Steven Schussler
Chairman of the Board

Prior to entering the restaurant and entertainment arenas, Schussler held executive positions in the television and radio broadcast industry, selling radio air time in Miami and then television air time for networks, independent and cable television throughout the United States.

A creative type all his life, Schussler has a passion for conceiving concepts that appeal to the masses. His career in the restaurant industry began with the development of Jukebox Saturday Night™, a nostalgic restaurant and night club with four locations in Chicago, Illinois; one in Des Moines, Iowa; one in Springfield, Massachusetts; one in San Francisco, California and one in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Schussler’s first Rainforest Cafe® (A Wild Place to Shop and Eat®), opened at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota in October 1994.  Steven and his public company owned and operated 45 Rainforest Cafe restaurants in seven years, in three continents and sold the chain to Landry’s Restaurants in 2000, but not before receiving more than 40 awards in six years including: Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S.A. (named to the list two consecutive years); Nation’s Restaurant News’ Hot Concept Award, Orlando Magazine’s Best Theme Restaurant; the National Retail Federation’s National Retailer of the Year; and Chicago Tribune’s Best Restaurant for Kids.  Schussler Creative, Inc. was founded in 2000, where he leads the creative vision and overall strategic direction of the organization.

Steven founded and created T-REX™: A Prehistoric Family Adventure™ :A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover™; Yak & Yeti™ Restaurant; Betty & Joe’s™: Baker & Coffee Maker™-You Can’t Have One Without the Other; Hot Dog Hall of Fame™: Frankly the Best Hot Dogs, Sausages, Dumplings, and French-Fries in the World!; Galaxy Drive In™: Aliens, Humans and All of Our Four Legged Friends Welcome™ - Made on Earth™ and  Backfire BBQfeaturing Orange County Choppers, Bikes, Burgers, and BBQ™. 

For more information about attractions under development, visit the concepts page in this web site.

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Kari Honoroff
Executive Assistant

Ms. Honoroff holds the position of Executive Assistant to Steven Schussler and is involved in all facets of his day to day business operations.  Ms. Honoroff has been Mr. Schussler’s assistant since 1994.

Prior to that, Ms. Honoroff worked at Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Food and Beverage.

Sunhi Ryan
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Ms. Ryan is leading the sales and marketing efforts for the Schussler Creative Institute, Schussler Creative and the international expansion of our brands.  Schussler Creative Institute provides books, keynote speeches, consulting, creative workshops and seminars, sales training and laboratory tours. Ms. Ryan’s focus is to build long term relationship and partnerships that grows the profitability of a client company and provides creative solutions to the challenges faced by businesses of all sizes.

Ms. Ryan has more than 20 years of experience selling and marketing tangible and non-tangible products in diverse industries which include Broadcast Television, Real Estate, Hospitality and Retail.

She has an impressive track record in working with some of the largest brands in the nations. Ms. Ryan has managed local and national clients as an executive for FOX Television, United Television, and Clear Channel Communications. Ms. Ryan was in charge of more than $100 million dollars of real estate including successful condominium projects such as the $45 million Cobalt condominiums and the $35 million dollar Zenith Condominiums.

 

Rae Olson
Vice President of Retail

Ms. Olson is responsible for developing Retail within concepts created by Schussler Creative. She has an impressive 20 year retail background within Target Corporation including executive leadership within; Merchandising, Marketing, Product Development, Merchandise Presentation and Inventory Planning & Control.

Ms. Olson is an enterprising leader with a unique ability to drive ideas forward quickly, collaboratively and creatively. She has demonstrated success and is most known for outside the box strategic thinking, resilience and energy. Her goal oriented, innovative initiatives have raised the bar for retail and retail operations, delivering incremental profit to the bottom line. She is driven by the determination to find opportunity in the most creative and innovative ideas.

Jean Golden
President Golden Publicity Group

Ms. Golden has worked in the public relations and corporate communications field for over 20 years and is highly experienced in creating national publicity and special events for clients, due to her strong relationships with the print, broadcast and electronic media. In addition, she also co-created and hosted Million Dollar Idea, a nationally syndicated television show featuring inventors and their new products. Ms. Golden specializes in generating national press coverage for clients. Examples include: The Oprah Winfrey Show (Famous Dave’s of America), People Magazine (Veggie Tales feature story; Million Dollar Idea Show), New York Times (Million Dollar Idea Show; Ricardo Beverly Hills Luggage Line), CNN (Story on education and the Internet), CNBC (Rainforest Cafe®), Wall St. Journal (T-Rex Cafe™), Business Week (Ricardo Beverly Hills Luggage Line), Fortune Magazine, Parade Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Access Magazine and Family PC.

Dave Flom
Design Engineer and Creature Keeper

Mr. Flom is responsible for the design and maintenance of the concepts’ mechanics, special effects, and animatronics and the curator for their live animals (birds, fish, etc). Mr. Flom is a master electrician, builder and artisan and has acquired patents for mechanical inventions he has produced in the aquatic filtration field. Prior to joining Creative Attractions, Mr. Flom was the corporate curator for Rainforest Cafe®. Mr. Flom has the respect and admiration of nature enthusiasts, zoos, universities and nature organizations around the world.