Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Steve Birket of Birket Engineering will be next TEA International Board President



Steve Birket
Burbank, Calif USA – The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that its next International Board President will be Steve Birket, PE, of Birket Engineering. Birket officially became TEA President-Elect by a unanimous vote of the Board on May 13. In November, he will succeed sitting President Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions in the position.

Steve Birket has been active within TEA for more than 10 years, and part of the leadership since 2006, serving with the TEA Eastern Division Board two years as Secretary and two years as President, and then stepping up to the TEA International Board, where he currently serves as Treasurer.

“There has never been a more exciting time for TEA,” says Birket. “The number of themed entertainment projects in development has never been greater, and the world looks to our industry for solutions. Growth, technology, and creativity make the possibilities boundless.”

As Director of Birket Engineering, Steve is responsible for the company's business development and industry relationships. Birket Engineering is a system integrator, designing and producing the hardware & software controlling some of the world’s best known rides & shows. Steve Birket has worked in themed entertainment since 1979 and has held project management, engineering, and entertainment positions at Universal Studios and The Walt Disney Company.

He holds an MBA from Rollins College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is licensed as a Florida Professional Engineer and Florida Limited Energy Systems Specialist, and as an FAA Private Pilot.

Says Christine Kerr, “Steve Birket is ideally suited to be TEA's next President and take a larger role in helping steer the organization on its current path of growth and international expansion. Steve and his company are part of the fabric of our global community. He has been very active in the Asia-Pacific region, where our industry is growing the fastest. His knowledge and experience of visitor attractions is wide-ranging, including the entertainment and cultural sectors, museums, large scale show installations, and theatrical production. As a business development professional, he understands TEA's directive to serve the needs of membership. In addition, he is universally liked. His calm demeanor and engaging personality will serve us well as he takes on the challenges of leading TEA.”

Steve Birket, TEA President-Elect and Jennie Nevin, TEA COO, along with many other TEA members, will attend the IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo in Beijing June 18-20; TEA and the TEA Asia Pacific Division will exhibit and hold a reception there. Details here.

About TEA
The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit alliance founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, Calif. Some 1,000 TEA members represent roughly 8,000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working in 30 US states and 40 different countries. TEA presents the annual Thea Awards and the TEA Summit and hosts the annual SATE Conference (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience). TEA also produces a variety of print and electronic publications, including the TEA/AECOM Theme Index, TEA Annual Directory and Thea Awards Program magazine. Visit www.teaconnect.org.

Media inquiries: Contact Judith Rubin, judy@teaconnect.org