Movers & Shakers - November 2017



Billye Henry—who with her late husband Bob Henry developed the attraction in New Braunfels, Texas, that became the first Schlitterbahn water park—passed away at age 87 on Aug. 17. As the two explored ideas for operating their own business in 1966, Billye saw a newspaper ad about a small campground on the banks of the Comal River. There they began operations of Camp Landa, a 13-acre campground, and after years of reinvestments and improvements, created the foundation for what developed into Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts.

1711_movers_mcpeekCenterEdge Hires Support Manager

CenterEdge Software—a provider of point-of-sale, online sales and reservations, and ticketing systems for entertainment and recreation facilities—brought Kimberly McPeek on board as support manager. In this role, she will lead the support team in meeting customer service goals and service-level agreements, and she will also manage and mentor staff support technicians. Before joining CenterEdge Software, McPeek served as project manager for Verizon in North Carolina, where she managed a diverse product set across multiple carriers and was the single point of contact for customer orders and billing.

1711_movers_godseyVolunteer Honored at Tennessee Aquarium

Years after developing a passion for scuba diving in 1956, Bill Godsey became a volunteer diver at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when it opened in 1992. On Aug. 28, 2017, he was officially recognized by Tennessee Aquarium President and CEO Keith Sanford for logging 10,000 volunteer hours there. Over the years, Godsey, now 82, has instructed aquatic safety courses, helped maintain dive equipment, overseen dive tests for other volunteers, and served on the aquarium’s dive safety control board. In 2016, the aquarium’s volunteers donated almost 64,000 hours of their time, the equivalent of more than 30 full-time positions and more than $1.5 million in pay.

1711_movers_gattilloTony Gattillo

Tony Gattillo joined Triotech as the company’s regional sales director for Europe and Africa. Gattillo brings more than 20 years of experience in the attractions industry, building close relationships with bowling centers, distribution partners, and other key industry players across Europe. Triotech said his knowledge of the European market is an important asset to the company since Europe is a key and growing region for Triotech as it continues to expand globally.

1711_movers_henriksenPeter Henriksen

Tema Design by MK Illumination announced Peter Henriksen as its new head of design. For 20 years, Henriksen worked as a freelancer for a number of themed attractions including Skånes Djurpark, Den Blå Planet, and Kongeparken. For the past 12 years, he worked as senior art director for Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1711_movers_tiptonMichael Tipton

Redemption Plus announced the hiring of Michael Tipton as chief value architect and head of its consumer success and marketing departments. He will be responsible for making sure all interactions with Redemption Plus are customer-centric and beneficial while building relationships within the industry. Prior to coming to Redemption Plus, Tipton worked five years for Emfluence, a digital marketing platform and software provider, where he implemented strategic growth and marketing plans.