Nominate an Exceptional Member for a 2019 IAAPA Service Award
“Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” is a saying Bob Williams, ICAE, lives by. The general manager of Calaway Park got his start at the Alberta, Canada, park in the fall of 1990, which was also his first year at IAAPA Expo.
“Walking on the trade show floor and attending some educational workshops I realized, I have arrived! It truly showed me how big this industry is,” he says. “The passion and ideas, being able to contribute to families’ fun every day, that’s what sparked my passion.”
Through the years, Williams continued to grow his career in the attractions industry, while becoming more involved with IAAPA. In 2018, he received the IAAPA Meritorious Service Award, recognizing him as a dedicated IAAPA volunteer who has given his time and expertise to fellow members and helped drive the success of the association’s programs and initiatives.
“It meant the world,” Williams says. “To be honored by your peers in the industry that you work in is one of the highest honors you can receive.”
IAAPA Service Awards honor members who excel in performing services for the association and the industry and are dedicated to the well-being of the attractions profession. IAAPA Service Award recipients, like Williams, have helped shaped today’s thriving global attractions industry, and the nominations for these awards are an opportunity to recognize deserving IAAPA members for their commitment to the industry and the association.
The IAAPA Service Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Lifetime Service, Outstanding Service, and Meritorious Service Awards. Nominations are due by Aug. 2, 2019, and must be submitted online through the new OpenWater nomination system. IAAPA members may nominate other members but cannot nominate themselves.
Last year’s IAAPA Service Awards recipients also included Julio Vanegas, ICAE, of Carruseles S.A. in Bogotá, Colombia, and Jim Futrell of the National Amusement Park Historical Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The IAAPA Board of Directors also presented a Special Service Award to the late Alexander “Al” Weber Jr.
“It was the most fulfilling award I ever received, and, of course, I was overwhelmed,” says Vanegas, recipient of the 2018 IAAPA Lifetime Service Award, which honors an individual’s consistent and long-term achievements serving IAAPA and the industry for more than 20 years. “When I saw all my friends and colleagues from Colombia and Latin America in the IAAPA Theater, I realized my commitment and dedication to IAAPA was very well rewarded with that recognition.”
Futrell received the 2018 IAAPA Outstanding Service Award, recognizing service to the attractions industry and an individual’s work as a subject-matter expert and leader who mentors others.
“I always thought IAAPA gave me this wonderful gift when they asked me to oversee the IAAPA Oral History Project in 2005, and I have loved every minute of my involvement,” he says. “For me, the experience was enough of a reward, but to have the industry believe that I have provided an outstanding service really touched me deeply. It is truly one of the highlights of my life.”
Nominations for 2019 IAAPA Service Awards are due by
Aug. 2, 2019.