Welcome New IAAPA Board Members | Jan. 2020
Jim Pattison Jr., ICAE
Second Vice Chair
President, Ripley Entertainment, United States
Jim Pattison Jr., ICAE, has been with Ripley Entertainment Inc. since 1990. He has held a variety of senior positions within the company, including vice president, new business; vice president, aquariums; and executive vice president, operations of Ripley attractions worldwide, before he was named president in December 2008. Prior to joining Ripley’s and the Jim Pattison Group, Pattison worked in the finance/banking industry and was part owner of a number of small businesses for more than a dozen years. He has served IAAPA as a member of the IAAPA Board of Directors, several committees, and a task force, as well as a speaker at IAAPA Expo events.
General Manager, PortAventura Entertainment, Spain
Fernando Aldecoa has more than 25 years of experience in the theme park industry. He joined PortAventura at its inception in 1994 and has worked in different positions, mainly in the financial, operations, and commercial departments. Aldecoa has been the general manager of PortAventura World since 2010. He has a master’s in business administration from ESADE in Barcelona and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at IESE in Barcelona. Aldecoa was previously a member of the IAAPA Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Education Subcommittee and IAAPA EMEA Advisory Committee.
Curt Caffey, ICAE
President, Water Parks Division, ProParks Management, United States
Curt Caffey, ICAE, has served numerous attractions, hospitality, and real estate companies in the last three decades. He is currently president of the water parks division of ProParks Management based in Orlando. Prior to this position, Caffey led efforts for CNL Lifestyle Company and served on the Investment and Leadership Committees for the CNL Financial Group of companies. He recently served on the Orlando K-Life Board and has served as a member of the IAAPA Board of Directors and several IAAPA Committees, including the audit, marketing, and water park committees.
Chloe Hausfeld, ICAL
Director, Marketing and Business Development, JRA, United States
Chloe Hausfeld, ICAL, is the director of marketing and business development for JRA in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hausfeld is a chief strategist within JRA and helps coordinate trade show logistics, business travel, and employee enrichment activities. Prior to JRA, Hausfeld received her bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Cincinnati. Upon entering the industry, Hausfeld became involved in several IAAPA committees and initiatives, including the young professionals subcommittee, service awards committee, manufacturers and suppliers committee, and Give Kids The World golf committee. In 2017, IAAPA named Hausfeld its Young Professional of the Year. Additionally, she has participated in IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days for four years, lobbying Ohio senators and representatives on the issues faced by the attractions industry.
Xavier Lopez Ancona
Founder and CEO, KidZania, Mexico
Xavier Lopez Ancona founded KidZania, a family edutainment concept that joins learning with entertainment through role-play, in 1997 after developing an interest in the entertainment industry in Mexico. KidZania was created as a place where kids could engage with values of creativity, independence, responsibility, and solidarity. The first KidZania facility opened in September 1999 in Mexico City’s Centro Santa Fe shopping center, and today, there are 28 KidZania facilities in 21 countries, with 10 more in different development stages. Lopez Ancona has participated as a speaker at IAAPA Expo and serves as a member of the IAAPA Latin America, Caribbean Advisory Committee.
Darrell Metzger, ICAE
Adjunct Professor, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Darrell Metzger, ICAE, has worked four decades in the tourism, leisure, and lifestyle industry. Metzger played an integral role in the startup and operations of global leisure, resort, and destination companies and has held leading positions at Tokyo Disney Resort, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Sentosa Island Resort, and Legoland Malaysia Resort. Metzger has advised and held key executive roles in major global events, including the Los Angeles Summer Olympics and the Expo 86 in Vancouver, Canada. He holds an MBA from California State University, and in 2015, Metzger was appointed adjunct professor at Singapore Management University. He served as IAAPA Chairman of the Board in 2009 and is currently on the IAAPA Advisory Board.
Ted Molter, ICAE
Chief Marketing Officer, San Diego Zoo Global, United States
Ted Molter, ICAE, is the chief marketing officer for San Diego Zoo Global, where he is responsible for public relations, creative services, advertising and design, websites, publications, interpretation, sales, licensing, and partnership marketing activities that support the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. He joined San Diego Zoo Global in 1998 as associate marketing director and was promoted to director of marketing in 2002. Molter came to San Diego Zoo Global from SeaWorld Ohio, where he worked for 13 years. His involvement with IAAPA has included roles as education committee chair, marketing committee chair, foundation board chair, zoo and aquarium committee chair, and board member.
Tony Sze, ICAE
Group Senior Counsellor, Chimelong Group Co. Ltd., China
Tony Sze, ICAE, is group senior counsellor for Chimelong Group Co. Ltd., where he is responsible for the company’s overall investment plans in park business. Since Sze joined Chimelong Group in 2005, he has launched five Chimelong park investment projects: Paradise Amusement Park (Phase I, II, III) and Chimelong Water Park (Phase I, Phase II). His involvement with IAAPA has included serving as chair of the IAAPA Asia Pacific Government Relations Subcommittee and IAAPA Asia Pacific Advisory Committee and a member of the IAAPA Board of Directors, IAAPA Asia Pacific Safety Subcommittee, and IAAPA Hall of Fame and Archives Committee.
Laura Woodburn Krolczyk, ICAE
Assistant General Manager, Hersheypark, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, United States
Laura Woodburn Krolczyk, ICAE, is assistant general manager, Hersheypark for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. She began working in the industry in 1988 and has served in various roles at Hersheypark, including the directors of ride operations, entertainment, and guest services and ticketing. In 2017, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts presented Woodburn Krolczyk with the J. Bruce McKinney Legacy of Excellence Award. Woodburn Krolczyk serves as the IAAPA Global Education Committee chair and has previously served as facility operations committee chair. In 2016, Woodburn Krolczyk received the IAAPA Outstanding Service Award, given to members who work to foster the spirit of goodwill, professionalism, and higher levels of performance within the industry regionally, nationally, or internationally.