Baseball is America’s pastime and for centuries ballparks have been the places we cheer for our favorite team. Today, stadiums like Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park have opened their doors to becoming further ingrained in fans’ lives by hosting events.   

“Twenty years ago, there were very little or no non-baseball events,” says Joe Giles, the park’s director of ballpark enterprises and business development. “Teams have woken up with a new generation of ballparks and realize they have this great asset, so why not use it?”

Brewster Travel Canada is in the business of pleasing its customers, President Dave McKenna says. “We take hold very tightly and dearly the responsibility and ownership of not letting them down and ensuring that they do have a fantastic experience,” he says.

Based in Banff, Alberta, Canada, the company provides guests with tours and travel planning services for authentic Canadian experiences, and owns and operates four attractions in the Rocky Mountains. Brothers Jim and Bill Brewster started the company in 1894.

Jan. 1 is typically when many people begin a fitness journey, whether they resolve to finally get in shape or renew a commitment to their well-being that may have lapsed. On Jan. 1, 2014, the founder and some former executives of fitness management company Club One renewed their own fitness journey by coming together to form Active Sports Clubs, which soon after purchased the majority of Club One’s assets. President and CEO Bill McBride explains that his partners – including Club One co-founder Jill Kinney and former Club One executive Carey White – are moving forward with a new vision that is focused on creating true connections among its members and building a stronger community for fitness enthusiasts.

Chicago’s Field Museum has been a must-see for visitors and locals alike since it opened in 1921. Nearly 1.3 million annual visitors look with fascination at the Museum’s many natural history exhibitions and artifacts, which are the result of extensive scientific research.

In addition to its exhibitions – which include SUE, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever discovered – the building itself is an architectural marvel and piece of local history. The 1.3-million-square-foot museum was part of the plan developed by Daniel Burnham, the architect and urban planner who designed much of the city’s downtown following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and completed after his death.

The Smithsonian National Zoo may be one of the most popular attractions in the nation’s capital, but Executive Director Dennis Kelly says the zoo’s true responsibility runs deeper than that. Since 1889, the National Zoo has strived first and foremost to save endangered species from extinction, and Kelly says the zoo works hard to balance its responsibilities as a scientific research organization and as a tourist attraction. As the zoo marks its 125th anniversary this year, Kelly says maintaining that balance is as important today as ever. “We have a very exciting mission that combines two very interesting components,” he says. 

Recruiting employees often is difficult for all types of businesses, but in the amusement industry, it is especially challenging to hire up to 3,000 people for approximately 145 days of seasonal employment from March through October. Nevertheless, Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah, 17 miles north of Salt Lake City, has been meeting that challenge for decades since its founding in 1886, although far fewer employees were required then.

Lagoon Amusement Park hires many of its employees from Davis County where it is located, promoting employment at the park through the schools and online. “Most people know we’re here,” Lagoon’s Director of Special Events Julie Freed points out. “Now the hard thing is getting them to stay. Young people these days want multiple jobs, so it’s hard to get them to commit to working a set schedule, which typically includes nights and weekends.”

From its Seattle headquarters, Degen & Degen (D&D) has become a global player in hospitality architecture and interior design. Its full-service offerings have taken the company across the United States, Canada and Asia, working with leading international hotel companies and independent owners and developers.

“Full integration between architecture and interior design is what makes us unique,” Principal Jeff Degen says. “Most of our clients have been with us many years, some even back to the inception of the firm.”

Leading the Way

Founded in 1994, D&D excels in an array of project types including new construction and renovations. It is registered to practice along the West Coast from California to Alaska, and it holds nationally recognized NCARB and NCIDQ certifications that allow it to register in other states.

Someone familiar only with Caesars Entertainment’s properties in Las Vegas may be in for a bit of a surprise when visiting one of the gaming giant’s holdings in the United Kingdom. 

In terms of scale, the company’s casinos in London, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow are notably smaller than their mammoth sister properties on the Strip. There are no hotels, large conferencing areas or shopping centers. Casino floors are limited by law to 20 slot machines, leaving much of the action to 15 to 40 table games per site.

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