consulting, and now helps leaders across the world make sure they are getting the most out of themselves and their teams. He does this through individual and group coaching, interactive keynotes and customized training sessions.

Matt has also written two books for leaders in the attractions industry: “The Myth of Employee Burnout” and “ALL CLEAR! A Practical Guide for First Time Leaders and The People who Support Them”. Both have become go-to resources that help organizations improve employee engagement and leadership development.

Also in 2017, Matt joined forces with Josh Liebman of Backlooper to create the AttractionPros Podcast. Weekly episodes feature engaging conversations with dynamic leaders on a wide range of topics. Matt and Josh also use this platform to help listeners improve leadership competencies and create amazing guest experiences.

Matt, his wife Linda, and their dog Otis reside in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

ZJ Howard

Expert Associate Partner, Design; Leader McKinsey Design Australia
McKinsey & Company
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With over 15 years of experience working extensively across Asia Pacific in both consultancies and in-house innovation and design teams, Zaana is a recognized leader in customer experience and human centred design. She currently leads McKinsey Design for Australia and New Zealand, where she advises leading organisations across Asia Pacific in systems and strategic design; customer centric transformations; and organisational capability. She brings together customer and employee experience, and service operations to deliver differentiating experiences and improved outcomes for people and business. Zaana recently co-lead McKinsey’s global ethnographic research to understand the shifting consumer attitudes and behaviours emerging from COVID-19.

Jan Hursti

CEO
virvavr oy
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25 years background from Information technology to create services that grow business in various industries. Current project scandinavian biggest virtual reality park with own Cloud based Saas Platform cloud4vr.com, We started 2016 and have 85.000 visitors in 4 location last year.

Wild Optimists

Interactive game designers
Wild Optimists
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The Wild Optimists began when Juliana Moreno Patel & Ariel Rubin, combined their theatre degrees and writing backgrounds with their lifelong love of gaming to create the Kickstarter sensation Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment, the first game in the tabletop Escape Room genre and winner of Game of the Year at the Mattel Inventor Awards.
Since then The Wild Optimists have created immersive gaming experiences for a wide variety of clients including Sony, Fox, Universal, the CW, AEG, and vampire.pizza.  Their goal is to design new ways to play, creating memorable interactive experiences for tabletop games, virtual games, family entertainment centers, theme parks, music festivals, historical sites, marketing activations, and more.

Philip Kaplan

Growth CEO & Board Member
Gameworks, Inc.
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Philip N. Kaplan serves as chairman and chief executive officer of GameWorks, a role to which he was appointed in June 2018. GameWorks offers an esports and entertainment experience for millennials and teens with an online platform and eight prime venues that feature popular videogame titles. Kaplan, who is passionate about esports and its significant market opportunity, has made it the core focus of the Company’s offering and growth potential, coupling “clicks and bricks” online and in-person experiences. In his role, Kaplan forged strategic growth partnerships institutional property holders to expand the GameWorks venue footprint and casino operators to bring peer-to-peer esports wagering to market through multiple casino venues.

Kaplan is a pioneering executive in the cloud / software-as-a-service / online digital media space, bringing nearly 30 years of operating expertise to his leadership role at GameWorks. He has achieved four successful exits from both public and private companies. He has established a proven track record in leading strategic operations and helping companies scale to achieve rapid growth. Over the course of his career, Kaplan directed efforts surrounding corporate mergers, acquisitions, integrations and reorganizations.

Immediately prior to GameWorks, he served as managing partner of two closely held companies in the technology and real estate sectors, as chief executive officer and board member at private equity-held dbtech, a leader in hospital billing workflow solutions, and as a private equity operating partner. Kaplan also served as chief operating officer and board member of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXGN), a healthcare IT company.

Kaplan co-founded and served as president, chief operating officer and Board member at VitalStream Holdings, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company that enabled entertainment and media clients to deliver video and audio experiences to global online audiences. VitalStream was acquired by Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP) in February 2007. He was then instrumental in the transition and integration of the two entities, continuing to serve as Internap’s Chief Strategy Officer until June 2008. Earlier, Kaplan co-founded and was a board member at AnaServe, an e-commerce and web hosting company. He began his career early on in technology marketing.

Currently, Kaplan is a member of the board of directors of online digital media company, Surfline.com. He also served a two-year term as an elected member of the Park City, Utah Board of Education. Kaplan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Russian Language from the University of California, Davis.

Yoni Koenig

VP of Sales & Marketing
VRstudios
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Yehonatan ‘Yoni’ Koenig is an entrepreneur and builder of digital experiences that blur the line between product, marketing, and entertainment. He has dedicated his career to ushering
compelling experiences and technologies into the mainstream and commercializing these efforts.

As a founder of three successful companies– a game and animation studio, a GPU/technology company acquired in 2009 by AMD and an LBE VR infrastructure company – in his tenure Yoni co-authored several real-time 3D rendering patents.

Yoni has built and led technology and product working with Microsoft, Juniper Networks, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Sony, Vivendi-Universal, Disney Interactive & Imagineering, and Magnet Interactive Studios just to name a few.

He has also worked across cultural lines with leading international studios including CFG (China Film Group), Black Dragon Entertainment China, and Yian Studios Beijing and Toonz Animation in India.

These large-scale efforts are made possible through the cultivation of his deep belief in the power of “people alchemy”: Yoni builds and leads great teams of innovators in technology, art, and business with work that truly engages talent and entertains consumers with powerful results.

Josh Leibman

Attraction Pros
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As the Founder of BackLooper, Joshua helps attractions generate higher volumes of guest feedback, and provides them with the intelligence needed to correct the most pressing concerns that detract from the guest experience. Joshua’s passion for guest experience comes from his background in hospitality and tourism, serving visitors from all around the world and specializing in complex service failure resolution. BackLooper has proven to help attractions optimize their feedback loop and foster guest loyalty.

With a specific focus in the Theme Parks & Attractions Industry, Joshua specializes in hospitality standards, complaint resolution, and guest feedback management. Joshua’s experience in the industry includes attractions operations, guest service communications, retail management, quality assurance consulting, consumer analytics, and guest experience training.

Joshua’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Theme Parks and Attractions Management, along with a Master’s Degree in Hospitality & Tourism, both from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Joshua has worked for some of the top attraction operators in the world, including, but not limited to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Merlin Entertainments, and Cedar Fair. Joshua has been integral to the openings of multiple attractions in various leadership capacities, including Hard Rock Park, LEGOLAND Florida, and Zoomers Amusement Park.

After holding several leadership positions with various theme and amusement park operators, Joshua took on the role of Senior Consultant with a prestigious hospitality consulting firm, with a specific focus in luxury hospitality. In this role, Joshua worked closely with organizations such as Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria, and many other luxury hotel and resort operators, helping identify quality assurance issues that impacted brand standards, revenue generation, and loss prevention.

In 2015, after founding, growing, and selling an operations-focused consulting firm, Joshua joined forces with Amusement Advantage, Inc. to build the company’s consulting division, part of the 20-year old company’s expansive growth strategy. Joshua created programs complementing the company’s flagship mystery shop program, including Guest Experience Workshops, Public Feedback Analysis, and Market Research.

Joshua is also co-host of the AttractionPros Podcast, the leading resource for attractions industry professionals.

Howard McCauliffe

VP
Pinnacle Entertainment Group Inc
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Howard McAuliffe has over 20 years of experience in operations and consulting in the world of family entertainment as an owner operator, vendor, and consultant. Howard is currently a partner and Vice President of Pinnacle Entertainment Group, LLC, a leading consulting firm in the out of home entertainment industry working with clients such as JW Marriott, Shakey’s Pizza, and Sparetime Entertainment to bring experiences to existing businesses, to help them capitalize on the rapidly growing “Experience Economy.”

Howard works with various industry associations including serving on the board of directors for the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) as well as several committees. In addition, he regularly speaks at industry events. Some of the past events include, the International Association of Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Amusement Expo, Bowl Expo, BPAA University as well as various operator and distributor trade shows. He also writes a bi-monthly column in Replay Magazine on industry trends, in addition to contributing to manufacturers educational columns and bowling industry publications.

David McKillips

CEO
CEC Entertainment
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Experienced Executive with a proven resume of working in the entertainment, theme park, and licensing industries. Skilled in operational and F&B management, international and domestic business development, special event strategy, IP development, and business planning. Strong leadership expertise with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from The University of Georgia.

Marco Mereu

Co-founder and COO
XSET Esports
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Entrepreneur focused on esports, media and gaming.
Co-Founder at XSET and previously Built Framerate, Roostr and Gameblyr.

Reggie Moultrie

President and CEO
Moute Point Inc
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Reggie Moultrie is the former VP of Amusements for Dave and Busters, 1997-2003,

He has extensive amusement industry knowledge, having garnered (45) years of amusements experience starting with Six Flags Great Adventure as Games Department Assistant Manager(11 years), Vari-Tech international VP of Sales (6.5 years), Skeeball International VP of Sales (4) years, Dave and Busters VP of Amusements (6.5 years) and continues to consult today in the amusement industry worldwide for Moute Point Inc as President and CEO for the last (17) years.

Lisa O’Neill

Speaker
Lisa O'Neill
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Feisty, funny and fabulous. Lisa O’Neill is an absolute beam of light that will electrify your conference. With the rare ability to deliver powerful messages through side-splitting humour, Lisa is highly sought after as a keynote speaker and MC across Australia and New Zealand.

After more than a decade on stage, Lisa is consistently top-rated in conference evaluations. Participants love her straight-talking, refreshing wisdom and infectious laughter. They respond to her call to live big lives and to become the best version of themselves.

Lisa is the author of five books, ‘Look Gorgeous Be Happy’, ‘Juggling in High Heels’, ’The Lickable Third’, ‘100 Questions to Self Awareness’ and ‘Everything You Want’. Her depth and continuing insights enable her to tailor her messages to your audience, your industry and your conference theme. Her pride in being a polished professional mean conference organisers love to work with her.

If you want a speaker who will crack open your audience with laughter so that they can absorb important, life-changing messages, then Lisa O’Neill is for you

Dan Pelson

COO
Area 15
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Operations Executive in the Entertainment Industry.

Leif Peterson

CEO/Founder
Hologate
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Through his illustrious 20+ year career working for many of the top studios specializing in visual effects, animation, interactive and immersive media, as well as running his own company, Leif has become a leading expert in the field. As founder and CEO of HOLOGATE he is leading the expansion of the market leading turnkey virtual reality platform for entertainment and enterprise. Until the end of 2019 the world’s largest location based VR network connects more than 300 systems in more than 25 co.

Joe Pine

Author & Speaker
Strategic Horizons
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B. JOSEPH PINE II is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to
Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He is cofounder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a
thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their
economic offerings.
In 2020 Mr. Pine and his partner James H. Gilmore re-released in hardcover The Experience
Economy: Competing for Customer Time, Attention, and Money featuring an all-new Preview to
their best-selling 1999 book The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage.
The book demonstrates how goods and services are no longer enough; what companies must offer today
are experiences – memorable events that engage each customer in an inherently personal way. It further
shows that in today’s Experience Economy companies now compete against the world for the time,
attention, and money of individual customers. The Experience Economy has been published in fifteen
languages and was named one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800ceoread (now Porchlight).
In 2011 Mr. Pine also co-wrote with Mr. Kim C. Korn Infinite Possibility: Creating Customer Value
on the Digital Frontier, which describes how to use digital technology to stage experiences that fuse the
real and the virtual. At its core is a new framework called the Multiverse that builds on the fundamental
nature of the created universe – time, space, and matter – by showing how digital technology flips each of
these dimensions on their head to create new worlds, first in our imagination and then in our experience.
In 2007 Mr. Pine wrote Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want with Mr. Gilmore, which
recognizes that in a world of increasingly paid-for experiences, people no longer accept the fake from the
phony, but want the real from the genuine. Amazon.com named it one of the top ten business books of
2007 while a cover story in TIME magazine cited it as one of “10 ideas that are changing the world”.
His first book was the award-winning Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business
Competition, which details the shift companies are making from mass producing standardized offerings
to mass customizing goods and services that efficiently fulfill the wants and needs of individual
customers. The Financial Times chose it as one the seven best business books of 1993.
Mr. Pine consults with numerous companies around the world, helping them embrace the ideas and
frameworks he writes about, develop concepts for creating more economic value, and see those concepts
become reality. In his speaking and teaching activities, Mr. Pine has addressed the World Economic
Forum, the original TED conference, and the Consumer Electronics Show. He has been a Visiting Scholar
with the MIT Design Lab and a Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He has also taught at
Penn State, Duke Corporate Education, the University of Minnesota, and UCLA’s Anderson Graduate
School of Management, and today is a Lecturer in Columbia University’s Master’s Program in
Technology Management in the School of Professional Studies. He serves on the editorial boards of
Strategy & Leadership and Strategic Direction, and is a Senior Fellow with both the Design Futures
Council and the European Centre for the Experience Economy, which he co-founded.
Prior to cofounding Strategic Horizons Mr. Pine held a number of technical and managerial positions with
IBM. He is a prolific writer, including articles for the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal,
Chief Executive, Worldlink, CIO, Strategy & Leadership, and the IBM Systems Journal, among many
others. He is frequently quoted in such places as Forbes, The New York Times, Wired, USA TODAY,
Investor’s Business Daily, ABC News, Good Morning America, Fortune, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and
Industry Week.

Joanna Popper

Global Head of LBVR
HP
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Joanna Popper is a Hollywood and Silicon Valley media executive with experience in TV, Digital, Film and VR/AR. She recently became HP’s Global Lead for Virtual Reality Location Based Entertainment. Prior she was the EVP of Media and Marketing at Singularity University, a Google-sponsored NASA-based company that trains leaders on emerging technology, and VP Marketing at NBCUniversal. Joanna developed a TV show partnership with NBC and Singularity University for “The Awesome Show,” a new broadcast TV series on tech and innovation produced by Mark Burnett with host Chris Hardwick. She is advising many immersive computing and digital media companies focused on VR gaming, holograms, haptic touch and video engagement as well as developing VR/AR content in the education and wellness spaces. She has spoken in the US and internationally on VR/AR, the future of media, retail, sports, journalism and diversity in tech. Joanna is on the Coalition for the Women in XR Fund and was selected as one of “50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment” by Take the Lead Women.

Michael Schreiber

CEO
FunLab
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I’m a naturally inquisitive person. People fascinate me. I enjoy learning about them – their strengths, their weaknesses, the journey they took to get where they are. I like identifying a great person for a role and helping them to be excellent. People are my passion.

Life should be fun. I want to be able to show people a great time – and that’s where Strike comes in. It’s a one-stop entertainment shop. It’s carefree and fun. We have that in common.

One of my favourite books is “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, appropriate given I feel as though my career is built on a journey of hitchhiking from country to country. I grew up in South Africa, where I studied Commerce before working for Bic Corp. I then moved to their New York office to gain international experience. It was then onto London where I further fine-tuned my skills in strategic thinking, innovation, leadership and mentoring. But my first foray into the entertainment industry was here, in Australia with Village Nine Leisure and then EDG Entertainment before setting up Strike Entertainment.

Big houses are built on great foundations. Creating substantial IP and gaining a great understanding of what works and what doesn’t was crucial. Armed with this knowledge, I set up Strike in 2002. It was an incredible journey, but nothing like the journey we’ve been on since.

The foundation is set and now it’s time to grow. To date, Strike has 12 venues and more in the pipeline. We have recently bought the franchise rights for Sky Zone for Asia Pacific – a high growth business model complementary to the Strike brand… and a whole lot of trampolines. In July 2015, we rolled Strike and Sky Zone up into Funlab, a company that is set to become an entertainment giant.

The Strike and Sky Zone journey is just kicking into second gear and I’m excited to be behind the wheel.

Terry R. Schussler

Global Head of XR and 5G
Deutsche Telekom
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Beth Standlee

CEO/Founder
TrainerTainment LLC
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Beth Standlee is the Owner and CEO of TrainerTainment and author of People Buy From People-How to Personally Connect in an Impersonal World. Beth and her company coach and train leaders and teams who want to grow in sales, service, and leadership in the entertainment industry. Her energy is boundless and focused, and her creativity and drive are the forces behind the successful sales career.

Beth’s sales experience spans more than two decades. In that time she has learned the know-how, know-when, and know-why of the exciting, evolutionary world of sales, service, and leadership.

Since 1995, Beth has worked on the front line of sales management, consulted facilities across the country, and sold capital equipment to the entertainment industry where her annual sales were in the millions. Her focus always has been to create sales made easy through excellent customer service.

Beth has spoken to local, national, and international audiences around the world as a featured speaker at Bowl Expo, IAAPA, IAAPA Europe, IATP, the International DEAL show in Dubai, and is a regular columnist for Replay Magazine as The Party Professor.

Mark Stuzman

CTO
Area 15
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Mark is an experienced entrepreneur and product executive with over 20 years experience delivering elegant, effective, scalable applications. As a digital strategist, product specialist and executive technologist, Mark plays a critical role in continually evolving strategic product and technical direction.

Mark’s focus throughout his career has been primarily on high-technology startups where he has held the roles of CEO, CIO, CTO, and CPO. Mark is the former CPO of Wylei an AI Marketing optimization company, CEO/CTO of Appmobi, CEO/CTO and founder of Digital Variant, CIO at PointOne, a clinical genetic startup, CTO at Bolt.com, and Executive Director of Technology at Outpost.com. Mark began his career at IBM, where he was responsible for building IBM’s first direct sales, online commerce site, ShopIBM.

Josh Sugarman

CXO
Bite.Delivery
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Josh leads experience producer Ravel and the newly formed Bite.Delivery, which is changing the face of food delivery through immersive story & game concepts like its Vampire (dot) Pizza. Josh began his entertainment career writing and then producing for New York-based TV & film producer The Tenafly Film Company. While with Tenafly, he developed projects with the BBC, NBC, ESI, ESQUIRE, NFL NETWORK & SNAPCHAT and ran & executive produced a documentary series based on the book MUST WIN. Josh is a graduate of Columbia Law School where he also studied with the MFA program, a New York Times published documentary photographer and a member of the California State Bar.

Chanel Summers

VP, Creative Development
VRstudios
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A pioneer in the field of interactive audio, Chanel Summers has been a respected game producer and designer, Microsoft’s first audio technical evangelist, and a member of the original Xbox team, having helped to design and support the audio system for that groundbreaking console and creating the first ever support team for content creators. An accomplished touring drummer, Chanel now owns and runs her own audio production and design company, Syndicate 17, specializing in sound design, music production and audio implementation for location-based attractions and virtual, augmented, & mixed reality products. Chanel also serves as a technical consultant to a number of organizations and innovative technology companies and lectures and educates around the world on subjects as diverse as the aesthetics of video game audio, world building, and secondary-level STEM education for young women.

Some of her recent work includes audio for MediaMation’s REACTIVR, first shown at IAAPA 2015; Intel Labs/5D Global’s Leviathan, featured and was an Official Selection at Sundance New Frontiers Festival 2016; VRstudios/VRcade’s Barking Irons, which debuted at CVR 2016; and the VR Experience (“The Repository”) for Universal Studios Orlando’s 2016 Halloween Horror Nights.

Chanel is also a lecturer and director of the Experimental Audio Design Lab at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, artistic director at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, primary faculty advisor at the Sony/USC Summer Associate Virtual Reality Innovation Program, a member of the World Building Institute, an associate member of the BAFTA VR Advisory Group, a member of the AudioVR Board of Advisors, a member of the Virtuosity VR team (a VR creative think tank and consulting/strategy organization) and a technology advisor and audio partner/provider to trailblazing virtual reality company VRstudios/VRcade.

Kevin Vitale

CEO and Chairman
VRstudios
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Kevin Vitale has over 30 years of proven leadership experience including CEO, COO, and President of emerging and established global technology companies. Vitale’s background has included decisive management of venture-backed and pre-IPO start-ups to publicly traded NASDAQ companies selling enterprise solutions to FORTUNE 500 corporations. He has led diverse teams and developers in creating new technologies that has run the gambit of IT infrastructure, enterprise solutions, hardware, network appliances, software development, virtualization, and peripherals. Vitale’s depth and breadth of experience has included worldwide operations, business turnaround, P&L management, and OEM manufacturing. He has spearheaded programs and operations in North and South America, Europe, and in the Asia Pacific region.

Renee Welsh

CEO
Embed
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Helix Software is an innovative award winning company with a portfolio of exciting products. Helix is building apps for out of home entertainment venues, activities and attractions globally and is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers. Solution Group brands include Embed and Booking Boss.

Randy White

CEO
White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group
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Randy White is the CEO of the White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group, one of the leading design and consulting firms in the location-based entertainment industry. Over the past 31 years the company has worked for clients in 37 countries in North and Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East on feasibility, design and production of experience destinations including entertainment, eatertainment, edutainment, agritourism and other types of leisure venues. Prior to moving into the entertainment and leisure industries, Randy was the developer of over 3.0 million SF of shopping centers and malls. Randy has a blog and the company publishes a Leisure eNewsletter.

Kevin Williams

Founder - The stinger Report
KWP Limited
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Kevin Williams – a leading specialist in the Immersive digital Out-of-Home entertainment industry, through his consultancy KWP Limited, specializing in interactive entertainment. Coming from a long career in the theme park, amusement and entertainment software industries, being an ex-Walt Disney Imagineer. Well known for his news service, The Stinger Report that has become a-must-read for those working or investing in the international market. Along with this, he is also a prolific writer with regular columns for the main trade publications in this market, along with presenting numerous conference sessions on the sector and its global impact. He is also the co-author of the only book on this aspect of the market, “The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier” – currently working on the next edition, schedule for publication soon. Kevin can be reached at kwp@thestingerreport.com.