Will Morey Named 2013 IAAPA Chairman of the Board

Will Morey Named 2013 IAAPA Chairman of the Board

Global Attractions Industry Trade Association also Announces New
Board Members, Officers, and Committee Chairs

(November 13, 2012) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced Will Morey, president and CEO of Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, United States, will chair the worldwide trade association’s board of directors in 2013. 

A veteran of the attractions industry, Morey started his career in 1975, shortly after his father and his uncle founded Morey’s Piers in 1969. Morey served in a number of seasonal positions in the company and then worked closely with his father and brother in residential resort development. During that time, the company created Seapoint Village, a 521-unit oceanfront community in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. The team also joined with additional partners to develop two water parks; one in San Jose, Calif., and one in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Morey assisted in various aspects of the company’s operations until 1994 when his full attention was focused on amusement operations in New Jersey. Morey was named president and CEO of Morey’s Piers in 1997. 
 

Morey has been very involved in IAAPA for many years. He was a member and chair of the association’s government relations committee and was elected to the board of directors in 2008. He also served on the executive and audit committees for IAAPA. He started the path to chairman of the board when he was named third vice chairman in 2010 and has subsequently worked his way through the roles of second and first vice chairman.  

Morey is also very involved in his community in New Jersey. Since 2001, he has served on the school board for Wildwood/Wildwood Crest Schools. He was a trustee for Cape Volunteers in Medicine, has served as a director for the Boardwalk Special Improvement District (SID), and currently serves as a director on the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Board, where he chairs the Cape of May County Capital/Scholarship Campaign. In January of 2012 he was elected a Cape May County Freeholder. Will has a passion for flying and has served as an Angel Flight volunteer pilot. 

As chairman of the board, Morey will lead IAAPA for the next year and oversee the ongoing development and implementation of the association’s 2013-2015 Strategic Plan. He will travel around the world to represent the association and the global industry.  

2013 IAAPA Officers
The IAAPA Board of Directors elected the following officers for the organization for 2013:
First Vice Chairman – Mario Mamon, chairman/president, Enchanted Kingdom, Philippines
Second Vice Chairman – Gerardo Arteaga, general manager, Fantasilandia, Chile
Third Vice Chairman – John McReynolds, senior vice president, Universal Parks and Resorts, United States
IAAPA Treasurer – Rob Norris, president, Seabreeze, United States
Incoming IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland will also be an officer of the association.

New Board Members
The following IAAPA members were elected to the board of directors at the association’s annual business meeting on Nov. 12:

Facility and Life Directors
Gregg Borman, Palace Entertainment, United States
Richard Koh, World Entertainment SDN, BHD, Malaysia
Julie Moskalyk, Science North, Canada
Chris Perry, Jumeirah Group/Wild Wadi Waterpark, United Arab Emirates
Amanda Thompson, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, England
Julio Vanegas, Carruseles, Colombia

Manufacturer and Supplier Director
Michael Turner, Neptune Benson, United States

Advisory Board Member Director
Tom Wages, International Attraction Services, United States
 

2013 Executive Committee
The IAAPA Executive Committee is appointed by the chairman of the board. In addition to the IAAPA officers, 2013 Executive Committee members are:
Michelle Kapuscinski, Fiesta Village Family Fun Park, United States
Roland Mack, Europa-Park and Immediate Past Chair, Germany
Michael Turner, Neptune Benson, United States
Alexander Weber, Jr., Ph.D, Kings Leisure Partners, United States 

2013 Committee Chairs
IAAPA is guided by the work of the board of directors and 32 member committees. The chairs of the committees are selected by the chairman of the board. Committee chairs for 2013 include:

Board Committees 
Audit – Hal McEvoy, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, United States
Compensation – Will Morey, Morey’s Piers, United States 
Executive – Will Morey, Morey’s Piers, United States
Investment – Tom Wages, International Attraction Services, United States 
Nominating – Darrell Metzger, Themed Attractions & Destination Resorts, Malaysia  
Strategic Planning – Mario Mamon, Enchanted Kingdom, Philippines

Advisory Committees
Asian Advisory – Mario Mamon, Enchanted Kingdom, Philippines
European Advisory – Bart de Boer, Efteling B.V., The Netherlands
Latin American Advisory – Julio Vanegas, Carruseles, Colombia
Communications – Pete Owens, Dollywood, United States
Education – Doug Stagner, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, United States 
Government Relations – Barbara Heffernan, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, United States 
Membership – Franceen Gonzales, Great Wolf Resorts Inc., United States 
Safety and Maintenance – Steve Blum, Universal Orlando Resort, United States
Space Allocation – Jeffrey P. Hudson, Skee Ball Inc., United States

Constituency Committees
Amusement Parks and Attractions – John Norris, Seabreeze, United States
Family Entertainment Centers – Gregg Borman, Palace Entertainment, United States
Manufacturers and Suppliers – Michael Turner, Neptune Benson, United States
Museums – Ike Kwon, California Academy of Sciences, United States
Water Parks – Chris Perry, Jumeirah Group/Wild Wadi Waterpark, United Arab Emirates
Zoos and Aquariums – David Rosenberg, Monterey Bay Aquarium, United States

Program Committees
Entertainment – Robbi Lepré, Busch Gardens Tampa, United States 
Facility Operations – Jon Storbeck, The Disneyland Resort, United States
Financial Management and IT – Eli Stovall, Amusement Management Partners, United States
Food and Beverage – Ken Whiting, Whiting’s Foods/WAVES for Success, United States
Games – Greg Morrow, Lake Winnepesaukah, United States
Human Resources – Shaun McKeogh, ProFun/Happyland, Vietnam
Marketing – Heather Moyer, Legoland California, United States
Merchandising – Adrea Gibbs, Dolphin Quest, United States

Awards Committees
Exhibitor Awards – Bob Logan, Innovative Leisure Partners, United States
Hall of Fame and Archives – Ron Gustafson, Quassy Amusement Park, United States
Service Awards – Bobbie Wages, International Attraction Services, United States

About IAAPA
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 4,300 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, water parks, 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 has regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. 
www.IAAPA.org

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Editor’s Note: A photo of Will Morey can be found here.