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International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Elects 2017 Officers and New Board Members

November 16, 2016

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Elects 2017 Officers and New Board Members

Greg Hale, Vice President and Chief Safety Officer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Named IAAPA Chairman of the Board for 2017

(Orlando, Florida, US) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) elected Greg Hale, vice president and chief safety officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, as the organization’s chairman of the board for 2017. The introduction of the 2017 officers took place at the Kickoff Event for the association’s global conference and trade show, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Greg Hale Elected 2017 IAAPA Chairman
Hale joined Walt Disney World in 1988 as manager of electrical and electronics engineering. He assumed responsibility for ride and show engineering in 1989. He was named director of facilities and attractions regulatory compliance in 1995 and promoted to vice president of design, engineering, and regulatory compliance in 1999. In 2002, he was promoted to his current role as vice president and chief safety officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts where he leads a global team of ride design, operations, and maintenance professionals who oversee theme park safety and technology advancements.

An active IAAPA volunteer for nearly 20 years, Hale has served two terms on the IAAPA Board of Directors and has been a member of the association’s executive and finance, government relations, strategic planning, governance, and new technology awards committees. He has also been a member of the IAAPA Global Safety Committee including serving as its chairman for several terms. Hale plays a key leadership role in the association’s efforts to develop and harmonize industry safety standards around the globe, facilitating safety standards meetings in more than 16 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Hale holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mississippi.

He officially accepted the IAAPA chairman’s gavel during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 Kickoff Event.

2017 IAAPA Officers
The IAAPA Board of Directors also elected the following officers for the organization:
First Vice Chairman – Andreas Andersen, president and CEO, Liseberg, Sweden
IAAPA President and CEO – Paul Noland, IAAPA
Treasurer – Charles “Hank” Salemi, president, Six Flags Great America, United States

New Facility and Life Directors
Fernando Eiroa, CEO, Grupo Parques Reunidos, Spain
Ahmad Hussain, CEO, Global Village, United Arab Emirates
Paul Norton, general manager, Silverwood Theme Park, United States
Ken Whiting, president, Whiting’s Food Concessions at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, United States

New Regional Advisory Committee Chair Directors
Europe, Middle East, Africa: Amanda Thompson OBE, managing director, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ltd. and president, Stageworks Worldwide Productions, United Kingdom
North America: Bob Williams, general manager, Calaway Park, Canada

New Manufacturer and Supplier Director
Richard A. Carroll, senior vice president and COO, Jeff Ellis & Associates Inc., United States

New Past Chairman Director
Rob Norris, president, Seabreeze Park, United States

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme "Every Experience Matters" the show provides attractions industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries with everything they need to take every guest experience to the next level, whether through the thousands of innovations, the hundreds of expert-led educational opportunities, or the engaging networking opportunities. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 will draw more than 30,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 18. The more than 550,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 18. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. #IAE16

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 located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 attraction, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The nonprofit organization maintains regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA

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