Call on the GW Group to guide and assist you through the creation of an outstanding, experiential guest experience for your museum, theme park, heritage center, science center, visitor center, themed retail, expo pavilion, FEC, planetarium or other visitor attraction. GW Group is headed by George Wiktor, who has 25 years' experience working with top companies in production and project management, on both the creative and the business side.

Qualifications


George Wiktor is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience producing and project management of custom designed theme parks, world’s fair pavilions, and cultural and educational complexes.  George has demonstrated major strengths in managing and integrating diverse project teams and completing quality projects on time and on budget;  he is a proactive problem solver with the highest degree of honesty, integrity and dependability; he has successfully completed projects both in the U.S. and the international marketplace;  and exhibited solid leadership and management skills in the following project phases:

· Creative Development - Program analysis, concept development, feasibility analysis, client interface`

· Design Development -Attraction concepts, design detail packages, value analysis, value engineering

· Project Management - Strategic planning, budget development and cost control, contract negotiation and management, scheduling, team building and staff management, vendor contracting, integration of creative and engineering disciplines

· Show/Media Production - Creative leadership and management of production, post-production and installation phases

 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2004 2010       Senior Producer
The Hettema Group, Pasadena, CA

            Visitor attraction design and production company


·         Lead the concept development for several projects including The Russian Jewish Museum in Moscow, Russia and “Beyond all Boundaries” an immersive theatrical presentation of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA.  Participated in the concept development of multiple domestic and international theme park and cultural projects.  Responsibilities included interaction with the clients, project estimating, proposal writing, coordinating with the project consultants and creative staff and producing the final presentation packages.

2004                Media Producer

            ShoConcepts - Creative Services, Los Angeles, CA

Visitor attraction and show production company


·         Produced all media for Paramount Parks’ “Magic of the Movies” stage show installed in all 5 Paramount Parks .

2003                Producer
Thinkwell Design and Production, Pasadena, CA

            Visitor attraction design and production company


·         Served as producer on Concept Development for MasterCard Signature Attractions at Universal Studio’s Theme Parks.

1984-2002       Sr. Vice President
BRC Imagination Arts, Burbank, CA
Visitor attraction design and production company

·         Responsible for primary client contact for projects, specifically for international market.
·         Successfully negotiated and managed over $ 65 million in project contracts
·         Managed and coordinated project teams of more than 250, including in-house and contract service force
·         Served as producer/production executive for 10 major international attraction/expo projects.
·         Responsible for all media production management services for more than 12 major media productions for worldwide clients including Toshiba, GM, Disney, VW, Mitsui and NASA. 
·         Instrumental in growing a 5-person film production company into an industry leading attraction design and production company.
·         Responsible for international sales valued at more than US$25 million.
·         Successfully developed new business opportunities and pursued new markets for the company’s services.
·         Developed corporate and project strategy plans
·         Developed and implemented company standards and procedures.
·         Set up and managed European branch office – BRC Amsterdam, Netherlands.


PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Concepts and Design Development Projects
·         Malaysia, Truly Asia Center, Cultural RD&E Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
·         Graceland Tour Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
·         Destination MGM, Entertainment Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE
·         National WWII Museum, Theatrical Presentation, New Orleans, LA
·         Russian Jewish Museum, Moscow, Russia
·         MasterCard Signature Attractions, Universal Studios
·         Mythos Theme Park Concept, Athens, Greece
·         VW Gläserne Manufaktür, Dresden, Germany
·         Space Park Bremen, Bremen, Germany
·         Tokyo City Expo 96, Tokyo, Japan
·         Ocean Park Aquarium, Bremerhaven, Germany

Production Management – Attraction and Media Projects
·         VW Gläserne Manufaktür, Dresden, Germany
·         Space Center Houston, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, USA
·         Expo 96 Mitsui Toshiba Pavilion, Tokyo, Japan
·         Expo 96 World City Theme Pavilion, Tokyo, Japan
·         Expo 93 Korea Airlines Pavilion, Teajon, Korea
·         Expo 92 General Motors, Seville, Spain
·         Expo 90 Mitsui Toshiba Pavilion, Osaka Japan

Media Productions
·         Paramount’s “Magic of the Movies” – HD media elements
·         “Postcards” – 360 Film for Korean Airlines
·         “Worldsong” USA Pavilion – 70 mm film for USA Pavilion
·         “To Be An Astronaut” – Large format film for NASA
·         “On Human Destiny” – 70 mm  film for NASA
·         “Roboshow” – Holavision Show for Mitsui Toshiba Pavilion
·         “Flower Planet” – Large format film for Mitsui Toshiba Pavilion
·         Team Work and Technology – 240 monitor wall for GM
·         Back to Neverland – 35 mm film for Disney
·         Classic Disney – 35mm film for Disney
·         Rainbow Warrior – 70mm film for CP Corp Pavilion
·         Spirit Lodge – Holavision show for GM Pavilion
·         Our British Columbia – 3 screen 35mm film for BC Pavilion
·         Drivers Lab – Interactive Exhibit for Chicago Museum

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

§  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Member since 1992
  • TiLE Conference Committee 1994 To 2001; Chairman - TiLE 1999
  • Themed Entertainment Association 1990 to present - President – 2001 -2002
  • TEA Summit Founder and Moderator – 2003 -2007
  • Thea Award Committee Member2003 - 2011 and Chairman - 2008

LANGUAGES
Fluent in English, French, Polish, basic Spanish, with hotel fluency in German and Japanese.

AWARDS 
Cine 1989, Cine 1990,  Houston International Film Festival Grand Prize Short Films,
Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - 2003, 2010

References upon request