Leadership Team | CAVU Designwerks yani
Our team has decades of experience in designing and building some of the most creative and ground-breaking experiences in the attraction industry. We would love to add your attraction to the list.
PETER R. SCHNABEL
CEO & Founder
PETER R. SCHNABEL
CEO & FOUNDER
Peter has continuously been at the forefront of innovation in the attractions business. He’s not just ahead of trends; he’s crafting the future of the industry. He has sold and managed the development of virtually every type of ride for amusement parks — often being the first to see into the future, conceiving new designs and manufacturing processes.
Drawing on more than 40 years in the amusement industry, Peter offers clients unparalleled knowledge of attraction design, manufacturing and installation. He pushes the envelope for engineering and manufacturing efficiencies in the marketplace and has a reputation for integrity, service and honesty.
Peter was President of Intamin, and built the most successful and largest rides company in the world.
He founded Premier Rides and introduced Linear Induction Motors (LIMS) to the industry. Before founding CAVU, he served as President of Dynamic Attractions where he developed 10 new products and grew sales from 0 to over US$200 million in less than 3 years.
Now, as CEO of CAVU Designwerks, his latest, revolutionary innovations are soon to debut.
Ken Yao founded his own public accounting office in 2014. Ken brings extensive experience in providing finance, tax, and accounting expertise for start-ups to medium-sized enterprises and corporate groups.
He was previously the external finance advisor for one of the largest companies in British Columbia and also contributed to the financial success of a number of Victoria based high-tech engineering and manufacturing companies.
Prior to joining CAVU, Harold Hudson spent more than 21 years with Six Flags Theme Parks as Executive VP of Engineering and Development. He has extensive knowledge in Ride and Attractions Development, Theme Park Development and Park Operations, preparation of overall Capital Plans, evaluating Ride Systems and Ride Manufacturers.
Harold was a founding member of the ASTM F24 Standards Committee and serves on several industry Standards and Safety Commissions and Panels where his knowledge of Technical Safety Issues often leads to industry change. He has been a leading advocate of systems that accommodate disabled guests. Valued as a consultant, Harold conducts independent Value Engineering Reviews and he is often called as a safety and expert witness in high level legal proceedings after complicated incidents in our industry.
Harold generates Technical Performance Specifications for CAVU’s attraction systems, and oversees the company’s important Testing and Commissioning Procedures and Operations and Maintenance Systems.
Executive Vice President Global Business Development
Executive Vice President
Global Business Development
Michael Turner brings over 34 years of innovating in the attractions business and has a proven track record in building strong relationships in all markets.
He started his career with Lasergate, a company who invented the first barcoded tickets for the amusement industry. Michael then joined Gateway Ticketing Systems as Director of International Business Development where he expanded Gateway’s global presence to 6 continents. Most recently, Michael served as VP International Business Development for Neptune-Benson where he successfully took their Defender filtration system as the standard for high-quality parks worldwide.
Michael also volunteers his time with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) as the former Manufacturers and Suppliers Committee Chairman, formerly on the Board of Directors, and currently the Chairman of the Membership Committee.
Michael will oversee all aspects of the company’s sales and marketing operations worldwide. His responsibilities will include working to ensure implementation of corporate strategy, extending current market partnerships, and defining new markets to enter.
Vice President Marketing, Human Resources & Office Administration
Vice President Marketing, Human Resources & Office Administration
Francine has more than 30 years of corporate marketing experience. She began her marketing career with Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. She was responsible for developing corporate marketing strategies and title specific marketing plans in all markets, including consumer, trade, institutional and special markets. She was recruited to several additional marketing positions within the publishing field, including tenure as Director of Educational Marketing with Simon and Schuster, NY. Francine then transitioned into the Amusement Industry in 2009. Most recently, as Director of Marketing for Dynamic Attractions, Ltd. she developed the company’s marketing strategy, corporate branding, product positioning, all sales support materials, as well as executing the company’s launch at and participation in three annual international trade shows.
Damion Briscoe is a senior Project Manager and Engineering technologist with over 20 years of international experience in Americas, Europe, Asia and Middle East. He began his career with Husky Injection Molding Systems, the world’s largest brand name supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. At Husky, he held numerous roles from Design, Manufacturing Engineering and Project Management. Most recently, Damion served as Senior Technical Consultant focussing on manufacturing process review and risk assessment for a number of manufacturing facilities in the Middle East.
Damion’s ability to handle multiple detailed technical projects in high-pressure environments while maintaining schedules, budgets and a superior level of quality is instrumental in ensuring the success of CAVU’s projects.
Before joining CAVU, Han Xiao worked with Procter & Gamble. She has over ten years of operations management experience, and managed a number of complex projects involving cross border collaboration, government engagement, event organization etc. Her experience with a consumer goods company brings extensive knowledge of customer behaviour and brand building strategies, which are valuable assets for CAVU’s amusement business. Han Xiao oversees CAVU’s overall operations to ensure the company’s organizational efficiency. In this capacity, she directly supports the CEO and organizes the company’s sales efforts in Asia.
Yao Jianli is an award-wining constructor and project manager with over 30 years of experience in engineering, construction and project management. He holds a Master’s degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University and multiple national certificates including the National Certificate of Top Level Constructors, which is the highest honor in the Construction industry in China.
Yao Jianli was responsible for project execution and management of a number of significant projects in China including the National Stadium’s Steel Structure Project (Beijing Olympics “Bird Nest”), National Wukesong Sports Stadium’s Steel Structure Project, Nuclear Power Steel Structure Project in Haiyan Fangjia in Zhejiang and Shanghai’s Flyover/Viaduct Projects.
As Chief Engineer, Yao Jianli is responsible for overseeing the execution of CAVU’s projects in Asia.
David brings almost 40 years of experience in construction project management of ride/show, retail and facilities construction for the leisure and entertainment industry. His professional expertise includes ride design development, construction, testing and operations.
David was instrumentally involved with multiple major projects at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Singapore and Paramount Parks. One of his projects was the TEA Award-winning “Transformers the Ride 3D” at Universal Studios Singapore, which is owned by the Genting Group.
Yani Indrajaya is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with experience developing lead generation, brand awareness, and digital marketing strategies for various verticals including technology, real estate, and construction management.
Yani is analytical with an eye for detail and the ability to see the big picture. Her combined experience in both sales and marketing gives her a strong understanding of customers’ behaviour and needs and enables her to develop effective marketing campaigns to support CAVU’s sales efforts.