Canton Connect Innovator Lunch - Joe Zenas, CEO at The Thinkwell Goup

On September 14th Canton Work Space is going to be hosting the next Canton Connect Innovator Lunch, a series of events that hosts a live teleconference with innovators and high ranking professionals from areas outside of Northeast Ohio. The guest speaker will introduce their companies or projects and what technologies and ideas they have been using to meet their goals and address challenges. Then the conference will be open to attendees to ask questions and have open discussions with the guest. Our guest this month is Joe Zenas, CEO of The Thinkwell Group.

Thinkwell is a global design and production firm centered around the creation of unique and compelling guest experiences. Headquarted in Los Angeles,  Thinkwell has grown over the last 17 years to include nearly 275 employees globally located in studios in Montreal, Beijing, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. With projects ranging from Theme Parks to Museums to Live Spectaculars, our multidisciplinary team of designers and content creators have partnered with world-class brands, studios, and developers to create compelling, immersive experiences and successful businesses.

Joe Zenas

CEO at The Thinkwell Group

Biography

As Thinkwell's Chief Executive Officer, Joe Zenas is responsible for leading the direction of the company as well as new growth opportunities, corporate strategies, strategic alliances, and intellectual property partnerships. From the magical world of Harry Potter to the historical Smithsonian Institution, his leadership has been instrumental in building Thinkwell’s reputation for masterfully dealing with some of the world’s most cherished brands and intellectual properties.

Mr. Zenas continues to be strategically involved with Thinkwell's growth and success in the Middle East, with a project record that includes the Snow Parks at Ski Dubai and Ski Egypt, the visitor center experience at Abu Dhabi's Wahat Al Karama Memorial, and the newly opened Warner Bros. World on Yas Island.   In addition to driving the company’s strategic growth in the EMEA region, Mr. Zenas also serves on the board of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) in Saudi Arabia, assisting in the expansion and diversification of the Kingdom's entertainment landscape under the direction of Vision 2030.

As a business leader, Mr. Zenas has been featured as an entrepreneurial innovator in Dell’s “Take Your Own Path” campaign and was named the Most Influential CEO of 2018 for Entertainment and Design by CV Magazine.

Prior to Thinkwell, Mr. Zenas worked as the Producer & Director of Universal Studios Creative Studio, a Producer for Walt Disney Entertainment & Disneyland, and an Events Producer for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games Ceremonies, Hong Kong 1997 Reunification Spectacular, and 10 Super Bowl Halftime/Pregame shows.

When: Sept 14th - 12pm
Where: Canton Work Space - 116 Cleveland Ave. NW #555, Canton, Ohio