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Global Attractions Association Elects Officers and New Board Members

John McReynolds, Senior Vice President of Universal Parks and Resorts, Named IAAPA Chairman of the Board for 2016

Global Attractions Association Elects Officers and New Board Members

(Orlando, Florida, US) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has elected John McReynolds, senior vice president of Universal Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Florida, as the organization’s chairman of the board for 2016. The introduction of the 2016 officers took place at the organization’s annual business meeting this morning during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 in Orlando, Florida. IAAPA also named Andreas Andersen, president and CEO of Liseberg in Sweden, as Second Vice President and new directors to its board of directors.

IAAPA Chairman John McReynolds began his career in the attractions industry in 1995 when he joined Universal Orlando as manager of government relations, responsible for Universal’s interaction with Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C. He was promoted to vice president in 1999 and increased his duties to include government relations oversight responsibility for Universal Studios Hollywood in 2001. McReynolds was named senior vice president in 2007 and now supervises political, regulatory, and legislative matters for Universal’s worldwide parks as well as community involvement and real estate entitlements in Central Florida.

Prior to joining Universal, McReynolds served on the staff of United States Senator Connie Mack (R-Florida) for eight years.

McReynolds’ involvement in IAAPA has included positions as a member of the board of directors for the IAAPA Foundation. He has served multiple terms on the IAAPA Board of Directors, first joining the board in 2002. He was also on the association’s executive and nominating committees; and has chaired the IAAPA Government Relations and Political Action Committees.

In addition, McReynolds is involved in a number of travel industry, civic, and community organizations in Orlando, including the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida, Leadership Orlando, Orlando Economic Development Commission, and BusinessForce. 

2016 IAAPA Officers

The IAAPA Board of Directors also elected the following officers for the organization for 2016:

First Vice Chairman - Greg Hale, vice president and chief safety officer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, United States

Second Vice Chairman – Andreas Andersen, president and CEO, Liseberg, Sweden

IAAPA President and CEO - Paul Noland, IAAPA

Treasurer and New Directors

The following IAAPA members were elected to serve the association:


Charles “Hank” Salemi, president, Six Flags Great America, United States

Facility and Life Directors

Kyle Allison, general manager, Andy Alligator’s Fun Park & Water Park, United States

Wuthichai Luangamornlert, managing director, City Walk Co., Ltd. (AFN), Thailand

Al Weber, president and CEO, Apex Parks Group, United States

Regional Advisory Committee Chair Directors

Cecilia Chavez, owner and executive director, La Granja Villa Y Su Mondo Magico, S.A., Peru

Matthias Li, deputy chief executive and CFO, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong

Amanda Thompson OBE, managing director, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Ltd. and president, Stageworks Worldwide Productions, United Kingdom

Manufacturer and Supplier Directors

Sascha Czibulka, executive vice president, Intamin Amusement Rides Int. Corp. Est., Liechtenstein

Richard (RAC) Carroll, senior vice president and COO, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc., United States

Past Chairman Director

Rene Aziz, president, Grupo Divertido, Mexico

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme “NEW. NOW. NEXT!,” the show will take place in Orlando, Florida, and draw more than 28,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The 550,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 is the global gathering place for attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries. They come together to view the latest innovations, learn from each other, network, and plan for the future. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. @IAAPAHQ #IAE15



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 4,800 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, Hong Kong, and Orlando.  www.IAAPA.org


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