Launch - Movers and Shakers - January 2018


Mehrmann Tapped to Lead Universal Beijing

Universal Parks & Resorts named Tom -Mehrmann as president and general manager of Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort, an entertainment destination currently under construction in Beijing, China. Mehrmann is expected to play a lead role in the continued development of Universal Beijing. Once the resort is complete, he will oversee its opening and daily operations. Mehrmann will report to Page Thompson, president and chief operating officer of International, Universal Parks & Resorts. He comes to Universal from Ocean Park Corp. in Hong Kong, where he was CEO for 13 years. His prior experience includes stints at Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, and other themed entertainment companies.

1801_MOVERS_BISHOPSally Corp. Names New COO

David Bishop has joined Sally Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida, as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). He will report directly to Chairman and CEO John Wood and oversee all of Sally’s operations in Jacksonville and strategic initiatives around the world. Bishop has more than 30 years of experience in operations and an extensive background in gaming. He was previously COO of NAMCO USA, and most recently, the company’s executive vice president of strategic project development.

1801_MOVERS_FROEHLICHFroehlich Is New GM for Wilderness at the Smokies

The largest indoor water park resort in Tennessee, Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, appointed Phillip Froehlich as its general manager, where he will be responsible for overall operations of the 713-room, mountain-themed resort. Froehlich has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including positions as vice president of Westgate Resorts, general manager at Meristar Resorts and Interstate Resorts, vice president of Planet Hollywood Restaurants, and hospitality consultant with BBC Hospitality Consulting.

Galaxyland Selects GM

Adam Sikorski moves into the position of general manager of the Galaxyland Amusement Park at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada. He is responsible for the daily operation of the entire park, along with ensuring a positive work environment for employees and a safe, pleasant experience for guests, while achieving financial and development goals. Sikorski was hired as assistant manager of World Waterpark at the mall in April 2015; prior to that, he was area manager of ride operations at Canada’s Wonderland, where he began his career as a lifeguard.

DNP America Names New President

Provider of software, hardware, and media solutions for retail printing and printing solutions, DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation (IAM), announced Shinichi Yamashita has been appointed its new president, replacing Katsuyuki Oshima, who is returning to Japan to take a new position with DNP. Yamashita will be based at DNP IAM’s United States headquarters in Concord, North Carolina, and will be responsible for directing the strategic growth of DNP IAM, expanding customer relationships, and developing new business opportunities. He has worked for DNP for 28 years and served multiple roles for the company in both Japan and the United States.

1801_MOVERS_IPLAYCOIplayco Acquires Play Mart

Iplayco Corporation Ltd. of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, which designs and supplies indoor and outdoor playground equipment structures for kids, has acquired the rights to Play Mart, a playground supplier brand with a reputation for innovative designs, quality, and durability. Iplayco said this acquisition will significantly increase its offerings in Europe, and the company will realign its global supply chain to reduce costs and time to market. Soon, Iplayco will be able to supply its customers on three continents: North America, Asia, and Europe.


CAVU Designwerks, provider of media-based attractions, announced the appointment of Michael Turner, ICAE, as executive vice president, global business development. He will oversee all aspects of the company’s sales and marketing operations worldwide and work to ensure implementation of corporate strategy, extend current market partnerships, and define new markets for CAVU. Turner brings more than 34 years of experience in the entertainment and attractions industry to CAVU. He spent the last seven years at Neptune-Benson. Prior to that, he was at Gateway Ticketing Systems for more than 18 years. He started his career with Lasergate, a startup company that invented the first barcoded tickets for the amusement industry.


Lisa Oliveira joins Intercard as the debit card technology company’s business development manager for Latin America. A native of Bahia in northeastern Brazil, Oliveira is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has a deep understanding of the cultures of Latin America. As Intercard continues to expand its global business, she will focus on growing the company’s activities in Mexico and Argentina and also develop strategies for the anticipated recovery of Brazil’s economy. Oliveira has expertise in analyzing sales trends, developing market strategies, and building business in new markets. Before joining Intercard, Oliveira was sales director for the United States and Latin America for Ungerboeck Software.


WhiteWater’s Southeast Asia team is strengthened by the hiring of aquatic industry veteran Tim Mow to serve as vice president of development and technical services. He will continue to be based in Thailand and will be involved in all aspects of development and design, as well as strategic planning, client representation, pre-opening, and the technical requirements of the parks operated by WhiteWater Southeast Asia. Mow’s 30-year career began in water park operations and maintenance at four separate water parks in California. Later, he held positions at both Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai and Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi. Most recently, he was general manager of Vana Nava Water Jungle in Hua Hin, Thailand.



Triotech announced the appointment of Nol Van Genuchten as vice president creation, where he will oversee all creative aspects of attractions and experiences, as the Canadian company defines its creative direction. Van Genuchten held various positions at Cirque du Soleil as a member of the creative team that designed the renowned productions that have become a hallmark of the Cirque experience. After leaving Cirque du Soleil in 2006, Genuchten founded Creative KAOS Management, where he built and led a team experienced in live entertainment design, art and technical direction, and production management.


A new chief financial officer has joined Itec Entertainment Corp. with the hiring of Candice Telfer, who will be responsible for the financial health of the organization and overseeing business performance goals. Itec said strong cash management and sound internal controls will help secure the company’s financial future as it analyzes new models and processes to achieve added growth. Telfer previously served as vice president of finance for PowerDMS, and as controller for Empower Software Solutions.


FoxNext Destinations has named Marc Zachary as senior vice president of business development. He will lead business deals and partnerships for theme park attractions and all location-based entertainment worldwide for the company. FoxNext is currently developing the 20th Century Fox World theme park in Malaysia’s Genting Highlands and also the “Alien” Free-Roam VR Experience with iP2 Entertainment. Previously, Zachary was vice president, business development and operations for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

1801_MOVERS_ROPESRopes Courses, Clip ’n Climb Ink Manufacturing/Distribution Deal 

Ropes Courses Inc. (RCI) of Allegan, Michigan, signed a deal with New Zealand-based Clip ’n Climb to manufacture the company’s climbing structures in Michigan and assume distribution responsibilities in the North American and South American markets. Clip ’n Climb was founded in 2006 by John Targett and Tim Wethey, who were inspired by their passion for climbing and identifying strategies to make it more appealing and accessible to children and adults with limited or no climbing experience. RCI was established in 1989 by Jim Liggett and creates, develops, and installs a variety of facilities worldwide.


In an effort to support its family entertainment center (FEC) business, bowling products supplier QubicaAMF Worldwide announced Jack Siefert as its new FEC amusement sales executive. His primary role will be to grow the company’s FEC segment. Siefert has more than 30 years of experience in the attractions industry, starting as president of his own consulting firm in 1985. He has consulted and managed operations for Walt Disney World, ESPN, and Sega GameWorks.


Mark Wijman, ICAE, has been appointed director by Hong Kong-based Lan Kwai Fong Group to lead its theme park and location-based entertainment consulting arm, LKF Attractions. LKF Attractions was established in 2016 by LKF Group Chairman Dr. Allan Zeman and former Ocean Park CEO Tom Mehrmann to capitalize on the growing theme park and location-based entertainment market in Asia. Wijman has more than 20 years of experience in theme park operations in Europe and Southeast Asia and previously served as associate director of economics, design, and planning at AECOM before joining LKF Attractions.


Helix Leisure—parent company of LAI Games, Embed, and The Locker Network—made changes to the senior management of its Dallas-based U.S. operations. U.S. GM Ted Parsons is transitioning to the role of group director of business systems, where he will bridge Helix’s business units by standardizing and continually improving the group’s internal policy, enterprise resource planning, and management information. As a result, Helix is actively recruiting a new U.S. general manager who will be responsible for the strategic, financial, cultural, and operational performance of Helix Leisure’s Dallas office.

1801_MOVERS_ZIMMERMANCedar Fair Announces Leadership Changes

Cedar Fair announced that effective Jan. 1, 2018, Richard Zimmerman, president of Cedar Fair since 2016, becomes CEO of the company, succeeding Matt Ouimet, who takes the newly created role of executive chairman of the board of directors. Also effective Jan. 1, Debra Smithart-Oglesby becomes an independent director. Zimmerman will also be added to the board of directors during the 2018 annual meeting period. He has more than 30 years of experience in leisure entertainment and hospitality and was named Cedar Fair’s COO in 2011 after having served as an executive vice president since 2007.