Three Industry Leaders Honored with IAAPA Service Awards

During the GM and Owners’ Breakfast on Wednesday, IAAPA honored three industry leaders for their continued dedication and service to the industry.

John Wood
Lifetime Service Award

The Lifetime Service Award recognizes a member individual’s consistent and long-term achievements serving the association and the industry in excess of 20 years. John Wood, ICAE, of Sally Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, has been an attractions industry professional for nearly four decades.

He served two terms on the IAAPA Board of Directors, and he has actively served on several of IAAPA’s volunteer committees and global task forces, including the Space Allocation Committee, IAAPA Service Awards Committee, Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee, Audit Committee, and the IAAPA Hall of Fame and Archives committee. Since becoming an IAAPA member in 1978, Wood has been a long-term supporter of the association’s mission and was awarded the IAAPA Meritorious Service Award in 1994. Wood was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame in 2013 for his role in reviving dark ride attractions and filling a niche market around the world.

“No one is as good as they can be without a great team behind them, and I’m only here today because of support of my fellow Sally members,” Wood said.

Laura Woodburn
Outstanding ­Service Award

The Outstanding Service Award is presented in recognition of a member individual who works to foster the spirit of goodwill, professionalism, and higher levels of performance within the industry.

Laura Woodburn of Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, is a recognized and respected leader in the industry. She is a trusted authority on amusement ride safety and serves as a board member and official spokesperson of the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO). In 2013, Woodburn received the “Person of the Year” award for her contributions to NAARSO’s first-ride operations certification program. Woodburn is an active industry volunteer, using her experience to teach classes at IAAPA Attractions Expo and serving on IAAPA’s ride operations training task force and Facility Operations Subcommittee.

“I am absolutely humbled and honored to receive this,” Woodburn said. “Milton Hershey said business is a matter of human service, and this award will remind me to constantly strive to improve my department, my company, and the industry at large.”

Dorothy Lewis
Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award is presented in recognition of a member individual’s service to and for the association, which advances IAAPA’s mission to serve the membership by promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth, and commercial success of the attractions industry. For more than 20 years, Dorothy Lewis of Xpress Post has been a well-respected leader in the education realm of the attractions industry, especially related to family entertainment centers, and her presentations at IAAPA Attractions Expo continue to be a staple of the conference program. She helped initiate and nurture the successful IAAPA Rookies and Newcomers program and has been instrumental in the success of the annual IAAPA FEC Summit. Lewis was a volunteer member of the IAAPA FEC Committee for five years, serving as committee chair in 2010. She was also chair of the IAAPA FEC Committee’s education work group. In addition to her IAAPA work, Lewis is a past president of IALEI and current officer of the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

“Five years ago, I accepted this award posthumously on be­half of Alan Ramsay. To be included in such a fine group of other recipients, I want to thank everybody who made it possible today,” Lewis said.

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