23 August 2019 // JRA Culture

JRA Team Members to Speak at Conferences Around the World This Fall

Members of the JRA team will be keeping busy this fall, participating in six conference sessions from Paris to Seattle.

Topics of discussion range from retailtainment to visitor accessibility, career paths to sports of all sorts. Here is where JRA staff will be sharing their insights:

IAAPA Expo Europe (Paris, France)

“TEA Presents: Retailtainment (Part 1) – How Technology Can Interact with the Retail Experience”
Tuesday, September 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Featuring JRA Vice President, Shawn McCoy (pictured above at IAAPA Expo Asia 2019)
How can retail spaces at parks and Family Entertainment Centers learn from commercial retail? Discover what technologies can be applied to increase ROI of retail spaces.
Free with IAAPA Expo Europe registration.

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Clara Rice talks trends at SATE Europe 2018. Photo courtesy Themed Entertainment Association.

TEA SATE Conference (Seattle, USA)

“Come to Your Senses: Improving Access for Visitors with Vision or Hearing Disabilities”
Chaired and moderated by JRA Director of Communications, Clara Rice
As we create immersive environments that are increasingly visual and auditory, are we creating unintended barriers for visitors with vision or hearing disabilities?
Friday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m.

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Rick O’Connell shares a laugh with his son at the Mascot Hall of Fame. Photo credit: Charlie Simotaikis Photography

International Sports Heritage Association Conference (Wichita, USA)

“Lions & Tigers & Bears. Oh My! Creating America’s Most Unique Sports Hall of Fame”
Thursday, October 24 at 1:15 p.m.
Featuring JRA Senior Project Director, Rick O’Connell
The key collaborators who brought the Mascot Hall of Fame to life will present a fascinating look at how innovative design and fabrication techniques deepened the connection between sports fans and sports characters.

Shawn McCoy Emerging Trends Immersive Design

Shawn McCoy. Photo Credit: Bambino International 

MAPIC (Cannes, France)

“Leisure Workshops: Story-telling @ Work”
November 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Featuring Shawn McCoy
How can storytelling techniques from the attractions industry be used in today’s retail environments to attract new audiences, extend dwell times and increase consumer spending? Find out at this exciting panel taking place at Europe’s top retail conference.

IAAPA Expo (Orlando, USA)

“2019 Immersive Trends in Emerging Design – New Voices and Perspectives”
Monday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Chaired and moderated by Shawn McCoy
This exciting and informative session will explore some of the most incredible new projects at museums and live entertainment venues around the world.
Education conference badge required.

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Dan Schultz. Photo credit: Bambino International

IAAPA Expo (Orlando, USA)

“Young Professional: Welcome to the Industry Forum”
Tuesday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Featuring JRA Chief Operating Officer, Dan Schultz
Industry legend Dan Schultz will share wisdom and advice from his storied career.
Must be young professional age (18 to 35) to attend the session.

“We are delighted to have so many of our team members contributing to conferences in Europe and North America,” said Keith James, JRA Owner/Chief Operating Officer. “It’s really an honor that these highly respected conferences have called upon them to share their expertise, and I know that all of them are looking forward to sharing their insights on these various topics.”