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Club Penguin founders share on faith, arts and justice
Cost: $20 | $10 students
We’re delighted to have the founders of Club Penguin join us for an informal evening of discussion, reminiscence and reflection based on their varied experiences, from the founding of one of the most popular Social Networks for children to its acquisition by Disney.
Music by Urban Birds starting at 6pm with the discussion beginning at 7pm.
All proceeds from the evening will go towards supporting the efforts of TribeHouse Artist Collective and the coming festival at Bo.ttega summer 2013.
ABOUT CLUB PENGUIN:
Club Penguin, founded in 2005, is one of the most popular and fastest-growing virtual worlds for children. The company was developed and launched by Dave Krysko, Lane Merrifield and Lance Priebe, and their commitment to creating a safe and ad-free online playground helped propel Club Penguin to international acclaim and a partnership with the Walt Disney Company, which acquired Club Penguin in August 2007.
Dave Krysko, President of Davara Enterprises, Co-Founder and former Senior Vice President, Business Operations, Club Penguin
Prior to his work with Club Penguin and the Walt Disney Internet Group, Dave was a professional musician and worked in the audio and video production business. It was during the time he owned and operated New Horizon Productions in Kelowna that Dave partnered with his then employees Lane Merrifield and Lance Priebe to develop Club Penguin.
Dave is a longtime philanthropist who has been involved in humanitarian work in Canada, Mexico and Romania. In addition to helping develop the strategic direction of Club Penguin, he devotes a substantial amount of time and energy into managing the New Horizon Foundation, a charitable organization created and funded by Club Penguin and committed to improving the lives of children and their families around the world.
Dave is currently overseeing the Davara Group of Companies located in Kelowna BC.
Lane Merrifield, Executive Vice President, Walt Disney Internet Group, Co-Founder and General Manager, Club Penguin
Since Club Penguin’s inception, Lane has led the management, operations and business strategy for Club Penguin out of the company’s headquarters in Kelowna.
Prior to his work with Club Penguin and the Walt Disney Internet Group, Lane held various technical and marketing roles with a range of companies in Canada and the United States, but his most memorable employment experience will always be his first job at Disneyland.
Lane has always nurtured a passion for using technology to connect people in new ways. He loves the fact that Club Penguin has the potential to bring kids from around the world together in a fun, creative and safety-focused environment.
Lance Priebe, President of Rocketsnail Games, Co-Founder and former Chief Creative Officer of Club Penguin
Prior to his work with Club Penguin and the Walt Disney Internet Group, Lance worked as a graphic artist in large format, digital imaging and printing and owned his own graphic art and web design company.
Lance is the creative mind behind the original concept and design of Club Penguin, One of the first Flash-based web products he created in his spare time, a basic chat and interaction game called “Experimental Penguins”, formed the template for Club Penguin.
Lance is currently leading Rocketsnail Games, a game studio in Kelowna, BC.
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