IAAPA Selects Michael Shelton, ICAE as North America Regional Vice President and Executive Director
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (April 7, 2022) - IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced today the promotion of Michael Shelton, ICAE to vice president and executive director of the IAAPA North America (NA) region effective April 4, 2022. Michael has been a team member for the association since 2018, serving most recently as the director of education, safety, and membership for the North America region.
“With his passion, knowledge, and leadership he will continue the great development of the North America regional office and further expand the regional services and products.” noted Jakob Wahl, chief operating officer, IAAPA. “The membership will benefit from the depth of Michael’s experience in the industry, pulling from nearly 30 years of experience as an operator and with the association.”
Before his employment with IAAPA, Shelton served as the managing director at Hyland Hills Parks & Recreation District in Denver, Colorado. In this role, Shelton was instrumental in the planning and development of new attractions and expansion projects for the park district. His tenacity and vision helped propel Hyland Hills to its prominence in the amusement industry.
Prior to this position, Michael was the general manager for the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster, CO, and general manager of Water World in Denver, CO. Michael also served as the food and beverage director for Hyland Hills Parks & Recreation District early in his career.
Shelton completed the IAAPA Certified Attractions Executive (ICAE) program and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. He will report to Wahl.
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