Phil Hettema President - Creative Executive

Phil Hettema is the President and Creative Executive of The Hettema Group (THG).  With a distinguished 30- year legacy in themed entertainment, Phil leads a world class team of experience designers, architects, and media producers known for creating uniquely compelling guest experiences with great emotional resonance.  Notable projects include One World Observatory at One World Trade Center; the High Roller Observation Wheel at The LINQ, Las Vegas; and Beyond All Boundaries at the National World War II Museum, New Orleans.

Prior to forming his own company, Phil Hettema was Senior Vice President, Attraction Development for Universal Studios Theme Parks Worldwide for 14 years. He was responsible for the creative development of all major attractions and shows, including Terminator 2: 3D, Jurassic Park, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Backdraft and many more.  He oversaw master planning for all five Universal parks, including domestic and international expansion for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s PortAventura (Spain), and Universal Studios Japan, and, most notably, the conception and delivery of Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida.

Phil is an alumni of ArtCenter College of Design, instructed courses at the institution and endowed a scholarship for Enivronmental Design.  He has been a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, USITT, IAAPA, KIN, ICOM, SIGGRAPH, and at the TED Conference. Phil holds four patents for entertainment technology solutions and has been honored with numerous Thea awards from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) including Theas for One World Observatory (2016), Beyond All Boundaries (2010), FiestAventura (2000), The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (2000), Universal’s Islands of Adventure (2000), and Terminator 2:3D (1997).

Anthony Pruett Senior Vice President – Operations

Anthony Pruett joined The Hettema Group in 2008 as a project director with more than 25 years of experience managing the design and construction of tourism, hospitality, and retail projects. Anthony brings extensive on-site project and construction management experience in Asia, the Middle East, and North America to all THG projects.


Prior to THG, Anthony was involved in assignments that included the Ferrari Theme Park in Abu Dhabi, the Desert Diamond Hotel and Casino in Tucson, AZ, and a wide variety of Las Vegas-based projects. In addition, Anthony project managed a design expansion of the Gardens Shopping Mall in Dubai, U.A.E., the Durban Film City in Durban, South Africa, the Exterior Show Pavilion/MS Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Mississippi, as well as projects in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines. Pruett also served as technical advisor to the Abu Dhabi government for a range of projects in the emirate.


Anthony’s career in the entertainment industry began with a stint at Spectra Entertainment, where select clients included the Sands Hotel (Atlantic City, NJ), Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, and Microsoft. Anthony possesses a rare blend of artistic talent and business savvy that make him a true renaissance man. He received an MFA degree in theatrical design from the California Institute of the Arts and is also an attorney, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2006. Anthony is also a member of the Themed Entertainment Association International Board of Directors and an AYSO13 soccer referee.

Kelley Ritch General Manager

Having worked on numerous show sets both domestically and internationally, Kelley is a producer/project manager with more than 20 years of experience in creative based projects. Before transitioning into themed entertainment, Kelley’s career began in the film/television industry, which ingrained in her the driving force of production schedules and the ability to achieve success within budget limitations. Kelley has held key roles in major entertainment projects, and her diverse project exposure makes her uniquely qualified to run multifaceted projects, guaranteeing any project she takes on will be realized beyond all expectations.

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts queue scenic show set, Universal Studios Orlando

Optimus Prime marquee figure, Transformers attraction, Universal Studios Orlando

Cirque du Soleil, “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” scenic show set

Taylor Swift 2011, “Speak Now” concert tour scenic show set

Katy Perry 2011, “California Dreams” concert tour scenic show set

“Lights! Camera! Action!” special effects theater, Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World/Sentosa

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage scenic show set, WDI/Disneyland Resort

Steve Cathell Director of IT

Steve’s 30-year career in Information Technology began while working at Defense Contractors in Washington DC.  He did coding for the Navy Fleet Modernization Program.  Steve moved to Southern California to lead IT at the Broadcast Center for the Armed Forces Radio and Television program.  After 9 years, he started working with telecommunications company Accurate Telecom, overseeing the company’s transition from Digital Service Offerings to Voice over IP Services. In 2014 he began at The Hettema Group, heading the IT Department, managing expansion in size and scope of services.  Steve enjoys the outdoors, gardening and all things cars.

EDUCATION:

Technical Certification, CLC, Springfield, VA

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Fiber Optic Network Build, Broadcast Center AFRTS, Sun Valley, CA

VoIP Conversion Management, ATI, Van Nuys, CA

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