The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Presents Prominent Industry Service Awards at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016

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November 16, 2016

 

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Presents Prominent Industry Service Awards at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016

John Wood of Sally Corporation, Laura Woodburn of Hersheypark,
Dorothy Lewis of Xpress Posts Honored

(Orlando, FL, USA) — The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) recognized the 2016 IAAPA Service Award winners during the GM and Owners’ Breakfast at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Orlando, Florida. The awards honor individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the global attractions industry. The 2016 IAAPA Service Award recipients are John Wood, ICAE, of Sally Corporation, Jacksonville, Florida, United States; Laura Woodburn, ICAE, of Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States; and Dorothy Lewis of Xpress Posts, Danbury, Connecticut, United States. 

John WoodIAAPA Lifetime Service Award Winner – John Wood, Sally Corporation, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
John Wood, ICAE, of Sally Corporation, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, received the IAAPA Lifetime Service Award, which recognizes a member individual’s consistent and long-term achievements serving the association and the industry in excess of 20 years. Wood has been an attractions industry professional for more than 36 years. He served two terms on the IAAPA Board of Directors, and he has actively served on several of IAAPA’s volunteer committees and global task forces, including the Space Allocation Committee, IAAPA Service Awards Committee, Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee, Audit Committee, and the IAAPA Hall of Fame and Archives committee. Since becoming an IAAPA member in 1978, Wood has been a long-term supporter of the association’s mission and was awarded the IAAPA Meritorious Service Award in 1994.  Wood was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame in 2013 for his role in reviving dark ride attractions around the world.

Laura WoodburnIAAPA Outstanding Service Award Winner – Laura Woodburn, Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Laura Woodburn, ICAE, of Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, received the IAAPA 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 regionally, nationally, or internationally. Woodburn is a recognized and respected leader in the amusement park industry, specializing in the area of ride safety. She is a trusted authority on amusement ride safety and serves as a board member and official spokesperson of the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO). In 2013, Woodburn received NAARSO’s “Person of the Year” award for her contributions to the association’s first-ride operations certification program. Woodburn is an active industry volunteer, who uses her experience to teach classes at IAAPA Attractions Expo and serves on IAAPA’s ride operations training task force while also chairing the facility operations subcommittee.

Dorothy LewisIAAPA Meritorious Service Award Winner – Dorothy Lewis, Xpress Posts, Danbury, Connecticut, United States 
Dorothy Lewis of Xpress Posts, Danbury, Connecticut, United States, earned the IAAPA Meritorious Service Award, which is presented in recognition of a member individual's service to and for the association which advances IAAPA’s mission to serve the membership by promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth, and commercial success of the amusement parks and attractions industry. For more than 20 years, Lewis has been a respected leader in the education realm of the attractions industry, particularly in relation to family entertainment centers, and her presentations at IAAPA Attractions Expo continue to be a staple of the conference program. She helped initiate and nurture the very successful IAAPA Rookies and Newcomers program and has been instrumental in the success of the annual IAAPA FEC Summit. Lewis was a volunteer member of the IAAPA FEC Committee for five years, serving as committee chair in 2010. She was also chair of the IAAPA FEC Committee’s education work group. In addition to her IAAPA work, Lewis is a past president of the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry (IALEI) and current officer of the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

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

About IAAPA
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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