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Florida welcomed more than 112 million visitors in 2016 – the highest number of tourists in history. “The parks must continually stay ahead of guest’s While many flock to Florida for its beaches and year-round sunshine, it is themed expectations in order to entertainment and attractions that put it on the map. For decades, these keep the experience new and experiences have whisked guests away from the “real world,” immersing them in fun and fantasy, diversifying their perspectives and inspiring them to dream big. keep the guest coming back,” said Birket. “That is the Turning Fantasy into Reality Themed entertainment technology is in Steve Birket’s genes. His brother, Glenn Birket, founded Winter Garden’s Birket Engineering in 1984. It has since grown to challenge and excitement of this great industry. ” provide theme parks in the U.S. and Asia with custom electrical hardware and software controlling rides, shows, effects and interactives. Birket is the immediate Challenge and excitement are also common past international president of Themed Entertainment Association. at ThemeWorks Inc. Located in High Springs, ThemeWorks creates imaginative environments Prior to joining the family business in 2001 and becoming vice president, Steve for parks, attractions, museums and aquariums. Birket held several project management, engineering and entertainment From themed facades to elaborate signage positions at Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. He’s seen the and giant sculptures, the company transforms industry shift toward a focus on complete immersion made possible by electrical standard spaces and buildings into magical, engineers and computer scientists who deliver unforgettable experiences. captivating experiences. Its work can be seen Technology tha 76 florida.HIGH.TECH 2017