The IAAPA Service Awards honor members who excel in performing services for the association and the industry and are dedicated to its well-being. Without the individuals like those we honor, we would not be where we are today—a thriving global industry, proud of its rich history, and excited about its future.

Lifetime Service Award:

The Lifetime Service Award is presented in recognition of a member individual’s consistent and long-term achievements serving IAAPA and the industry in excess of 20 years.

Outstanding Service Award:

The Outstanding Service Award is presented in recognition of a member individual that works to foster the spirit of goodwill, professionalism, and higher levels of performance within the industry regionally, nationally, or internationally. This award recognizes excellence in service to the industry, which benefits IAAPA members at large.

Meritorious Service Award:

The Meritorious Service Award is presented in recognition of a member individual's service to and for the association by advancing the IAAPA mission. “Our mission is to serve the membership by promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth, and commercial success of the amusement parks and attractions industry.” This award recognizes a member volunteer who has given their time and talent to IAAPA.

The IAAPA Service Awards Committee requests the following be completed with all submissions: 

  • Chronological summary of industry employment history, service work, and contributions.
  • Involvement with IAAPA and other national/regional organizations.
  • Charity or philanthropy work (if applicable).
  • Letters of recommendation, references, supporting documents, testimonials, and any press related information.
  • At least one picture of the nominee.

In addition: 

  • Regardless of which service award your nomination is for, the form must be completed in full and contain sufficient information documenting the nominee’s contributions and achievements to determine the candidates’ eligibility and qualifications to be awarded a service award.
  • When considering a nomination, please keep in mind that service awards are giving in recognition of an individual's service to the industry or to IAAPA. Awards are not given in recognition of an individual's personal commercial success.
  • Consider writing the nomination summary/citation as if presenting the award to the nominee, as it will form the basis for the award presentation for the selected recipient.
  • Use the nomination summary to highlight particular achievements and/or contributions that qualify your nominee for the award.
  • Complete the statement of support by detailing these achievements, activities, and/or contributions to fully describe the nominee’s qualifications. Include supporting documents that will add to the detail and help solidify the nomination.
  • It is recommended that in submitting this nomination to the IAAPA Service Awards Committee you assume no one on the committee knows your nominee. The details will provide the big picture.

To submit a nomination, use this online form or you may complete the 2017 Service Awards Form and mail it to IAAPA, Attn: 2017 Service Awards, 1448 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.


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Please upload any documents indicating the nominee’s involvement with the amusement industry, the special contributions the individual has made to the industry and to IAAPA, recognized traits of leadership and character, etc.

Additional Documentation
Please upload any documents such as magazine articles, newspaper articles, and other materials that feature the nominee and support your belief that the nominee should be selected to receive a service award. This information will be used by the IAAPA Service Awards Committee to evaluate the nominee, so please be as detailed as possible when providing this information.