Ezra Perez


William Alton Director of Project Management Thoughtful, versatile, and dynamic project director with 15+ years’ experience working with and guiding creative project teams from concept to delivery. Accustomed to managing multi-disciplinary teams to deliver world class one of a kind attractions on accelerated time tables in logistically challenged environments as the Owners representative. Projects completed total $1.1B over a 15 year period. NOTABLE PROJECTS  Fast and Furious: Supercharged, Universal Studios Hollywood, California The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida Velocicoaster, Universal Studios Orlando, Florida Back to team

Nichole Garza


William Alton Director of Project Development As the Director of Project Development, Nichole collaborates with clients in the earliest stages of development, understanding their goals and needs, and these into phases of design that lay the foundation for creatively and commercially successful experiences. Nichole brings over 15 years of experience in themed entertainment, live theatrical productions, and world-renowned events from both Production and Business Development perspectives. She brings the blend of these experiences to her work collaborating closely with clients and project teams, guiding the design process to create unique and memorable experiences that are aligned with clients’ vision and goals. Nichole spent many years touring with Ringing Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus, eventually serving as the Director of Production. In this role, she was responsible for guiding the creative development of new shows, bridging the expertise of artists from the live entertainment community with the unique and particular needs of a real life three ring circus. This experience has given Nichole a broad perspective, experience working with exceptionally diverse teams and bridging the worlds of technicians, artists and acrobats, uniting them around a common vision and leading the path forward. Nichole has worked with a diverse array of clients throughout the themed entertainment and live entertainment communities including Dragone, Prince’s Paisley Park, Universal Studios, City Football Group, and The National WWII Museum. Back to team

Jared Peter


William Alton Senior Producer Prior to joining THG, Jared was Production Manager at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood where he worked on the integration of complex productions including the Oscars, AFI Fest, AFI Honors, and a wide range of live events, major movie premieres, and theatrical productions. Prior to that he worked as Producer on the schematic and detail design phases of Bollywood Park in Dubai. In the eight years before the Dolby, he worked exclusively with Cirque du Soleil on the production and creation of three major productions: The Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas; ZAiA in Macau, China; and IRIS in Los Angeles. NOTABLE PROJECTS Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles LOVE, Las Vegas 87th & 88th Academy Awards Bollywood Park, Dubai Back to team

Annie Cantele


William Alton Project Manager Annie started her career in theme park project management where she developed a reputation for strong partnership and a diverse skill set. Known as the swiss army knife of her previous teams, Annie dives headfirst into every challenge thrown in her direction as she focuses on enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of project management workflows. Career highlights include delivery of VelociCoaster wearing many hats: construction management, project controls, graphic design, fabrication, and install management. Annie is now pivoting her focus to design project management, bringing her interdisciplinary background and passion for process improvement to deliver client projects on-time and on-budget. EDUCATION Dual B.S. Design, Innovation, & Society/Industrial & Management Engineering; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NOTABLE PROJECTS Pandora: The World of Avatar, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Raptor Encounter, Universal’s Islands of Adventure VelociCoaster, Universal's Islands of Adventure Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast, Universal Studios Florida Back to team

Brian Russell


William Alton Project Coordinator Brian attended Chapman University where he double majored in Strategic & Corporate Communication and Theatre Technology. While studying, he began his career through freelance digital media design and broadcast engineering, as well as working for the Disneyland Resort in their lodging and entertainment departments. At THG, Brian combines his passion for communication and technology to oversee various projects, serving as the communication conduit for vendors, independent contractors, and the client. Whether he is monitoring meetings, transmitting documents, or creating digital and physical presentation assets, he is delighted to help create experiences that transport audiences to new worlds through impactful storytelling that creates a cathartic impact. In his free time, one can find Brian researching new technologies, creating video art, watching livestreams, and experiencing location-based entertainment offerings. EDUCATION Chapman University, Strategic & Corporate Communication and Theatre Technology Back to team

Joli Lam


William Alton Senior Project Coordinator As a coordinator at THG, Joli combines her creative and organizational skills to help her teams generate deliverables and presentations for the project clients. Before beginning her career in the themed entertainment industry, she earned a degree in psychobiology at UCLA and worked as a graphic designer producing signage and display cases for the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. Joli is an avid Trader Joe’s snack taste tester and enjoys reading, learning new crafts, and exploring nature in her free time. EDUCATION B.S., University of California, Los Angeles Back to team

Jordan Beeks


William Alton Producer Jordan is passionate about collaborating with and leading interdisciplinary teams in location-based entertainment; through his commitment to the world of storytelling and unbridled curiosity, he has become a successful producer of world-class experiences. From Concept and Design to Production and Opening day,  he brings over five years of experience in bringing exciting brand worlds to life, immersing guests in beloved IP, and developing projects that entertain and educate in some of the world’s premiere cultural institutions. Jordan’s deep knowledge of industry history, commitment to creative problem solving, and people-centric management style guides our teams ensuring that we deliver every client’s dreams on time, on budget, and beyond expectations. EDUCATION BS, Business Administration; Chapman University BA, Strategic & Corporate Communication; Chapman University NOTABLE PROJECTS The World Food Center, Ede, Netherlands The Raiders' Allegiant Stadium Tour, Las Vegas, NV The Cardhu Distillery, Scotland The Talisker Distillery, Scotland America’s Listening, Smithsonian National Museum of American History The U.S. Marshall’s Museum, Fort Smith, AR Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity), Abu Dhabi, UAE Back to team

Nick Griffith


William Alton Project Coordinator Nick is passionate about supporting creative teams to make meaningful and impactful entertainment experiences. His architecture education from USC paired with his experience as a producer at Last Call Theatre makes him a jack-of-all-trades with an emphasis in production. When he’s not working he can be found jamming out on his guitar or crafting tropical drink concoctions. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Southern California Back to team

Nicole Balderrama


William Alton Associate Producer Nicole attended UCSC where she double majored in Film and Sociology. She jump-started her animation career with an internship at Creative Capers Entertainment where she worked over the years as a freelance artist and production coordinator, working with talented people on a number of Disney projects including the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive experience at Disney World Resort. Nicole also built an overflowing book, comic, and graphic novel collection while she was a manager at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. EDUCATION B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz NOTABLE PROJECTS Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Disney World Resort The Lion King DVD Blooper Reel Back to team

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