January 17 - January 19th, 2020

What is SITE?

Students in Themed Entertainment (SITE OSU for short) is a Themed Entertainment conference specifically designed for university students. Bringing together Themed Entertainment clubs across North America, we aim to inspire and support those with aspirations to pursue a full-time professional career in the Themed Attractions/Entertainment Industry. 


In January 2019, professionals and students alike gathered at Ohio State's campus to share their stories, and uniting our favorite industry with three days of unparalleled networking potential. We're glad you came!

Meet our 2020 industry professionals

Adam Pooch

Cedar Point

Jefferson Richardson

Kentucky Kingdom

Danielle Heffernan

Cedar Point

Ed Herderick

Ohio State CDME

Also Featuring:

  • Scott O'Donnell

    • Electronic Theatre Controls​

  • Dave Elswick

    • Cedar Point Maintenance 

Three Days

of unparalleled networking potential.


As groups arrived, a relaxed social mixer proceeded the lively kickoff event in the Ohio Union.


Our main program: Marvel at our keynote's story, engage in meaningful conversation in breakout sessions, and discover answers from professionals at Q&A panels.

Concluded with a signature professional networking event and after-party at Scene75!


Inspire fellow students with your work at the project fair, delight in the closing banquet lunch, and relish in the encouragement to pursue your dreams.

Jared Rosenburg

TPEG @ University of Michigan

"When I first saw this event advertised, I was really excited because there are a lot of industry events that you can go to that are hosted around the country, but it was really refreshing to see one that was hosted by a fellow university and a fellow TPEG."

Nick Weisenberger

Coaster 101

"Many professionals including myself used the phrase “I wish we had this when I was in school.” The information and contacts you make are invaluable and are not easily found elsewhere."

Chay Gruber 

TEA @ Carnegie Mellon University

"It's just been really cool to see all the ways that people have connected in this industry. A lot of them have actually become really great friends of mine, and it makes me really excited to see what the future holds, doing what I've been dreaming about since I was young."

2020 Sponsors

Nearby Hotels


4-Start Hotel

Operated by Ohio State's very own Hospitality program

(614) 247-4000


3-Star Hotel

Located just across the river from Ohio State

(614) 297-9912


2-Star Hotel

Located just across the river from Ohio State

(614) 291-2983


* This list is not comprehensive. The above hotels are not sponsors of the event and group rates at these locations are not available for SITE 2020.

2019 Photo Gallery

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a fee?

Yes, I do. After our complimentary consultation call, there is a nonrefundable trip planning fee. Our planning fee covers our customized itineraries, expertise, on call at all times during your vacation and so much more! Click here for some more information on planning fees.

What type of clients do you work with?

My clients are busy but successful families or couples that enjoy experiencing life outside the normal work routine. I work with people that have the desire to travel and deserve an amazing trip but simply don’t have the time to plan it all themselves. They desire the special touches, and the extra attention to detail is appreciated.

Do you book anything other than family travel?

Most definitely! I love booking other types of travel as well. My aspiration in a trip is to book something that is a personal and unique to your needs, so anything that falls into that category I will help in planning for you.

Do you specialize in a certain location?

Yes, I love booking travel to the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Even though that is my specialty, I have booked travel to (and traveled to) locations like Turkey, Greece, Italy and France. If our personalities match, and your travel style I feel is a match for me to work with, we can book travel anywhere together.

Are we going to work well together ?

It is so super important to me that my clients are brought the most value out of our time together while planning your vacation. If you are looking for any of the following in your vacation planning process, we are probably not the best match.

  • You want the cheapest/best “deal” – If you spend hours on end researching the internet looking for the best deals and score on Groupon for 50% off, are you the coupon collector within your family, we are most likely not a good fit. I work on getting the best experience for my clients and their families, I am not the Travel Professional you will need to get a 2 for one deal on the cheap Caribbean trip you have been ogling for 3 months.
  • You want to DIY or Do it Yourself planning- We simply won’t mesh. If you look forward to planning and organizing the itinerary yourself, go ahead and have it 😉I would not, for a single moment want to take these planning opportunities away from you.
On the other hand, If you take a look below and see these descriptions match those wheels in your head turning we are a match made in heaven.
  • You’re just too busy- Between doing the dishes, bathing the kids and pulling off a shower by yourself more than twice a week is an accomplishment for you, it is meant to be… I am here for you. I am here to plan everything
  • Email- Text and Scheduled Phone Calls are you preferred methods of contact- After your complimentary phone consultation, we will for the most part keep in contact via email. Why do you ask; this keeps all of your travel details and requests in one organized place. Sticking to a scheduled call, well let’s be honest, I am planning a few vacations at any one time; I want to ensure I have your travel information readily available to me during our calls, not just pretend we are on the same page about your vacation.
  • Experiences are better than material items- Yes, your shot glasses, snow globes and seashells are great, really, they are! But do you know what is even better, sitting on the balcony of your hotel room, soaking in the hot tub with a glass of rose in your hand. You can buy souvenirs on any trip, or even off Amazon and Ebay! I make those unforgettable memories happen for you and your family.
  • You want the best and appreciate the special touches that take your travel experience to the next level: strawberries and champagne to your room upon arrival, private luxury transportation to and from the airport, private dining experiences, even a babysitter organized to arrive at your hotel room so you and your significant other have the night to unwind for a romantic night out that has already been organized for you.

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