Dr. Lewison’s expertise is in amusement parks. His research and consulting efforts focus mainly on marketing and strategy in the global amusement and attractions industry, and in other leisure, tourism, and travel-related businesses. He has advised amusement parks in the United States and Europe, and he has been a regular speaker at educational events sponsored by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.
A frequent contributor to Theme Park Review and other online industry publications, Dr. Lewison is also a dedicated roller coaster and amusement park field researcher. As of this writing, he has ridden 1323 roller coasters at 445 amusement parks in 28 countries. He visits more than 70 different amusement parks a year.
Dr. Lewison has corporate and international experience, spending more than five years as a senior financial analyst with Standard & Poor’s on Wall Street, and living more than three years doing research and teaching in the Netherlands.
Areas of Expertise (3)
Industry Expertise (3)
University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business: Ph.D. , Strategy, Environment, and Organizations 2001
Dissertation: "Organizations and Logos: Effects on Visual Symbols on Stakeholder Social Identity"
Columbia University: A.B., Economics 1988
Activities and Societies: Beta Theta Pi, Student Government
- Academy of Management
- American Marketing Association
- Association for Consumer Research
- Association of Hospitality Finance Management Educators
- European Association for Sport Management
- Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
- International Association for Business and Society
- International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
- International Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education
- North American Society for Sport Management
- Organizational Behavior Teaching Society
- CFA Institute, Candidate - Level I
Event Appearances (1)
Dynamic Pricing for the Attractions Industry
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo 2011 Orlando, FL
Published Articles (2)
There are some very lucky people in the world who live in the Orlando area, and there are other very lucky people who can afford to jet to MCO at a moment's notice to get their theme park fix. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to wait for those special trips to Florida every year or two (or three), so we're left with the alternative: visiting our local/regional amusement park.
Social attitudes toward usury (here defined using the archaic meaning as the taking of interest on loans) have changed dramatically over the centuries. From antiquity until the Protestant Reformation, usury was regarded as an inherently evil activity. Today, with few exceptions, usury is met with moral indifference. Modern objections to usury are limited to protest against "excessive" interest rates rather than interest per se. With this change in focus, the very meaning of the term "usury" has also changed. Many early pronouncements against the taking of interest emphasized the plight of the poor, but ironically, the poor actually pay the highest rates of interest in the modern American economy. Despite the universality of usury, some socio-economic subcultures still manage to avoid the taking or giving of interest. Orthodox branches of both Judaism and Islam have maintained bans on usury throughout the centuries and up to the present time. This is especially interesting in the case of Judaism, given the popular cultural image of the Jew as usurer. Jewish free loan systems may actually offer a model for modern loan programs that can be designed to aid poor borrowers, who are frequently shut out of mainstream financial services.