IAAPA News - Leadership - April 2018


Thank You, Paul

IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland leaves IAAPA
to rejoin attractions industry

by Jeremy Schoolfield

IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland resigned his position in February to become CEO of industry tech company accesso. Noland, a veteran of the attractions industry, served as IAAPA’s chief executive since January 2013. 

During his five years with the organization, Noland
oversaw IAAPA’s record growth for its membership base, trade shows, and more.

“Paul has led IAAPA through some of the most successful years in the association’s 100-year history,” said 2018 IAAPA Chairman Andreas Andersen, president and CEO of Liseberg in Sweden. “We owe him a very warm thank you.”

Noland bolstered IAAPA’s member services and engagement around the world, including opening branch offices in North America and Shanghai. He also oversaw the relocation of the organization’s global headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Orlando. 

“Paul is an exceptional strategic thinker,” said 2013 IAAPA Chairman Will Morey, president and CEO of Morey’s Piers in the United States. “I have fond (and a few humorous) memories of our work together on a number of initiatives, particularly the Global Governance Task Force. My thanks to Paul for serving IAAPA extremely well.”

“I am appreciative of Paul’s support in expanding IAAPA’s focus on safety through the development of the IAAPA Safety Institutes and the standards harmonization efforts around the world,” added Greg Hale, vice president and chief safety officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and IAAPA Chairman in 2017.

“Paul was instrumental in taking us through the thorough review of moving IAAPA’s headquarters to Orlando,” said John McReynolds, senior vice president of external affairs for Universal Parks and Resorts and 2016 IAAPA Chairman. “I appreciated his time and effort on such a critical matter for the future of the association.” 

“I was very fortunate and privileged to work with Paul when I was moving up to become IAAPA Chairman,” said Mario Mamon, chairman and president of Enchanted Kingdom in the Philippines and IAAPA Chairman in 2014. “He is a serious and methodical person, and a true mentor and friend who loves his family just as he loves his work.” 

“Paul is a great person. I have fond memories of all of our open and frank conversations during my time on the board,” added Gerardo Arteaga, general manager of Fantasilandia in Chile and IAAPA Chairman in 2015. “His ability to bring the association world and the private sector together has set an important tone.”

“It has been one of the true joys of my career to be associated with such a talented and committed staff and volunteer leadership,” Noland said. “The association is well positioned for the future, and I know that its best days are ahead.”

LETTER_McEvoyIAAPA CFO Hal McEvoy Named Interim President and CEO

Following Paul Noland’s departure, the IAAPA Board of Directors named IAAPA CFO Hal ­McEvoy the organization’s interim president and CEO.

McEvoy joined IAAPA as CFO in April 2017 following a successful 42-year career with Busch Entertainment Corporation/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. McEvoy has an extensive background in corporate finance, accounting, financial controls, audit, and operations. 

“Hal’s knowledge of the attractions industry and IAAPA is vast, and I am confident he will do an outstanding job leading the association during this important leadership transition,” said 2018 IAAPA Chairman Andreas Andersen.

IAAPA will conduct a global search for a new president and CEO. The search will be led by the IAAPA Compensation Committee.