Upcoming I’M4FUN Podcast Episodes

Episode 13: I'M4FUN....A perspective on product changes, consumer expectations, and safety in the amusement and waterpark industry

Guest: Franceen Gonzales, Chief Experience Officer - WhiteWater West Industries

Episode 13 of the ITPS I’M4FUN Podcast with Dennis Speigel airs on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, beginning at 10:00am EST. The special guest is Franceen Gonzales, Chief Experience Officer with WhiteWater West Industries. Franceen’s background in senior roles with Great Wolf Resorts and Six Flags, coupled with her 7+ years with WhiteWater, has catapulted her to be twice named to Blooloop’s Top 50 theme park influencer list. Franceen is known throughout the industry as a significant advocate of safety for the amusement industry. She was named Chairwoman of ASTM’s F-24 Committee, the first woman to hold that position. At WhiteWater, Franceen works tirelessly to oversee project development in a way that ensures the customer journey is the highest priority. Join Dennis live as he and Franceen have a frank and honest discussion about not only the waterpark sector, but our industry as a whole in terms of product changes, consumer expectations, and safety.

Previous I’M4FUN Podcast Episodes

Click to Watch Episode 12
EPISODE 12: Creating a superior guest experience in any leisure venue and how the animal, museum, and attractions segments of our industry are adapting their business model to survive

Guest: David Rosenberg - Vice President of Guest Experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California
Click to Watch Episode 11
EPISODE 11: A look into the global attractions industry in Europe and the Middle East, with unique insight from the supplier side

Guest: Jeroen Nijpels - Owner & Managing Director of JNELC
Click to Watch Episode 10
EPISODE 10: The foundations of successful Food and Beverage programs and what the incoming chair of IAAPA envisions for the future

Guest: Ken Whiting, President of Whiting’s Foods
Click to Watch Episode 9
Episode 9: How “Give Kids the World Village”, a non-profit organization, makes dreams come true with the support of generous donors, community partners, and volunteers, as well as with IAAPA support

Guest: Ms. Pamela Landwirth, President & CEO - Give Kids the World
Click to Watch Episode 8
Episode 8: How our leisure industry historically rebounds after significant setbacks; an industry leader’s look at the current status of amusement and theme park operations.

Guest: Richard A. Zimmerman, President & CEO of Cedar Fair
Click to Watch Episode 7
Episode 7: The Leisure and Attractions Industry in England and in Europe, a short and long term outlook on the road to recovery

Guest: Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Click to Watch Episode 6
Episode 6: "How the European Attractions Market has taken steps to address 2020 challenges and seize opportunities for the short and long term……from both an operator and manufacturer perspective."

Guest: Roland Mack, Managing Director at Europa-Park
Click to Watch Episode 5
Episode 5: "Covid has changed our world and created challenges for all of us. Are there opportunities within this environment? Any key learnings from our experiences?"

Guest: Jane Cooper, President & Chief Operating Officer - Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE)
Click to Watch Episode 4
Episode 4: The Mexican/Latin American Attractions Industry Outlook, Current Status and Short-Long Term Forecast

Guest: Rene Aziz, CEO & President of Grupo Divertido 
Click to Watch Episode 3
Episode 3: Global Water Park Changes, Challenges, and Trends

Guest: Rick Hunter, Chairman and CEO, Proslide Technology, Inc.
Click to Watch Episode 2
Episode 2: Attraction Design Challenges in a New Operating Era

Guest: Keith James, Owner & CEO, JRA
Click to Watch Episode 1
Episode 1: How Covid-19 is Impacting Vendors & Suppliers

Guest: Jim Seay, President & Owner, Premier Rides

I'm4Fun...with Dennis Speigel

The ups and downs of the theme park and amusement industry can sometimes be hard to navigate, but the outcome is great reward, fun, and seeing smiles on people’s faces! Dennis Speigel, the Founder & CEO of International Theme Park Services (ITPS), has loved and served the amusement, theme park, and leisure industry for more than 50 years. He started as a ticket taker at age 13 and never looked back. His firm, ITPS, has been involved with over 500 projects in 50 countries. To his friends and collaborators, Dennis is often known as “Mr. Theme Park”. During each ITPS “I’m4Fun” podcast, Dennis engages with industry colleagues in a fun, entertaining, and motivating way. If you are an operator, supplier, or developer, no matter where you are in the world, you know first-hand about struggles, challenges, and successes you face. You know what works and what doesn’t work. Through honest conversations with industry leaders and peers, Dennis dives into behind-the-scenes stories and uncovers insights that speak to every aspect of the industry we all love. If you love the industry and all it stands for, come join Dennis in this illuminating journey.

The “I’M4FUN” ITPS podcast covers all important aspects of our industry, including theme parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, technology, leadership and management, sponsors, human resources, design, successes and failures, financial concerns, safety issues, operational aspects, and much more. These conversations will also be from various perspectives and will cover the globe in terms of participation.

Audio Podcasts available on Anchor, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Radio Public, Overcast and more.  

Feasibility Analysis - Design / Masterplanning - Pre-Opening Operations Planning - Management

International Theme Park Services, Inc.
International Theme Park Services, Inc.

Contact ITPS

International Theme Park Services, Inc. 
2195 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
United States of America
Phone: 513-381-6131