Ripley Entertainment President Jim Pattison, Jr. to Deliver Keynote Address at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 GM and Owners’ Breakfast

(June 12, 2014) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced President of Ripley Entertainment Jim Pattison, Jr. will address attractions industry leaders as the GM and Owners’ Breakfast keynote speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 19, during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014. The Expo, which is the premier conference and trade show for the $24 billion global attractions industry, takes place Nov. 17-21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Pattison will tell the compelling story of Ripley Entertainment, stretching back to 1918 when founder Robert Ripley began to establish himself as a household name with the popular cartoon “Believe It or Not!” Today, Ripley Entertainment operates more than 90 attractions in 10 countries, including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, Ripley’s Aquariums, Guinness World Records Attractions, Ripley’s Moving Theaters, Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Mazes, Ripley’s Haunted Adventures, and many more. The company also publishes more than 1 million books annually and has the longest continuously published newspaper comic in history.

Pattison will share what has enabled Ripley Entertainment to remain successful for nearly a century and is anticipated to surprise the audience in true Ripley fashion.

Since joining Ripley Entertainment in 1990, Pattison has played key roles in the company’s operation and growth. He was named president of the company in December of 2007.

“Jim is a well-respected industry veteran with a long track record of success,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “Attendees of the GM and Owners’ Breakfast will take away valuable lessons that Pattison used to help build Ripley into what it is today.”

The IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 GM and Owners’ Breakfast will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the IAAPA Theater presented by The Wanda Group. Tickets to attend the event are now available. To purchase a ticket, register for IAAPA Attractions Expo and select a ticket for that event. Tickets must be purchased in addition to Expo registration and in advance of the event. Cost to attend the event is US$90 for IAAPA members and US$120 for non-members. Ticket price includes a hot plated breakfast.

Sponsors of the GM and Owners’ Breakfast include accesso, CNL Lifestyle Properties, and Mack Rides.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme “Big Starts Here,” the show will take place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and draw more than 27,000 industry professionals from 100 countries to the event from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. The 500,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will open Tuesday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 21. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is the gathering place for attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries to view the latest innovations, plan for the future, learn from each other, and network. Additional information can be found at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

About IAAPA
Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and the industry’s suppliers, 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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Editor’s Note: A photo of Jim Pattison, Jr. is available for download at www.IAAPA.org/jim-pattison-jr-image.

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