Adds Mark Salchli as Director of Engineering; David Cline as Director of Sustaining Engineering & Manufacturing; Mike Rives as Attraction Technical Design Director
ORLANDO, Fla. (September 11, 2018) – ITEC Entertainment Corporation, an industry leader of worldwide entertainment solutions, today announced three new additions to its team, hiring Mark Salchli as Director of Engineering, David Cline as Director of Sustaining Engineering & Manufacturing, and Mike Rives as Attraction Technical Design Director, to further strengthen the Entertainment Technology division of the company. Their expertise in building the complex technological backbone and technical elements of theme park rides and attractions will help drive new business for ITEC and ensure clients surpass safety standards.
Mark Salchli brings over 25 years of experience to the company as an innovative and highly accomplished director in disciplines such as engineering, safety, resource management, and team development. At ITEC, Mark is responsible for all stages of design for various control systems required to safely operate an attraction from inception through final construction and customer acceptance. His team works collaboratively with ITEC’s fabrication and installation teams to integrate the control systems within each location. Mark’s work also includes leading extensive training with clients to ensure that attractions are operated and maintained for maximum enjoyment and minimal downtime.
David Cline has nearly 20 years of professional experience in entertainment technologies such as audio, video and projection, including 12 years with The Walt Disney Company. Under David’s supervision, his team manufactures the various entertainment systems that are designed and engineered by ITEC. Once manufactured, David’s team interconnects the systems for extensive factory testing and installs the equipment in the attractions. David’s team is also responsible for client-side sustaining engineering support, as well as annual maintenance services for the systems.
Mike Rives has over 35 years of experience in developing entertainment technology systems and elements for attractions, as well as managing the technical design teams. Mike is responsible for overseeing ITEC’s Technical Directors that are tasked with leading the overall technical design of the attractions, ensuring that all technology is customized to the needs of the attraction and the facilities are appropriately designed to support the technology. Mike’s team is also in charge of special effects design and integration, show action equipment, and animated figures for the attractions, whether done in-house or subcontracted to specialty vendors. The Technical Directors collaborate closely with the ITEC engineering team and subcontracted vendors to ensure all the entertainment technologies work together perfectly in the attraction. Prior to ITEC Entertainment, Mike spent 15 years as a Telecommunications Manager at AT&T, and 15 years working as Technical Director for various themed entertainment companies including Universal Studios Florida, Japan, and Hollywood.
“Theme parks and attractions are increasing in immersion, spectacle, and complexity, and thus require constant improvement to the technological systems and innovation that bring these elements to life,” said Steve Alkhoja, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Technologies at ITEC Entertainment. “Mark, David and Mike will be instrumental in maintaining our dominant position in the market for developing the most flexible and cost-effective solutions that are safe, sustainable, and keeping pace with park operator needs.”
ITEC’s Entertainment Technologies division develops the technical design, media production, systems engineering manufacturing for many iconic attractions around the world, including Fast & Furious – Supercharged and Harry Potter – Escape from Gringotts in Universal Studios Florida.
For more information on ITEC Entertainment and their latest design and engineering projects, visit ITEC.com. ITEC Entertainment Corporation, an industry leader of worldwide entertainment solutions, announces that construction has begun on a major mixed-use and entertainment complex in Harbin, China. ITEC Entertainment is providing master planning and concept design services for Harbin Paradise Park and what will become the first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attraction located in China. ITEC Entertainment’s services will include attraction identity and story treatments to be delivered and experienced throughout the attractions’ rides, exhibits, displays, branding, and activities that extend into all interior and exterior environments.
Harbin Paradise Park will team the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attraction with two other major themed attraction areas in the development to form a major local and visitor entertainment destination in Harbin. Rainforest Bay Aqua Park – a multi-story indoor water park with pools and caverns, cabanas and multiple slides, zip lines, and elevated activity gazebos – will cater to entire families of wet adventure seekers. Aiming to draw shoppers after their Ripley’s and water park experience will be a commercial sector, with nearly a mile of storefronts inspired by world continents.
“ITEC Entertainment is grateful for the longstanding relationship we have had with the legendary Ripley Entertainment brand,” said ITEC President, Bill Coan. “That trust combined with the strength of our joint venture partnership with Shanghai Xian Dai/Arcplus Group will ensure a thrilling and rewarding guest experience.” Rainforest Bay Aqua Park and the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attraction areas are slated for a 2019 opening.