TYPES OF COMMITTEES AND DESCRIPTIONS
Currently, IAAPA has five types of committees: board, strategic, regional advisory, constituency and awards. In addition, the association has a series of subcommittees. And, from time to time, IAAPA appoints task forces for special projects. Following is a description of each type of committee and each committee within each type specifically.
BOARD COMMITTEES - A board committee reports to the board of directors and is expressly required in the association bylaws. Its purpose is to structure and manage the board’s work.
Audit - Has oversight of the accounting and financial reporting processes, systems, and performance of internal accounting and financial controls, the integrity of the financial statements, the annual independent audit of the association’s financial statements, the engagement of the independent auditor, and the annual evaluation of the independent auditor’s function, qualifications, services, performance, and independence, the performance of the association’s internal and independent audit functions, the association’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements related to the bylaws, including the association’s disclosure controls and procedures, and the evaluation of the association's risk issues.
Compensation – Chaired by the treasurer, the committee establishes, reviews, and recommends to the board the general compensation philosophy of the association; establishes compensation package for the CEO; establishes annual performance goals for CEO in cooperation with CEO; conducts annual review of CEO’s performance based on goals; awards annual bonus based upon CEO’s performance; approves annual contribution to the employee discretionary retirement program based on recommendation of CEO and fiscal stability of IAAPA; Approves annual bonus pool based on recommendation of CEO and fiscal performance of IAAPA; approves annual net average wage increase for entire staff based on the annual budget; approximately every 3 years, the compensation committee and the CEO will jointly review the current salary and benefit structure of the association for is appropriateness and reasonableness to market conditions. This should be aided, where possible, by industry survey data to be collected and summarized by the CEO.
Executive and Finance – Chaired by the Chairman of the Board, the committee Acts on behalf of the board of directors between meetings of the board. Reviews and presents the annual business and budget plans of the association to the board for approval.
Governance - Recruits new second vice chair, treasurer and board members and recommends the slate of candidates to the board of directors and membership for annual election; assesses the board’s current composition and identifies missing qualities and characteristics; employs recruitment plan and continuously cultivate new board prospects; orients new board members to ensure they understand and fulfill their responsibilities; reviews and recommends governance policies to the board of directors for action; reviews and makes recommendation to the board of directors when a code of conduct or intellectual property policy violation has been alleged.
Investment - Monitors the performance of investments, reports to the board at least annually on the status and investment of funds, and offers advice and counsel to the board for the development of investment policy.
Strategic Planning – Chaired by the first vice chair, the committee develops the association’s strategic plan. Monitors and reports to the board on the progress of the association’s adherence to the adopted objectives of the strategic plan. The committee also recommends to the board any modifications to the Plan. The strategic planning committee also writes the plan for approval by the board.
STRATEGIC COMMITTEES - A strategic committee is established by the board of directors for the purpose of advising and implementing strategic programs on a global scale. Its work is directed by the board through the strategic and business plans. Whenever possible, it is recommended that a board member serve as chair of an advisory committee. If the chair of a strategic committee is not a board member, a board liaison will be appointed to sit on the committee.
Education - Recommends policy and provides strategic direction for all association education, professional development, training, and certification programs. The committee directs the work of the subcommittees on entertainment, facility operations, finance and information technology, food and beverage, games and merchandising, human resources, and marketing and communications. Government Relations - Recommends policy and strategic direction for the government relations program to the end that the interests of the association and the industry which it serves are communicated to the appropriate governmental agencies and that the membership is informed of the actions of the agencies which may affect the industry.
Media and PR - Recommends policy and provides strategic direction for the association’s media relations and public relations programs on a global scale.
Membership - Recommends policy and strategic direction for membership recruitment, membership retention, and membership services on a global scale. The committee advises on the association’s overall menu of products and services.
Safety - Recommends policy and provides strategic direction on safety matters and represents the association on various standards writing and other safety related groups on a global scale.
REGIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES – A regional advisory committee recommends programs and services for a particular geographic region. IAAPA has four regional advisory committees: Asia Pacific Advisory, European Advisory, Latin American Advisory and North American Advisory. Chairs of the regional advisory committee must be board members.
Each regional advisory committee may have the following subcommittees: safety, membership, education, m and s, government relations and media and PR.
Asia Pacific Advisory - Recommends direction and strategies on programs and services for Asian members including the Asian Attractions Expo.
European Advisory - Recommends direction and strategies on programs and services for European members including the Euro Attractions Show.
Latin American Advisory - Recommends direction and strategies on programs and services for Latin American members.
North American Advisory - Recommends direction and strategies on programs and services for North America members.
CONSTITUENCY COMMITTEES - A constituency committee represents a specific membership segment on a global scale. Its purpose is to support the strategic programs as directed by the strategic and business plans.
Amusement Parks and Attractions - Develops programs to provide services to and recruit amusement parks and attractions members. Family Entertainment Centers - Develops programs to provide services to and recruit family entertainment center members. The committee also organizes the Brass Ring - Top FECs of the World awards program.
Manufacturers and Suppliers – Develops programs to provide services to and recruit manufacturing and supplier members. The committee oversees the work of the Space Allocation Subcommittee which works to assign exhibit space locations to exhibitors for IAAPA Attractions Expo.
Museums and Science Centers - Develops programs to provide services to and recruit museum and science center members.
Waterparks - Develops programs to provide services to and recruit waterparks members.
Zoos and Aquariums - Develops programs to provide services to and recruit zoos and aquariums members.
AWARDS COMMITTEES - An awards committee is a committee established by the board for the express purpose of evaluating and selecting recipients for association awards on a global scale.
Exhibitor - Selects recipients and makes the presentation of the Best New Product Awards and Best Exhibit Awards during IAAPA Attractions Expo.
Hall of Fame and Archives - Solicits and selects the annual IAAPA Hall of Fame inductees. The committee also oversees IAAPA’s oral history program and the association archives. Service - Selects winners of a variety of service awards given out annually at IAAPA Attractions Expo.
TASK FORCES - A task force is established and reports to the board to carry out a specific charge. A task force is short-term and temporary.