IAAPA Safety Forum: Brazil

June 10 - 11, 2024

Event Type: Education
Region: Latin America, Caribbean
Event Time:
Venue: In-Person
CreaLab (CREA-SP) Néstor Pestana
R. Genebra, 17
São Paulo SP 01316-010
Member Price: 159 | Nonmember Price: 199
IAAPA Safety Forum: Brazil

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Educational and networking event focused on the safe operation of parks and attractions of all types, with presentations and round tables, where the main aspects that every facility must consider for the safety of guests and collaborators, will be discussed.

Stay up-to-date with global and national safety regulations, as well as a range of safety best practices.

This Forum will take place at the CreaLab (CREA-SP) facilities, Néstor Pestana headquarters.

SAVE MORE! Now you can get a COMBO including the IAAPA Safety Forum Brazil + IAAPA Safety Month: The most complete safety educational program in the region at a special price. 

Pricing Details
Super Saver IAAPA Safety Forum Brazil only (valid up to May 25) $139 $169
Super Saver COMBO: IAAPA Safety Forum Brazil + IAAPA Safety Month (valid up to May 25) $169 $268
Regular IAAPA Safety Forum Brazil only (valid May 26 and up) $159 $199
Regular COMBO: IAAPA Safety Forum Brazil + IAAPA Safety Month (valid May 26 and up) $189 $328

IAAPA members save more if register 5 or more persons from the same company:
*$115 each, valid for purchases up to May 25
*$135 each, valid for purchases from May 26 and up
For group discounts (5 or more) please contact [email protected]
Group discount does not apply for COMBOS

Price includes:

*Discussion sessions and round tables
*Presentation by an international safety expert
*Simultaneous translation from English to Portuguese
*Coffee break both days
*Lunch on June 10th
*Diploma of participation
*6 credits towards renewal of IAAPA Certification


Gerald Rakestraw

Gerald Rakestraw

Senior Vice President of Enterprise Operations
Herschend Enterprises

Gerald is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Operations for Herschend Enterprises. In this role, Gerald leads the Company’s guest excellence efforts, facility capital programming, and annual operational planning. Additionally, he oversees safety operations at the property level across North America, working with each of the safety directors to assure compliance, develop Standards and share best practices.  He is also responsible for strengthening the alignment between safety, maintenance and attractions. Additionally, Gerald serves as the leader of the Company’s Enterprise Risk Management program and Inclusiveness Council.

Before this role, Gerald was General Manager of Stone Mountain Park, the state of Georgia’s most visited tourist attraction. Under his leadership, the park became a family destination offering year-round activities. In 2006, he led the successful development of Snow Mountain which became a key attraction at Stone Mountain Park. He moved to his corporate role in 2014.

He currently serves as a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Security Committee and is the former Chair of the IAAPA North American Safety Committee. Gerald has been an active IAAPA member, attending the Annual Legislative Advocacy Days & Leadership Conference and supporting the IAAPA PAC. He is also an active member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) Security subcommittee.

Gerald graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science and received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina. He is also a former board member of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.  


8-8:30 a.m.


8:30-9 a.m.

IAAPA Welcome

9-9:40 a.m.

Safety Standards

9:40-10:30 a.m.

Jumping on a trend! Best practices for attractions with inflatables and trampolines

10:30-11 a.m.

Coffee Break

11-11:50 a.m.

Attractions and Adventure Circuits: Best Risk Assessment Practices

11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Workshop 1 - Equipment use refund card

12:50-2:20 p.m.


2:20-2:30 p.m.

Cybersecurity (Video)

2:30-4 p.m.

Safety in the industry. Keynote speaker: Gerald Rakestraw from Herschend Family Entertainment

4-4:20 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:20-5:50 p.m.

Safety in the industry. Keynote speaker: Gerald Rakestraw from Herschend Family Entertainment.

5:50-6 p.m.

Day 1 Wrap up

8-8:50 a.m.

Safety Practices Water Park Operators Can Consider

8:50-9:40 a.m.

Safety at FEC, LBE and theme and amusement parks

9:40-10 a.m.

Coffee Break

10-11 a.m.

Workshop 2 - Other safety measures

11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Workshop 2 - Team Presentations

12:50-1 p.m.


Please Note: Agenda is subject to change.