Celebrate the Next Generation of Leaders with the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award
After working seven years in the attractions industry, Mika Nur Faezah, ICAE, director Asia-Pacific at JN Entertainment & Leisure Consultancy (JNELC), received the 2018 IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018. The recognition reassured Faezah of her decision to pursue a career that brings world-class amusement rides to the Asia-Pacific region, while upholding safety best practices and standards.
“The award has made me prove to myself that I have gained professional experience in the attractions industry and made significant contributions to the industry’s young professionals, supporting their career growth,” she says. “It is a unique industry with a lot of new innovations and technology, and a theme park is a cheerful place to visit that leaves you with memorable experiences.”
The IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award honors members who demonstrate a dedication to the attractions industry, while continually developing their knowledge and experience. IAAPA members are invited to nominate one young professional per company or location for the award. A young professional is defined as an individual younger than 35 years who is employed full time by an IAAPA member company. (Students are not eligible.)
In addition to showcasing examples of leadership, teamwork, and integrity, eligible candidates are required to show a commitment to IAAPA by earning or working toward IAAPA Certification, serving on committees, and speaking at IAAPA or industry events. Nominees should also have a reference from senior management at their company and, optionally, from other IAAPA members. Nominations are due by July 15, 2019.
“The award acknowledges the value and service young professionals bring, as well as the integral role they play in shaping the future of IAAPA and the attractions industry,” says Marika Barranco, guest experience senior manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium and chair of the IAAPA Young Professionals Subcommittee. “It also helps showcase the opportunities IAAPA provides to engage young professionals, from volunteerism to education to advocacy.”
Barranco was the first recipient of the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award in 2015. All five of the award’s past recipients continue to be active IAAPA members and grow their careers with the same companies that recognized them.
“I hope that having this spotlight on accomplished young professionals inspires others to seek out new opportunities, whether they are in their workplace, their local community, or the global network IAAPA fosters,” Barranco says.
Faezah recommends young professionals who are interested in becoming more active with IAAPA and the industry—or even one day receiving the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award—attend IAAPA expos and events, along with participating in the association’s education programs for valuable learning and networking opportunities.
“When you are passionate, you will put your heart and soul into your work, and the people you work with will recognize your effort and dedication,” Faezah says.
Nominations for IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award are due by July 15, 2019.
For more information and to nominate a young professional, visit www.IAAPA.org/YoungProfessionals.
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Curious about what sets IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award winners apart from others? Learn from previous honorees as they share their professional journeys and experiences with IAAPA and the industry. Find out the award’s criteria, process, and timeline. Visit www.IAAPA.org/Webinars.