IAAPA Board Elects Mario O. Mamon Third Vice Chairman
Mamon is First Industry Executive from Asia to
Lead Worldwide Attractions Association
(Oct. 12, 2010) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Board of Directors elected Mario O. Mamon third vice chairman during its meeting Oct. 5 in Rome. Mamon is the first attractions industry executive from Asia to be named to the position. He will move through the positions of third, second, and first vice chairman before leading the association as its chairman in 2014.
Mamon is chairman and president of Enchanted Kingdom (EK) in the Philippines. He will assume the role as IAAPA’s third vice chairman during the association’s convention and trade show, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 in Orlando Nov. 16.
“Mario has been an industry leader and a dedicated IAAPA volunteer for many years,” said Mats Wedin, chairman of the IAAPA nominating committee and president and CEO of Liseberg in Sweden. “We were very impressed with Mario’s background and experience. He understands the issues and opportunities that are important to IAAPA and to the global attractions industry and he has firsthand experience in the industry’s fastest-growing region, Asia-Pacific. We know he will play a key role in moving the association forward in the years ahead.”
Mamon has been involved in the attractions industry since 1992 when he organized, conceptualized, and managed the construction of the Enchanted Kingdom theme park which is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary. In 1999, Mamon, Enchanted Kingdom’s chairman of the board, was also named president and CEO.
Since 1992, Mamon has been an active volunteer in IAAPA. He has been a speaker at several of the association’s trade shows in Asia and was a member of the IAAPA Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002. He was also a member of the membership committee, the convention and trade show advisory committee, service awards committee, Asian Attractions Expo education committee, and he currently serves on the association’s advisory committee for the Asia-Pacific region.
Mamon was part of a core group of individuals who created IAAPA-ASEAN (the attractions industry federation of national associations in Southeast Asia) in 2005 and in 2006 he spearheaded the formation of the national association for the attractions industry in the Philippines (PhilAPPA).
Mamon is the president of PhilAPPA, president of the Laguna Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), and is the vice president for membership of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP). He is a member of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) (the leading association of CEOs in the country), and of the influential Makati Business Club (MBC). He is also a founding trustee of various business associations in the area around Enchanted Kingdom including the Calamba City Business Club, Santa Rosa City Business Club, Laguna Tourism Federation, and the LINK-IT Foundation.
Mamon is a trustee of his alma mater’s alumni foundation at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB) College of Economics and Management. He also received the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for Entrepreneurship in 2008. In 2006, Mamon received the award for excellence in business communication from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in the Philippines.
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 amusement 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
A headshot of Mario O. Mamon is available atwww.IAAPA.org/pressroom/MamonThirdViceChair.asp.