Launch - Movers & Shakers - October 2018


Electrosonic Names New CEO

Electrosonic named Jon Hancock as CEO of Electrosonic Group Ltd. and all of its subsidiary companies. His role will encompass opportunities to grow the company, while providing increased value to multinational customers by bringing Electrosonic’s international centers closer together. The U.K.-based Hancock started his career in retail banking before moving into consulting and information technology (IT) professional services. As chief operating officer of a global IT services firm, he contributed to its growth from a $100 million to a $700 million operation. He said Electrosonic’s goal will be to have a single mission and coordinated message to the marketplace about its design, build, and services capabilities.


Parques Reunidos Gets New Chairman, New Water Park

The Board of Directors of Parques Reunidos appointed Richard Golding as the new nonexecutive chairman of the board after accepting the resignation of previous chairman Peter Long. Golding served as CEO of Parques Reunidos from 2003 to 2014, and the company credits him with its historic growth and development through the improvement of park operations and acquisitions.  

Parques Reunidos also recently expanded into Australia with the acquisition of Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney water park. The investment of around 40 million Australian dollars is the company’s first step for expansion into the Southern Hemisphere. The 24-hectare Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney opened in 2013 and offers 40 attractions. Parques Reunidos now operates 22 water parks around the world.


In Memoriam

John Holer, founder of Marineland amusement park at Niagara Falls, passed away at the age of 83. Cited as a visionary, a pioneer, and a pillar in the Canadian tourism industry, Holer was born in 1935 in Slovenia, (which was then part of Yugoslavia) then immigrated to Canada in the 1950s and opened a circus. He opened the family-owned Marineland in 1963, starting the park with sea lion presentations. It grew in size to around 1,000 acres that included killer whales, dolphins, and beluga whales, in addition to non-marine animals.


Space Center Houston’s First Scientist in Residence

Space Center Houston at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Texas, welcomed NASA veteran scientist John B. Charles, Ph.D., as its first scientist in residence. The new role will emphasize the human health and performance aspect of space exploration into the center’s learning environment. The 33-year NASA veteran will help interpret space research and integrate it into guest experiences and education programs through exhibits, presentations, and experiential activities and curriculum. Dr. Charles previously served as chief scientist, human research program, at NASA Johnson Space Center and led NASA’s space life sciences planning for the joint U.S./Russian One-Year Mission on the International Space Station.


New York State Society of Professional Engineers Recognizes Young Engineer of the Year

Staff engineer with McLaren Engineering Group, Jake Leventhal, P.E., was bestowed with the Young Engineer of the Year award by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He was presented with the award for his innovative, custom engineering solutions to complex projects. With more than six years of structural engineering experience, Leventhal is responsible for all of McLaren’s facade projects.


BRPH Selects Executive Director

Former SeaWorld Corporate Director of Experience Design, Josh Adcock, joined Central Florida-based architectural design firm BRPH as executive director of creative. The 15-year veteran of the creative design industry will be based at BRPH’s Orlando office and will work with clients and the BRPH creative team to develop project proposals and concepts and execute creative strategies that meet client goals. He’ll also oversee the BRPH Creative Services Team. Previously at SeaWorld, Adcock was responsible for executing new attractions, food and beverage, and retail experiences for 12 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across North America. Before joining SeaWorld, he served as creative director for Falcon’s Creative Group.


Whitewater Agreement with Life Floor

WhiteWater entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Life Floor to market a patented foam-rubber flooring system to the global water park market. The companies said the system significantly reduces slips and falls, minimizing bumps and bruises.