IAAPA Announces 2021 Service Award Winners and Young Professional of the Year
ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 2, 2021) – Continuing a week celebrating industry leaders and professional excellence, earlier today IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced the winners of the 2021 IAAPA Service Awards and the 2021 IAAPA Young Professional of the Year.
IAAPA Service Awards
The IAAPA Service Awards honor individuals in the global attractions industry for their commitment to excellence, leadership, innovation, service, and safety. This year’s winners are:
IAAPA Meritorious Service Award – Jason E. Freeman, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.
IAAPA Outstanding Service Award - Rajen Shah, Managing Director, Arihant Industrial Corporation Ltd.
IAAPA Lifetime Service Award - John (Jack) Mendes, Jr., BSR Group, LLC, Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award
The IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award honors IAAPA members under the age of 35 who demonstrate a dedication to the global attractions industry through strong leadership, teamwork, and integrity.
This year’s winner of the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award is Chris Desch, ICAE, General Manager, Jen’s Links LLC.
IAAPA congratulates this year’s class of winners. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. EST, IAAPA’s virtual award announcements continue as the 2021 Brass Ring Award winners are shared on IAAPA’s Facebook page. Individual award videos will be posted after each presentation on IAAPA’s website here.
All IAAPA 2021 Award winners and IAAPA Hall of Fame Inductees will be highlighted and celebrated in person during IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 15 – 19 at the Orange County Convention Center.
IAAPA is a diverse and dynamic community of global attractions professionals. As the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions, IAAPA unifies the attractions community, connects people to learn and grow together, and strives to promote the highest professional standards for excellence and safety around the world.
Founded in 1918, IAAPA represents leading industry attractions and supplier companies, consultants, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions, water parks, resorts, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, cruise lines, manufacturers, and suppliers.
The association’s global headquarters and North America office are in Orlando, Florida, U.S. IAAPA also maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; and, Mexico City, Mexico. Visit IAAPA.org or connect through IAAPA’s social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA