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IAAPA Welcomes Three New Staffers; Announces Two Promotions

(Oct. 17, 2014) The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has added three new employees and promoted two others. Felicia Fett is now IAAPA’s board of directors and committee administrator; Melony Bildhauer joins the IAAPA team as director, meetings and special events; and Alma Aguilar is the new an administrative assistant for Latin America. Fett and Bildhauer report to IAAPA’s headquarters office in Alexandria, Virginia, while Aguilar will work from IAAPA’s Latin American regional office in Mexico City, Mexico.

Two IAAPA headquarters employees, Colleen Mangone and Victor Danau, have been promoted to director, media relations, and director, education programs and services, respectively.

Fett joins IAAPA after 15 years in strategic planning, nonprofit board and organizational administration, governance, development, and fundraising management. Her previous employers include Africare, Raffa, Freddie Mac, and the Freddie Mac Foundation. As IAAPA’s board of directors and committee administrator, Fett provides the association’s president and CEO and executive vice president with administrative and project management support relating to the IAAPA Board of Directors, the association’s executive and finance committee, and assists with committee administration throughout the organization.

Bildhauer assists in planning and facilitating IAAPA’s conferences, meetings, and events around the world. Before joining IAAPA, Bildhauer served as the senior meeting planner for the NTCA – the Rural Broadband Association, and previously as deputy director of conference management with Envision EMI. She was also the program manager of 20 clubs with the National Association of Home Builders.

Aguilar joins IAAPA with 13 years of experience in the hospitality and cruise industries. As administrative assistant in the Latin American office, she provides support for regional programs and member services offered by IAAPA, including membership sales, educational programs, communications, and event management. She is fluent in five languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Prior to IAAPA, Aguilar served as a guest service officer and International Ambassador for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Mangone’s responsibilities include managing IAAPA News Flash, the association’s website content strategy, co-managing the charitable programs, and overseeing executive communications for the association. She also oversees IAAPA’s media relations strategy.

In his new position, Danau develops and manages educational programs on a global basis, as well as education sessions at IAAPA Expos. He leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Brass Ring Awards programs at IAAPA Attractions Expo and also serves as a staff liaison to several committees involved in the association’s educational programming.

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About IAAPA
Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org

Contact Information:
pressoffice@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone, Director, Media Relations, cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt, VP, Marketing and Communications, dmandt@IAAPA.org