Congratulations Joe Fox! TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award 2018

Congratulations to our very own Joe Fox for receiving this year’s TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award!


Thea Awards 2018


Joe Fox, PMP, Senior project engineer, Birket Engineering

Joe Fox

If you’ve attended a TEA conference such as the annual TEA Summit or TEA SATE, you have likely met Joe Fox, and/or heard his name mentioned, as he is generally a fixture behind the curtain making sure all things technical go forward with quality and consistency.

Joe has been a supportive, reliable and highly valued volunteer within TEA for a number of years. He’s always positive and upbeat, and ready for a challenge. He’s also a TEA “NextGen” success story although he was making a career transition as an adult, rather than a recent grad. Joe understands the concept and value of giving back: He knows that you get out of TEA what you put in. His TEA service has included being a member of the TEA Eastern North America Division Board and the TEA NextGen Committee.

How did you get your start in the industry? 
I’ve been interested in themed entertainment since 1997 when I visited Epcot with my high school marching band. It took a while (and a couple career and life changes) to get there, but in 2013, I interviewed with Birket, and they gave me a chance. It’s been a wild ride ever since, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. We work in ride and show control, specialty lighting, pyrotechnics control systems, production, specialty consumer merchandise and many other things. We’ve done work for every Disney and Universal park around the world, and hundreds of other places as well.

Do you have a favorite slogan or saying that you use?
Walt Disney once said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” I couldn’t agree more.

What are you really doing behind the scenes during SATE or the TEA Summit? 

I serve as liaison between the technology and the presenters at the events, to make sure that the brilliant ideas and awesome presentations that participants have poured their hearts and minds into get onto the screen and come out of the speakers’ microphones – and, from there, into the hearts and minds of the audience.

Find out more about TEA member Birket Engineering, Inc.

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