IAAPA Welcomes Two New Employees

IAAPA Welcomes Two New Employees
Brian Kirkland and Nico Reynders

(Oct. 9, 2013) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) welcomes two new staff members to its headquarters and European office.

Brian Kirkland is IAAPA’s director of education programs and services and Nico Reynders joins the IAAPA Europe team as junior program manager.   

Kirkland is responsible for the development and evaluation of IAAPA’s educational offerings and assists with the management of IAAPA’s awards program.

Prior to IAAPA, Kirkland was assistant director of education at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and senior manager of learning with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Pittsburgh and has a master’s degree in the same field from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Reynders recruits new members in Europe, provides customer service for IAAPA members in the region, and handles all online marketing for the office. 

Before joining IAAPA, Reynders spent six years as the assistant front office manager at Hotel Mercure Leuven Center, an Accor Hotels property in Belgium. Reynders, an amusement park aficionado, holds a master’s degree in applied economics and a minor in marketing from the University of Hasselt. Reynders’ previous experience also includes a brief stint with Bobbejaanland, where he worked in merchandising. Reynders speaks English, French, and Dutch.

Editor’s Note: Images of Kirkland and Reynders are available at www.IAAPA.org/iaapa-new-staff-images/kirkland-and-reynders-images.

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

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Contact Information
pressoffice@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone, Media Relations Manager: cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt, Vice President of Communications: dmandt@IAAPA.org
Karen Staley, Vice President, IAAPA Europe: kstaley@IAAPA.org