September 12, 2023 Minutes-Off-site Meeting and Tour at Garner Holt Productions -In-Person only

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Off-site Meeting and Tour at Garner Holt Productions 

Meeting In-Person


Present:  Megan Barajas, Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Bill Blankenship, Mike Burrows, Mark Cloud, Ken Coate, Kevin Dyerly, Milford Harrison, Lowell King, Mike Layne, Bill Lemann, Michael Lewin, Darcy McNaboe, Norm Nunez, Bansree Parikh, Cat Pritchett, Thomas Rice, Dan Roberts, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Eric Ustation, Pete Van Helden, Michael Wells, Ray Wolfe.

Guests: Carrie Schindler and Vishal Lavingia.

Announcements: 1 Upcoming events were announced and the events notebook was reviewed by those present.

Kevin Dyerly, Chair presiding.

Motion by T. Rice/Second/Passed: Minutes from July 25, 2023

Michael Lewin introduced Garner Holt, Founder and President of Garner Holt Productions.  His facility is now the largest designer and builder of animatronics in the worldHis work is in 34 countries on six continents for clients including Disney, Universal Studios, Mattel, Chuck E. Cheese, Lockheed-Martin, Coca-Cola, and many more. The group viewed two short videos that showed the history of his company, his current presence in the industry, and his foundation Garner Holt Education through Imagination.

Garner Holt Education through Imagination is inspired by the work of Garner Holt Productions Inc.  Schools (elementary, middle, and high schools) who partner with them, provide the Makerspace on their campuses for a team of dedicated educators and industry professionals to provide world-class educational environments, programs, products, and resources that give students a strong foundation in creativity, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.  These programs create students who are college and career ready in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

Garner led the group on a tour of his facility explaining the process and the various responsibilities of each department to create animatronic figures.

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Q & A period followed the tour.
Meeting adjourned 9:10 a.m.