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HIGHLIGHTS

Kimball Keller - ICAE

Entertainment Executive

Creative mindset along with years of live entertainment experience in senior level management including casting, contracts, operations, logistics, direction, show creation, show build and Technical Production, pyro, sound, lighting, rigging, design, creative team, visionary and more.

“Successfully turns ideas into major productions”. I know what it takes to put on a spectacular production and exactly how to make it happen.

 

 

Director of Park Operations

  • Administer day-to-day operations of all 3 parks and laid the groundwork for the 4th park under development, scheduled to open in March of 2022.

  • Develop job descriptions and help in hiring new corporate staff members, lead talent acquisition and retention activities, and ensure staffing models are appropriate and staffing needs are met.

  • Ensure each park complies with corporate vision and SOPs; incredible guest experience; policies are correctly interpreted and followed by all staff; parks maintain all safety standards with rides and following best practices ASTM, AIMS and IAAPA.

Tweetsie Rail Road -Wild West Theme Park

  • Oversaw all operations of the Western Theme Park with over 25 rides, 2 steam locomotives, 5 live shows, 8 F&B venues, 10 retail venues, operations and maintenance, new attraction creation and development, new construction, infrastructure, financial metrics oversight and planning for park growth, and audio and video oversight and direction. 

  • Proposed and planned overall vision, layout, and story to create new attraction track side for 2021, including land clearing, engineering and automation, new construction for water and moving runaway mine train with special effects, explosives, lighting sound and robotics; worth $285K.

  • Developed upper mountain plan and strategy for new family-style roller coaster addition in 2022 and oversaw land clearing, planning, and development of surrounding support venues.

  • Created safety videos, menu boards, marketing videos, and installed in que lines, retail and F&B venues within the park as well as developed and implemented new audio, video, and power project on the trains.

Artistic Director/GM Consultant  National Enquirer Live Attraction​

    Brought in to create crime scenes/layouts/props/lighting/sound direction/building oversight.

  • Creation of GM role and supporting documents/sop/recruitment/safety/life safety

  • Procurement of attraction props/necessary exhibit elements

  • Implementation of established creative direction

  • Oversight of staffing needs and planning.

  • Artistic and creative direction​​/Music selection and production for all exhibits

GM/Executive Producer 

Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Attraction/Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment

  • Responsible for both entertainment and revenue streams while maintaining show creation continuity

  • Oversight of contracts, entertainers, F&B, facilities, staffing, box office, ticketing, attractions, operations

  • Capital projects and budgets, forecasting

  • Safety Training, Competent Inspector, multi-venue All technical aspects including pyro, effects, lighting, sound, video, rigging

  • P&L for attraction with over 500,000 visitors annually

  • The executive leadership team develop insights and operational statistics to measure KPIs for continuous improvement recommendations

  • Set expectations for overall performance to hold the team accountable for meeting expectations to increase productivity.

  • Managing and directing the creative development process for new shows.

  • Rock-solid understanding of story creation and analysis, audience perspective, and interlacing the creative and workable to a finished product.

  • Analyze guest satisfaction reports and social media for known KPI to show satisfaction

  • Created a safety training program that reduced TOSHA fines after an accident by developing new safety standards for the company.

 

VP of International show operations and logistics

Family Entertainment 

  • Oversee all international show operations including casting, contracts, riders, transportation, shipping of equipment, contracts, show

  • creation, show build, theme park project planning including India, Dubai, China, and the US.

  • Work with clients to maximize profits while providing first-class entertainment.

  • Domestic Sponsorship packages and operations​.

Director of Operations 

"Valitar" Equestria Development

  • Transformed concept into traveling theatrical extravaganza with 75 show horses of all types; Handled all local, state and Federal compliance and permitting requirements."

  • Supervised build-out of a $4M tent that required two cranes and 30 riggers to erect the 12-beam structure in 4 days and 75 semi-trailers to transport to each venue.

  • Secured vendors and equipment; negotiated leases and capital contracts, insurance, horse transportation, veterinary"services, staff and talent, riders, and contracts.

  • Senior Creative Team member for show build, show continuity, show production, and welfare of all animal stock.

Consultant - Blue Sky Productions

Provided consulting services; conceptualized and produced colossal events.

  • Devised cost-effective strategies. Employed latest technology and cutting edge equipment and industry best practices.

  • Developed pricing to meet sponsor needs and ROI, based on gate and souvenir sales projections.

  • Produced marketing collateral (news releases, full-page color ads, print and TV media).

  • Establish KPIs, Capex, and EBITDA for long-term growth strategies.

  • New show development, creation, manage scriptwriters, scenery, wardrobe, the technical team including rigging, sound, lighting, hydraulics, safety, pyro, pool safety.

Head of Rigging

Criss Angel''s Believe/ Cirque du Soliel

  • Managed 15-member rigging crew, $500K annual budget, and $12M dollar roof/rigging revamp project.

  • Maintained all performance and rigging equipment, documentation, and monitored show operations.

  • Utilized MS Project, Visio, and Auto Cad to manage the design-build team.

  • Instituted an inspection process for analysis and maintenance scheduling.

  • Coordinate all show-related rigging issues, keeping cast safe, oversaw safety, and training to Keep Principal Star safe.

Production Manager / Operations Manager 

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.

  • Managed Red Unit (Animal, Train, Transportation, and Food Service) for 300 annual shows.

  • Monitored fleet during rail to fairground transfers—installed emergency lighting on all equipment. Oversaw 250–300 staff, safety, train movements and ensured adherence to Teamsters Union rules.

  • Handled logistics, strategic planning, risk management, finance, compliance, and human resources to ensure

       rational efficiency.