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A Gathering Place for Tulsa Names Leadership Fivesome

IMPRESSIVE TEAM:  As progress continues at A Gathering Place for Tulsa (TGP), the park recently announced its leadership team. From left are Steve Terry, senior culinary officer; Amanda Murphy, senior marketing officer; Tony Moore, park director; Kirsten Hein, senior programming officer; and Josh Henderson, senior operations officer.

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As progress continues at A Gathering Place for Tulsa (TGP), the park recently announced its leadership team. TGP has named Kirsten Hein as senior programming officer, Josh Henderson as senior operations officer, Amanda Murphy as senior marketing officer and Steve Terry as senior culinary officer. The team will work together with Tony Moore, park director, in running the day-to-day operations and programming for the park.

“The team we have built is of the highest caliber and will undoubtedly further our mission of creating a first-class experience for all Tulsans,” Moore says. “Understanding that nothing great was ever accomplished without a team, these individuals not only bring an exceptional level of expertise in their field but a contagious enthusiasm for this project. I can’t wait to get to work with this team in the coming months as we design programming and user experiences that will benefit the entire community.”

Hein has more than 10 years of park programming experience, including serving as the senior program specialist in the arts and nature department for the Chicago Park District. Most recently, she was the countywide arts coordinator for community arts services for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, where she was responsible for arts programs and events throughout the county, overseeing program and facility budgets and managing art partnerships for the division. Hein holds a master of arts in arts administration and policy program from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Maryland Institute College of Art.

“I’m honored to be joining the team under Tony’s leadership,” Hein says. “The vision of the park is inspiring, and having the opportunity to build new and innovative events and programs for all to enjoy is a dream come true. I spent my high school years in Oklahoma and can’t wait to explore Tulsa and continue the forward momentum of this city.”

With more than 20 years of amusement and recreation industry experience, Henderson has experience in customer relations and park operational activities ranging from maintenance to security and park safety. Most recently serving as the general manager of Myrtle Waves, a 21-acre waterpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, his experience also includes time as the general manager of Daytona Lagoon, aquatics director for Great Wolf Lodge in Virginia and manager of operations at Six Flags White Water in Georgia. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Josh has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. ?

“The scope of this project is amazing,” Henderson said. “Coming from the for-profit amusement industry, the opportunity to be part of something that is inclusive of all people versus being profit-driven was too motivating to pass up. While I look forward to bringing my operations and theme park experiences to the public sector, I’m most excited about what A Gathering Place for Tulsa will mean for all Tulsa’s.”

A Tulsa native, Murphy joins the team from Outward Bound, a nonprofit wilderness education organization, where she served as the marketing director. Through her various marketing roles, she has been responsible for traditional and digital communications, developing and executing advertising campaigns, social media and event management, website maintenance and budget oversight. A Tulsa native, she has a master’s degree in management and organization from Northwestern University and new media studies from DePaul University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in communication and Spanish from the University of Tulsa.

“As a child growing up in Tulsa, I never imagined the city would see something of this magnitude,” Murphy said. “Essentially, I get a megaphone to let the rest of the region and country know what I already know—that Tulsa is an amazing place.”

Terry brings 25 years of experience in food management and hospitality and joins the team from Sodexo, where he served as district manager overseeing the child nutrition division, among many other departments. His experiences also include several director roles in which he managed hundreds of employees, multi-million dollar budgets and culinary operations. Possessing a diverse set of skills, including earning Certified Executive Chef status, he was the executive chef for the 63rdannual Academy Awards. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and received his associate of science in culinary arts form Johnson and Wales.

“I look forward to using my culinary experiences to cater to all Tulsans,” Terry said. “Park goers can expect dining options for all walks of life and ages. In line with the park’s mission, the eating options will offer something for everyone.”

With a mission to create a park for all Tulsans to enjoy, the new team members bring a diverse set of experiences and skillsets from across the country. With quality control being a stated priority for every aspect of the park, this team will implement first-class services across the board ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience for all visitors.

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Updated 05-02-2017

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