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Prominent Industry Professionals Awarded Service Awards During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Presents Prominent Industry Service Awards During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015

Ricardo Castillo Sinibaldi, Paul Pei, and David Rosenberg honored for their service to IAAPA and the attractions industry

(Orlando, Florida, US) - The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) recognized the 2015 IAAPA Service Award winners during the GM and Owners’ Breakfast at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 on Wednesday, November 18, in Orlando, Florida. The awards honor individuals for their distinct contributions to the global attractions industry. The 2015 award recipients are Ricardo Sinibaldi Castillo of IRTRA in Guatemala City, Guatemala; David Rosenberg of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California; and Paul Pei, formerly of Ocean Park in Hong Kong SAR, China.

Lifetime Service Award Winner

Ricardo Castillo Sinibaldi of IRTRA in Guatemala City, Guatemala, was the recipient of the IAAPA Lifetime Service Award, which recognizes a member, individual, or organization’s continual service to the attractions industry.

An attractions industry professional with more than 50 years’ experience, Sinibaldi has built five amusement parks and several high-quality hotels in his native Guatemala. He founded the Institute for the Recreation of the Workers of the Guatemalan Private Sector (IRTRA), which brings together amusement and hospitality workers around the country, and currently serves as the organization’s president. Dedicated to serving the international amusement industry, Sinibaldi has served on the IAAPA Governance Committee, was chair and member of the Latin American Regional Advisory Committee, and has served multiple terms on the IAAPA Board of Directors. He was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame in 2009 and is also is a member of the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame.

Outstanding Service Award Winner

David Rosenberg, general manager of guest experience for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, received the Outstanding Service Award, which is presented in recognition of a member individual who works to foster the spirit of goodwill, professionalism, and higher levels of performance within the industry.

An attractions industry professional who has worked at theme parks, hotels, and now aquariums, Rosenberg is dedicated to improving the guest experience at his attractions and hospitality venues. He has been a member of IAAPA since 2008 and currently serves on the IAAPA Board of Directors. He has also contributed to the organization by submitting stories to IAAPA’s Funworld magazine, chairing IAAPA’s Membership and Zoo and Aquarium Committees, and serving as a faculty member for IAAPA education programs.  In addition to his IAAPA involvement, Rosenberg sits on the executive committee for the Monterey County Hospitality Association and is a member of the academic advisory committee for the school of business at California State University. 

Meritorious Service Award Winner

Paul Pei, formerly with Ocean Park in Hong Kong SAR, China, won the Meritorious Service Award, which is presented in recognition of a member individual's service to and for the association by advancing the IAAPA mission.

Pei has been an active volunteer with IAAPA for the past 15 years, serving the organization in a variety of ways. He has participated in various IAAPA committees including the Executive and Finance Committee, the Membership Committee, the Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee, Asia Pacific Membership Subcommittee, and the IAAPA Service Awards Committee. He served on the IAAPA Marketing Committee for six years, including three years as committee chair. Pei has been an instructor at the Institute of Attractions Managers and a speaker at numerous IAAPA events.

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 525,000-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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