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
Rua Nestor Pestana, 87
São Paulo SP 01303-010
Member Price: 159 | Nonmember Price: 199
Credit Hour(s): 11
IAAPA Safety Forum: Brazil

See you in São Paulo for this special Safety event!

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. 

*CEUs: 11.5 (Credits towards IAAPA Certification Renewal)

Pricing Details
Saver IAAPA Safety Forum Brazil only (valid up to May 25) $139 $169
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.  

Oliver Krause

Oliver Krause

Chief Operations Officer
Thermas Water Park

With over 20 years of experience in Tourism & Entertainment Operations Management: Hospitality - leisure; theme, water and snow parks, and Cinemas - shopping mall, Oliver has managed large projects with retail and large-scale characteristics. He has strong skills in Leadership/People Management and proven knowledge of good practices in Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Park Operations and Business Administration, performing with a focus on Revenue Generation, Financial Results and Customer Satisfaction, leading some operations to receive the RA1000 Seal - award for Reclame Aqui. Work with strong players and brands in the market, with recognition in large cases for the growth of financial indexes, people development, customer satisfaction and implementation of a Culture of Sustainable Results. He has experience in the international market – Canada and Germany and in his undergraduate degree.

Gerson Azevedo

Gerson Azevedo


Gerson Azevedo has extensive experience in the areas of business development, administrative and financial management and in training and supervising teams in Brazil. Coordinates budget and strategic planning and is responsible for monitoring the annual budget and business plan of the group's companies. Among the group's companies, he founded Jump Mania, which is the first trampoline park in Brazil. At the time, he developed the manufacturing part and worked with Adibra to formalize the follow-up and designed the safety standards that currently exist in ABNT.

Today with 11 operations, plus some under construction Jump Mania across the country. The company already operate in 8 states in more than 40 shopping malls and special projects at major “Lollapalooza” events.

He has strong experience in the food and beverage, events and advertising sectors. Developed major brands JAM, Pobre Juan and Shorty’s FL. He had international experience in the fashion segment. Furthermore, Gerson founded G&G Comunicação Visual in 1995, an OOH media vehicle, a reference in the segment.

Ivan José da Silva

Ivan José da Silva

​Superintendente de Manutenção e Segurança Operacional
Interparques Holding

Graduated in Bachelor of Information Technology from UTESC and with a Postgraduate Degree in Maintenance Management from INPG.  More than 35 years of experience in Industrial Maintenance Management, in the areas of Plastics, Stamping, Metallurgy and Utilities. For the last 2 years he has worked in the Maintenance Management of Interparques park attractions, as Superintendent of Maintenance and Operational Safety and has been transferring his knowledge from industrial maintenance to the maintenance of entertainment equipment, always seeking more stability and safety in all attractions.

Francisco Donatiello

Francisco Donatiello

Repro Engenharia

Francisco is an electronics engineer specializing in park and attraction safety. He has 45 years of experience, most of them as a specialist in maintenance, safety, advice and consultancy, for parks and attractions of all types. He is also a director of Espaço Diversão, a family entertainment center company that now operates four parks. 

Francisco participated in the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) and stands out for developing technical standards for amusement parks and attractions, where he was also coordinator of the review of standards for parks. His collaboration with IAAPA Latin America and the Caribbean is extensive, as he participated as a member of the Global Safety Committee and was president of the Safety Subcommittee for Latin America. 

To date, he participates in the Advisory Committee and is a member of the Caribbean Safety Subcommittee of IAAPA Latin America. Francisco was also recognized as one of the Industry Legends at the IAAPA Latin America and Caribbean Regional Summit held in Colombia in 2024.

Carlos Peterson Tremonte

Carlos Peterson Tremonte

Entidades de Classe

Engineer Specialist in control valve, instruments and industrial automation. He designed several types of products linked to control valves and experienced more than 30 years in the Industry with implementation of EPR systems, MRP I and II, CRM Quality Systems and Service with Excellence to clients such as Petrobras. Management with effectiveness assignments and team members. Dedicated to self-development to provide a service that exceeds expectations.


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.

Importance of Safety Practices in Water Parks

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.