Guy Drouin Passes Away
The entrepreneur who brought Canada’s largest water park, Calypso Theme Waterpark, to Limoges, Ontario, has died after an extended battle with cancer. Guy Drouin, 68, began working in theme parks in 1972 when he bought a toboggan hill owned by his father in Valcartier, outside of Quebec City. He added groomed ski trails, a snowtubing hill, and ice-skating rinks, creating a large winter-themed resort called Valcartier Vacation Village. In 2010, he opened the 100-acre Calypso water park. His latest project was Bora Park, a $70 million indoor water park in Valcartier that recently opened.
WhiteWater Names New Business Development Exec
WhiteWater named Nathan Jones its global head of attractions business development. He will guide and complement the company’s water park team by heading strategic initiatives to drive future growth for WhiteWater’s dry amusement park portfolio. Jones has held executive management positions for several of the world’s top manufacturers. The past three years, he served as vice president of sales and marketing, North America, for Vekoma Rides Manufacturing. He was part of the management team that steered the partnership with Brogent Technologies. Before that, he was with WhiteWater for eight years as sales director, primarily dealing with key accounts in the Americas.
Sarner Hires Engineer, Editor
Sarner, the audiovisual engineering company that designs, builds, and installs experiences for museums and theme parks around the world, recently welcomed Simon Hamblin and Anastasia Pyrovolaki to the company. Hamblin is Sarner’s new senior audiovisual engineer and brings 24 years of design and engineering experience to the role, including work in the live events, corporate, leisure, and entertainment segments. Pyrovolaki is the company’s new production assistant and editor. After serving as a TV stylist, she worked as a production assistant and production manager in the creation of more than 200 music videos. She then enrolled in filmmaking at the Met Film School in London and has since been freelancing as a videographer and editor.
Gateway Partners with Digonex
Gateway Ticketing Systems announced a new alliance with Digonex, a provider of dynamic pricing solutions for the attractions industry. Gateway says the alliance will provide its customers seamless access to Digonex’s powerful dynamic pricing technology that automates the process of optimizing and updating prices to hasten revenue growth, shift attendance from peak periods to shoulder periods, and enhance community accessibility. Gateway and Digonex both have a diverse customer base that includes zoos, aquariums, theme parks, museums, and other attractions and tours.
ASTM Announces New Conveyor Standard
ASTM International’s committee on amusement rides and devices, F24, has developed the first standard specifically for the use of conveyors in water parks. The new standard will soon be published as F3158, Practice for Water Slide Conveyors for Rafts, Tubes, and Guests. The focus of the standard is on the safety of conveyors used for transportation in water-related amusement rides. ASTM member Harlan Bryant, who is district engineer for the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District in Denver, Colorado, says the practice was written to provide guidance to manufacturers and regulators on the design, manufacture, and construction of conveyors. He adds that it will also help owners understand the expected operation and maintenance requirements of conveyors used in water parks.
Sabra Reyes has been brought on board by Santa Cruz Seaside Company to serve as its new director of human resources, including employment, compensation, benefits, training, and employee relations for its more than 1,500 seasonal and 200 year-round employees. The family-run company includes the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Boardwalk Bowl, Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove, and the Sea & Sand Inn and Carousel Beach Inn. Reyes previously served as HR director for New Leaf Community Markets. She replaces Kathy Deagen, who retired from Santa Cruz Seaside Company after 26 years of service.
Colin Bryan, CEO of Drayton Manor park in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, has received an OBE, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his charity work, philanthropy, and ongoing contributions to tourism in Great Britain. The son of the founders of Drayton Manor, George and Vera Bryan, Colin received the honor from Her Majesty, the Queen of England. His parents bought the park property in 1949 and transformed it into one of the top five theme parks in the United Kingdom. For many years, Bryan has supported numerous charities and community initiatives, including the park’s main charity of which he is a patron, KidsOut.