Pleasant Grove, UT (PRWEB) July 07, 2014
EVERMORE ADVENTURE PARK announced today the hiring of Steven Shaiken as its Chief Operations Officer (COO). Mr. Shaiken has over 40 years of experience in the destination-branded entertainment arena having worked for such high profile organizations as Universal Parks & Resorts, Royal Caribbean International, and the Starwood and Hilton hotel chains. In addition, Mr. Shaiken was President of Smithsonian Business Ventures in Washington, DC.
As Senior Vice President of Global Retail at Universal Parks & Resorts through 1999-2005, Mr. Shaiken’s responsibilities covered resorts in Orlando and Japan, which generated merchandise revenues of over one billion USD annually.
Most recently, Mr. Shaiken served as the Executive Managing Director at Adventure World Warsaw where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the project, including marketing, revenue management, food service, hotel management, park operations, and staff recruitment. Adventure World Warsaw is a planned $800mm USD mega project – the first of its kind in Central Eastern Europe.
“If you’ll forgive the pun, things are really moving and ‘Shaiken’ at EVERMORE,” said Ken Bretschneider, Founder and CEO. “I can’t overstate the significance of adding Steven to our management team. His experience in operating and consulting for some of the world’s largest entertainment brands and theme parks is invaluable in the development and roll out of EVERMORE.”
Mr. Shaiken will initially oversee development of EVERMORE’s operational structure and procedures, along with taking an active role in reviewing the park’s design and guest experiences. In addition Mr. Shaiken will oversee corporate sponsorships and will assist in other fund raising activities.
“I am absolutely thrilled to join the EVERMORE team,” Steven Shaiken said. “What attracted me most to the position is Ken’s vision for EVERMORE. It will be one of the most unique and ground-breaking immersive entertainment experiences in the world.”
ABOUT STEVEN SHAIKEN:
Steven has been married to his wife Debra for 30 years and has one daughter Stephanie, who lives in the greater Los Angeles area. Steven was an active volunteer and board member for a number of charitable organizations such as Shepherd's Hope and Give Kids the World. He and his wife are dedicated to a number of extremely worthwhile causes. He currently resides in Saint George, Utah and Marina Del Rey, California.
EVERMORE ADVENTURE PARK is an evolution in immersive location based entertainment. Designed as a Victorian era European village, guests will be transported to a World of Fantasy, Wonder and Enchantment! Evermore changes with the seasons; during “Summer Fest”, Evermore presents the “Carnival of Wonders,” an event-driven season, featuring acrobatics, dance, theater, and music. “Autumn Fest” will transform Evermore into the world’s largest and most elaborate Haunted Experience called “Ripper’s Cove.” During “Winter Fest”, “An Evermore Christmas” will welcome guests into a timeless Fantasy Christmas Spectacular. The adventures our guests will experience are limitless. The new park is located on 60 acres in Pleasant Grove, Utah surrounded by the majestic Wasatch Mountains. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2014 with a Phase-1 introduction opening in the fall of 2015.