DAVID SCHAFER

1983-1986

1980-1983

San Francisco State University

BA - Industrial Arts (Industrial processes & management.)

Emphasis in R&D, Product Development, Industrial Design & Enginering, CAD, Electonic Engineering & Fabrication

 

College of Marin

Curriculum Vitae

Dedicated design & construction management professional with 30+ years experience on a diverse range of entertainment technology projects for Theme parks, FECs, Online games, Film, Theater, music and live stage events.

Analytical and creative designer/problem-solver with excellent organizational skills and technical savvy. Proactive and detail  oriented with a focus on the guest experience, while respecting the key stakeholders and business goals.

Capable of initiating and directing creative intent; while managing complex contractor relationships, BIM workflows and systems integration. With knowhow from a broad range of creative and technical disciplines, utilizing 3D visualization to rapid prototyping to establish proof-of-concept designs; providing insights into resource capabilities, allocation of scope and understand areas of risk and development work prioritisation. Leading teams to well understood and developed designs that better adapt to inevitable coordination issues, clashes, schedule/budget variations and site conditions.

Exceptional collaborative and interpersonal communication skills to facilitate business and technical objectives. Skilled in building rapport with team members with multi-cultural understanding.Delegate effectively by setting clear goals and motivate team members through consensus building, recognizing contributions and respecting ownership.

 

2015-2019

Owner - ShowFusion - Project Management Services - Zhuhai, China

EXPERIENCE

2014-2015

Sr. Technical Manager, Riva Group - Dubai UAE

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1983-1987

Robot Wrangler/Dresser , Lucasfilm - San Rafael CA

Technical Project Manager, Lucasfilm - Singapore

2005-2010

Game Designer/Artist, Disney Interactive - North Hollywood CA

Technical Theater, Computer Science, Electronics, Design & Fine Art

EDUCATION

1987-2005

Imagineer (R&D, Imaging & Effects), Walt Disney Imagineering - Glendale CA

2010-2014

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Package Manager (Show Technical), Louis Berger - Abu Dhabi UAE

Currently provided theme park attrection project managemt services in China.

Key tasks: Overseas vendor coordination and integration with local design  & construction teams

Provided theme park attrection project managemt services.  Design Management,  Show/Ride vendor coordination and integration with local teams  Projects: Ferrari World Phase II, Warner Brothers & Seaworld

Provided theme park attrection project managemt services.  Design Management,  Show/Ride vendor coordination and integration with local teams  Project: Hub Zero (Gamming FEC) Meraas Holding Co.

Provided theme park attrection project managemt services.  Concept Designer and Show/Ride Manager roles

Project: Fox Studios Park, Genting Highlands Malaysia, Resorts World Genting

2019-2020

Special Effects / Lighting Designer, ERG - San Rafael CA

AWARDS

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1981-1983

2010-2014

Director (Concept Development & Show Systems) , IRMS - Singapore

QUALIFICATIONS

2006 TEA Award

 

1993 TEA Award

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