As Thinkwell continues to invest in China and expand in Asia, Ryner will spearhead growth throughout region
BURBANK, CALIF. (Sep. 29, 2014) — Thinkwell Group, the worldwide experience design and production agency specializing in the creation and master planning of theme parks, destination resorts, major branded and intellectual property attractions, events & spectaculars, museums & exhibits, expos and live shows around the world, announced today the promotion of Ms. Kelly Ryner to the position of President of both Thinkwell Asia, Ltd. in Hong Kong and思客未来 Sī Kè Wèi Lái (Thinkwell’s Chinese entity) in Bejing, China. Ryner will be located full time in Beijing.
“The appointment of Kelly Ryner to President of Thinkwell Asia is the culmination of a long term growth strategy in the region,” said Joe Zenas, Chief Executive Officer of Thinkwell Group. “Kelly has been a key contributor to our success since the company’s inception in 2001. We are confident in her ability to build a significant business in Asia and will bring her entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic to bear on our growth there.”
Much of Thinkwell’s work in Asia in the past has been in the theme park and resort sectors, working for major studios, casino owners, and Fortune 500 companies wanting to expand their brand and intellectual properties overseas. More recently in China, Thinkwell has been partnering in the strategy, creation and development of new intellectual properties and projects for heritage attractions, educational experiences, theme parks and resorts with real estate developers including Zhonghong Group, Eontime, Le Song, Legend Tourism and Huayi Brothers Studios.
“I am incredibly honored and excited about this opportunity,” Kelly Ryner said. “We are building a presence in Asia that not only allows us to spearhead projects from China, but also support our award-winning creative, design and technical efforts from Los Angeles. Having been with Thinkwell for 13 years I’ve seen first hand what it takes to grow a company from four people to almost 200 employees and I am thrilled to take on this new challenge.”
“Kelly’s experience beginning 26 years ago as an artist and art director for Nickelodeon, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. followed by her move into business development gives her the unique perspective of understanding the project development lifecycle like few others,” said Francois Bergeron, Chief Operating Officer of Thinkwell. “With Kelly being promoted to be a principal in our companies in Asia as well as relocating to China, I can’t think of a better way to show our commitment to the relationships we’ve been fostering with our long-standing client base there.”
About Thinkwell Group
Founded in 2001, Thinkwell is a full-service experiential design and production firm that collaborates with its clients to envision, strategize and create immersive, one-of-a-kind guest experiences. Thinkwell creates and produces attractions, master plans, brand experiences, exhibits, live shows, and attractions for clients around the world. The award-winning company has become a leader in experiential design by bringing a unique holistic approach to every creative engagement, delivering extraordinary results to notable clients over the years, including Fortune 500 companies, studios, museums, theme parks and destination resorts. For more information visit: www.thinkwell.staging.work or www.thinkwellgroup.cn
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