Launch - Movers & Shakers - April 2018

In Memoriam

1804_movers_pendeltonJerry Pendleton, founder and president of SkyTrans Manufacturing LLC, passed away on Dec. 28, 2017, at age 79. An alumnus of the University of New Hampshire, Pendleton started his career with O.D. Hopkins in 1960 and eventually became president of the company in 1988. Under his leadership, the company expanded from the aerial tramway business into roller coasters and water rides, and it became a leading manufacturer of rides, including log flumes, shoot the chutes, and raft rides. In 2002, Pendleton started SkyTrans Manufacturing with his sons, focusing on water rides and bringing aerial tramways to zoos.

Helix Leisure Acquires Booking Boss 

Helix Leisure announced the acquisition of Booking Boss, a provider of online booking, ticketing, and point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the tour, activity, and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Booking Boss provides cloud-based ticketing, reservation, and POS solutions to businesses looking to modernize business practices and retain customers through memberships and season passes. Booking Boss’ founders, Renee and Andy Welsh, will remain with the company to run the business.


Six Flags Promotes Six

Six Flags named new park presidents for five of its parks. Peter Carmichael is the new president of Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, succeeding John Winkler, who is now president of Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, New Jersey. Winkler succeeds Neal Thurman, who has taken over as park president of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, California. Thurman replaces Bonnie Sherman Weber, who has been promoted to senior vice president of In-Park Services at Six Flags’ corporate office. Phil Liggett takes over for Carmichael as park president of Six Flags St. Louis, leaving La Ronde theme park in Montreal. Janine Durette is La Ronde’s new park president, the first woman to hold the position since the park’s inception in 1967. She worked as La Ronde’s director of finance for the past five years.


Jim Dunn

1804_movers_dunnJim Dunn was promoted to the position of president at Aquatic Development Group (ADG), designers and builders of water parks and recreational water park attractions. Former president Ken Ellis will retain his role of CEO. Dunn joined ADG in 1988 in the design department. He’s a registered architect with more than 30 years of experience in aquatic design and has a portfolio of numerous water parks and resorts across the United States. Most recently, he was executive vice president of ADG.

Tommy Byungsuk Jeong

1804_movers_jeongEverland Resort in Yongin, South Korea, announced Tommy Byungsuk Jeong as its new executive vice president, head of resort business division. Jeong joined Samsung Electronics in 1987 and over the next 23 years held positions at the Samsung Electronics Leadership Center and Samsung Electronics USA (Everland Resort is operated by Samsung C&T Everland, a subsidiary of the Samsung Group). In 2010, he became vice president and human resources team leader at Samsung Everland and in 2015 was named executive vice president, park operation team leader, Samsung C&T Everland.

Michael Dishian

1804_movers_dishianIntercard, provider of debit card technology for the attractions industry, hired Michael Dishian as its chief financial officer. He brings more than 30 years of experience as an accountant, controller, and CFO for large and growing companies. Intercard says as it continues to expand its global business, Dishian will direct strategic planning and budget development, and supervise purchasing and manufacturing. Previously, he worked with Prism Medical U.S, Spartech Packaging Technologies, GatewayCDI, and Corporate Express.