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For the past six years, industry veterans have gathered to hear industry leaders speak about the role that faith plays in their lives. Past events have included leaders like Sea World CEO Joel Manby, former Disney Imagineers Theron Skees and Dave Durham. Last year the event featured former Sea World chief creative officer Anthony Esparza.

This year the trend continues with Herschend Enterprises chair Chris Herschend. Chris will speak about contagious giving and his role as Herschend’s chair of the board of directors. This free event includes a breakfast and is generally a great way to network with like-minded individuals in the attractions industry.

In addition to his role at Herschend, Chris Herschend is active in several industry and community circles, including IAAPA, where he is a member of the Applause Board of Governors and has served on numerous committees and advisory boards; Passion City Church (Atlanta); and is an active speaker and thought leader on family business governance and strategy. Current and past affiliations include serving as Executive in Residence at the John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg, as an independent director of E. Ritter & Company, as a Trustee of the Ida and Cason Callaway Foundation, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Whitefield Academy, and as chair of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) Global Family Business Network.

Chris’ career experience outside Herschend includes The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Communications, and the direct investment arm of a private family office. Chris earned his BA from Emory University and later returned for his MBA at Emory’s Goizueta Business School.

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Time: 8:30am to 10:30am

Location: Orange County Convention Center – North Hall

Room: N320ABCD


Event Sponsors: Herschend Enterprises, Storyland Studios, PSX-Inc., and Unclaimed Baggage

About Herschend Enterprises
Herschend Enterprises is recognized as the world’s largest family-owned themed attractions company. Its 12,000+ employees collectively entertain 15 million annual guests at more than two dozen family entertainment brands across North America including Dollywood® Parks & Resorts, Silver Dollar City Attractions®, Kentucky Kingdom®, Wild Adventures®, Vancouver Aquarium®, Adventure Aquarium®, Newport Aquarium®, Callaway Resort & Gardens®, The Harlem Globetrotters®, Splash & Bubbles®, Chuggington®, and Pink Adventure Tours®.

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