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IAAPA 2011 Officers, Board Members, Leadership Confirmed Bob Rippy to Chair Board of Directors

(Nov. 16, 2010) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced Bob Rippy, president of Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park in Wilmington, North Carolina, will chair the organization’s board of directors for 2011.

In 1985, after a successful career on Wall Street with E.F. Hutton, Robison Humphrey and Co., and The Equity Group, Rippy became a silent partner in Jungle Rapids, a family entertainment center in Wilmington, North Carolina. In 1990, Rippy purchased the park and expanded it to include a waterpark.

Rippy has been an active member of IAAPA for many years. He has served on the IAAPA FEC, membership, investment, executive, and strategic planning committees and on the IAAPA Board of Directors. In addition to his contributions to IAAPA and the attractions industry, Rippy has served on numerous community and philanthropic boards, including the Wilmington International Airport Authority, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Visitors Bureau, East Carolina University Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Business Advisory Board, and the Small Business Advisory Board for North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry.

2011 IAAPA Officers
The board of directors elected the following officers for the organization for 2011: Roland Mack, managing director of Europa-Park (Rust, Germany) – first vice chairman; Will Morey, president and CEO of Morey’s Piers (Wildwood, New Jersey, United States) – second vice chairman; Mario Mamon, chairman and president of Enchanted Kingdom (Philippines). IAAPA President and CEO Charlie Bray is also an officer of the organization.

The IAAPA membership elected Rob Norris, president of Seabreeze Park (Rochester, New York, United States) treasurer.

New Board Members
The following IAAPA members were elected to the board of directors at the association’s annual business meeting on Nov. 16:

Facility and Life Directors
Ricardo Castillo, IRTRA, Guatemala
Franceen Gonzales, Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., United States
Richard Sanfilippo, Sam’s Fun City, United States
Arijit Sengupta, Nicco Resorts, India

Manufacturer and Supplier Director
Jack Mendes, BSR Group, LLC, United States

Advisory Board Member Director
Clark Robinson, United States

2011 Executive Committee
The IAAPA Executive Committee is appointed by the chairman of the board. In addition to the IAAPA officers, 2011 Executive Committee members include:

Chip Cleary, Immediate Past IAAPA Chairman, Splish Splash/Parques Reunidos, United States/Spain
Mario Catarinella, Director, Parque de Diversiones, Costa Rica
Tim Timco, Director, PMG Direct, United States
John McReynolds, Member-at-Large, Universal Orlando Resort

2011 Committee Chairs
IAAPA is guided by the work of the board of directors and 35 member committees and subcommittees. The chairs of the committees are selected by the chairman of the board. Committee chairs for 2011 include:

Board Committees 
Audit – Paul Noland, Disney Destinations, LLC, United States 
Compensation – Bob Rippy, Jungle Rapids, United States 
Executive – Bob Rippy, Jungle Rapids, United States 
Investment – Tom Wages, International Attraction Services, United States 
Nominating – Bob Masterson, Golden Planet Leisure, United States 
Strategic Planning – Roland Mack, Europa-Park, Germany

Advisory Committees
Asian Advisory – Tony Sze, Chimelong Resort, China
European Advisory – Mats Wedin, Liseberg, Sweden
Government Relations Subcommittee – Alain Trouvé, Compagnie de Alpes, France
Education Subcommittee – Marcel Schonenberg, Beurs van Berlage C.V., Belgium
Manufacturers and Suppliers Subcommittee – Sascha Czibulka, Liechtenstein
Latin American Advisory – Julio Vanegas, Carruseles Ltda., Colombia
Communications – Paula Werne, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, United States
Education – Doug Stagner, SeaWorld, United States 
Government Relations – John McReynolds, Universal Orlando Resort, United States 
Membership – Franceen Gonzales, Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., United States 
Safety and Maintenance –  Greg Hale, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, United States

Constituency Committees
Amusement Parks and Attractions – John Chidester, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, United States
Family Entertainment Centers – Tim Sorge, Swings ‘N Things, United States
Manufacturer and Suppliers – Tim Timco, PMG Direct, United States
Space Allocation – Jack Mendes, BSR Group, LLC, United States
Museum – Audrey O’Connell, Natural History Museum of London, United Kingdom
Waterparks – Andrew Maurek, Hyland Hills Water World, United States
Zoos and Aquariums – David Rosenberg, Monterey Bay Aquarium, United States

Program Committees
Entertainment – Robbi LePré, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, United States                
Facility Operations – Keith Brown, Ontario Place, Canada
Finance and IT – Neva Richardson, Two-Headed Shark, United States
Food and Beverage – Ken Whiting, Whiting’s Foods, United States
Games – Leanna Muscato, Knoebels Grove, United States
Human Resources – Matt Heller, Universal Orlando Resort, United States
Marketing – Ron McKenzie, Six Flags St. Louis, United States
Merchandising – Gary Popp, Hersheypark, United States

Awards Committees
Exhibitor Awards – Chuck Corley, United States
Hall of Fame and Archives – Tim O’Brien, Ripley Entertainment, United States
Service Awards – Bobbie Wages, International Attraction Services, United States

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. 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. IAAPA represents more than 4,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, waterparks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. Revenue generated for the association by its involvement in trade shows and other activities are returned to the association to fund services for its members and the industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org


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