TEA enters transition as COO Jennie Nevin departs

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that chief operating officer Jennie Nevin is stepping down after seven years, effective November 30, 2020. Nevin will consult with the TEA during the transition period toward new leadership.

Since Nevin joined TEA in 2013, the Association has reached new milestones in many aspects of its operations and programming, including membership growth, member services, brand identity, financial stability, internal organization, staffing, and global awareness. During her tenure, Jennie Nevin stewarded the Association to achieve its goals of financial recovery, stability and to reach new levels of sponsorship and membership growth.

Nevin’s work enabled TEA to eliminate its debt, significantly increase annual income, establish a large operational reserve, more than quadruple its membership, expand its sponsorship base, and dramatically enhance the quantity and quality of its member events worldwide. She also took steps to foster a greater emphasis on diversity within the association.

Nevin led the development of several new policies and procedures. This development included the introduction of board governance training, as well as the establishment of code of conduct, antitrust, and conflict of interest policies.

She also worked to elevate the TEA brand, spearheading the creation of a new website, logo, and brand guidelines, as well as raising the profile of the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, TEA Summit and Thea Awards, and global SATE conferences.

In response to the global pandemic, Nevin successfully pivoted the Themed Entertainment Association’s programming from in-person to virtual, helping to produce over 55 TEA Digital events, including the inaugural Thea Awards Digital Case Studies.

She also drafted guidelines to safely reintroduce in-person events when appropriate, made the TEA Job Board free of charge to companies and job seekers, and worked to extend memberships for those companies and individuals financially struggling.

Nevin will assist in executing the current initiatives of the TEA, while a member of the TEA Headquarters staff will manage the day-to-day functionality of the Association. An Executive Search Committee is in the process of formulation, led by incoming TEA International Board President, Chuck Fawcett of Animax Designs.

“It has been an honour to serve the Association and its members worldwide for the past seven years,” said Nevin. “I care deeply for the TEA and for the leaders and members who have supported me throughout my time here, and I know there is a bright future ahead.”

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