Kelley Ritch General Manager

Having worked on numerous show sets both domestically and internationally, Kelley is a Producer/Project Manager specializing in creative based projects with over 15 years of experience. 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 some major entertainment projects and the diverse project exposure makes her uniquely qualified to run multifaceted projects and guarantees any project she takes on will be realized beyond all expectations.

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

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

Universal Studios Orlando, Optimus Prime Marque Figure, Transformers Attraction

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

Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World/Sentosa, Lights, Camera, Action , Special Effects Theater/Show Set

WDI/Disneyland Resort, Finding Nemo, Scenic show set

Jared Peter Senior Producer

Jared comes to The Hettema Group after serving as the Production Manager at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. While at the Dolby, Jared worked on the integration of complex productions such as The Oscars, AFI Fest, AFI Honors and a wide range of events including major movie premieres and theatrical productions. Previously, he worked as a Producer on the schematic and detail design phases of Bollywood Park in Dubai; which opened in November 2016. In the 8 years prior, he worked exclusively with Cirque du Soleil on the production and creation phases of three major productions: The Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas; ZAiA in Macau, China and IRIS in Los Angeles.

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

The Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas

The 87th and 88th Academy Awards

 Bollywood Park in Dubai

Jeff Crocker Producer

Jeff is a creative producer who shepherds projects in all phases, from concept to installation, utilizing his logistical mind to drive the project and his creativity to adapt quickly to the dynamics of experiential design.
His experience ranges from make-up effects fabrication for film, visual effects producer for television, and projection mapping animation, to project managing a wide array of attractions and exhibits, both grand and boutique in scale.

Project clients include Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios Hollywood, Guide Dogs for the Blind Foundation, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, California Science Center, and GES.

In his free time, he is probably building something in his garageshop with his daughter.

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Once Upon a Time fireworks spectacular, Tokyo Disneyland, Japan

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, Playa Vista, CA

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Anaheim, CA and Orlando, FL

EDUCATION:

B.A. in English, California State University Long Beach

Jodi Roberdes, AIA Director of Architecture

Jodi has played an integral role in many architectural and interior design projects for The Hettema Group since 2009, including Dragons Wild Shooting at Lotte World, the Malaysia Truly Asia Centre, The High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas, DreamWorks Water Park, Meadowlands and was Lead Architectural Designer for the One World Observatory experience at the World Trade Center in New York City. She is currently in charge of the architectural design for a major theme park in Asia.

Jodi was Director of Design at Scenery West Design & Construction, creating turnkey projects involving multiple disciplines, specialty consultants, architectural facility interface and show integration. She was responsible for projects including Sony’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ attraction, Japan; Sea World’s Circ de la Mer Attraction, San Diego; Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Wild! 8-acre expansion; five GameWorks Entertainment Centers throughout the U.S., and Oakley Flagship Stores.  As Senior Associate at JKI International Architectural & Planning, Jodi executed multiple design/build projects domestically as well as interior entertainment facilities and attractions internationally. Jodi was consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, assisting with exteriors and interiors for Disney’s California Adventure.

EDUCATION:

B.A., Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

M.A.,Urban Design and Planning Technical University, Athens, Greece

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, New York City

High Roller Observation Wheel, Las Vegas

Justine Huseth Senior Producer

Possessing a rare combination of analytical thinking and creativity, Justine is a proven leader of complex and ambitious projects in the U.S. and abroad. She brings to THG a lifelong passion for rich and engaging content, as well as an intuition for collaborating with international clients and vendors. These talents are backed by academic training in anthropology and a prior career as a writer and producer in broadcast television. Justine’s television production experience engrained in her the tenacity to solve any problem, on time and on budget. 

EDUCATION:

B.S. Anthropology & Spanish, Boston University

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

The Crystal Pavilion at The Galaxy Integrated Resort in Macau, SAR

Unannounced Project in Design and Production, Galaxy Entertainment, Macau, SAR

The Freedom Theater, National WWII Museum, New Orleans, USA

Broadcast Content for Networks such as: Netflix, National Geographic, Oxygen, NBC, Fox, ABC, etc. 

 

 

Laura Garrett Design Manager

Laura’s first experience visiting Las Vegas, at age 8, forever changed her by showcasing the endless possibilities of spatial experience, the magic that can be generated in highly themed spaces and how that transforms our perception. After receiving a BFA in Interior Design from the California College of Arts, she left San Francisco to head to Los Angeles for a chance to create highly unique and distinctive spaces. Eleven years later with The Hettema Group, Laura is now a design manager, providing overall direction of the graphic design department and creating presentations to reflect the creative stories THG tells and the experiences they create.

EDUCATION:

B.A., California College of the Arts

A.A., Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Notable Project:

One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, New York City

High Roller Observation Wheel, Las Vegas

 

Sunnie Burke Executive Architect

Sunnie is a licensed architect who has worked on a wide variety of building projects, including residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. For over 15 years, Sunnie has created comprehensive design packages for themed entertainment projects. Her production management skills have been a key factor for many projects staying on schedule and within budget.

EDUCATION:

B.S., School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

M.A., Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Disneyland Resort

Universal Studios: Singapore, Japan, Hollywood

Warner Bros:  The Making of Harry Potter, England

Veronica Tse Business Development Associate

Veronica is often the first contact new clients have with The Hettema Group. As our Business Development Associate, she pursues new creative collaborations and acts as a client advocate, communicating the vision and needs of each client to the project team. Her role is informed by her unique background in both business and production. Veronica began her career in the events industry, before entering the world of themed entertainment. While working at BRC Imagination Arts, she was part of Thea Award-winning design team for the “Stories of the Bible” experience at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. From there, she went on to the Thinkwell Group’s Business Development team, where she successfully forged strategic partnerships and secured projects around the world. In her spare time, Veronica takes singing lessons, learns how to cook the foods of her people, volunteers at the cat rescue, and implements sustainable practices in her community.

AWARDS:

2020 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Museum Exhibit, The Hebrew Bible Experience

EDUCATION:

B.A. Psychology, University of Southern California; minors in Science Visualization & Cinematic Arts, USC School of Cinematic Arts

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, Leavesden, UK

Niagara Parks, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, GA

Google, Multiple locations

San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA

Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.

 

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