Oct. 12, 2009
IAAPA Board Elects Will Morey Third Vice Chairman
Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) elected Will Morey, third vice chairman during their meeting on Sept. 29. Morey will move through the positions of third, second, and first vice chairman before leading the association as its chairman of the board in 2013. He will assume his new role as third vice chairman during IAAPA Attractions Expo in Las Vegas on Nov. 17.
A veteran of the attractions industry, Morey started his career in 1969, the same year his father and his uncle founded Morey’s Piers. Morey worked in a number of seasonal positions in the company until he worked closely with his father and brother in resort residential development. During that time, the company developed Seapoint Village, a 521-unit, oceanfront community in Wildwood Crest, N.J. The team also developed two waterparks, one in San Jose, Calif., and one in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Morey assisted in various aspects of the company’s operations until 1994 when his full attention was focused on amusement operations in New Jersey. Morey was named president and CEO of Morey’s Piers in 1997.
Since 2001, Morey has served on the school board for Wildwood/Wildwood Crest Schools. He was a trustee for Cape Volunteers in Medicine, has served as a director for the Boardwalk Special Improvement District (SID), and currently serves as a director on the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Board, where he chairs the Cape of May County Capital/Scholarship Campaign. Morey has a passion for flying and has also served as an Angel Flight volunteer pilot.
Morey has been very involved in IAAPA for many years. He was a member of the trade association’s government relations committee from 2001 to 2005 and chaired the committee from 2006 – 2009. He was elected to the IAAPA board of directors in 2008 and has served on the executive committee and audit committee for the association.
“Given Will Morey’s long involvement with IAAPA and his personal and family history in our industry, I feel Will is well qualified for third vice chair of the association,” said Bob Masterson past chairman of IAAPA.
Dick Kinzel, chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Cedar Fair, LP., added “I am confident Will Morey will serve the position of third vice chair with the same dedication and enthusiasm that he has exhibited in each of his undertakings on behalf of IAAPA.”
Morey said he wants to help the attractions business grow and contribute back to an industry that has had a significant impact on his life and that of his family. “For IAAPA to continue to meet the needs of the industry, the association must advance its presence and service around the globe.” Continuing, he added “It’s important for IAAPA to maintain among its leadership a strong independent owner perspective following the wake of massive consolidation in our industry. I can contribute that perspective but still maintain focus on the needs of our large/multipark membership.”
IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, 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, arcades, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. Funds 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.
A headshot of Will Morey, IAAPA's 2010 Third Vice Chair, and other IAAPA images can be found at www.IAAPA.org/pressroom/IAAPAPressImages.asp.
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