Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 2
Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Why Attend

This one-day event delivers a unique learning experience by immersing attendees into the world of water park operations – learning about new technology, food and beverage, and how to save on labor at your facility. There will also be an informative behind the scenes tour of the Kalahari Sandusky Resort Indoor Waterpark.

Following a full day of education, join the 2018 IAAPA Global Water Parks Committee for an informal networking reception to meet new friends and renew acquaintances. This event is included in the registration fee for IAAPA members and at additional charge for nonmembers.

Who Should Attend

The IAAPA Water Park Operators Forum is designed for water park facility managers, directors, general managers, and owner/operators.


Tuesday, Oct. 2

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Introduction / Ice Breaker
Speaker: Jody Kneupper. Managing Director, Hawaiian Falls

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Education Session
Speaker: Kathryn Woodcock, PhD, CCPE, ICAE, PEng, Director, THRILL Laboratory and Professor, Ryerson University

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Education Session
Speaker: Thatcher Robertson, MBA, Corporate Waterpark Director, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Roundtables

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Networking Break

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kalahari Sandusky Resort Indoor Waterpark
Speakers: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Team

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Education Session
Speaker: Joe Stefanyak, Senior Director, Ellis & Associates

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wrap-up / Questions 

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Event

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