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IAAPA Names Officers and New Board Members for 2019


IAAPA Names Officers and New Board Members for 2019

David Rosenberg, Vice President, Monterey Bay Aquarium,
Elected IAAPA Chairman of the Board for 2019

ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 13, 2018) – IAAPA has named David Rosenberg, vice president, Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, US, as the organization’s chairman of the board for 2019. Rosenberg will be the first representative from the zoo and aquarium community to lead the largest international trade association for the attractions industry. The introduction of the 2019 officers took place today during the Kickoff Event at the association’s global conference and trade show, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018, in Orlando, Florida.

Rosenberg currently serves as vice president, Monterey Bay Aquarium, a leading attraction and global force for ocean conservation that annually hosts more than two million visitors. Prior to his role at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Rosenberg served in leadership positions at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He began his career in the attractions industry at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Rosenberg has served on the IAAPA Board of Directors since 2014 and has chaired the Global Membership and Zoo and Aquarium Committees. In 2015, he received IAAPA’s “Outstanding Service Award” for his contributions to the global attractions industry.

He has served on the Executive Committee for Monterey County Hospitality Association, an organization representing attractions, golf courses, hotels, and resorts throughout Northern California. In addition, Rosenberg sits on the Academic Advisory Committee for California State University, Monterey Bay, is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and recently finished his term on the Board of Directors for “Voices for Children,” which advocates for foster youth.  

The IAAPA officers for 2019 include:

2019 IAAPA Officers:
Chairman – David Rosenberg, vice president, Monterey Bay Aquarium, United States
First Vice Chairman – Amanda Thompson OBE, managing director, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ltd., and president, Stageworks Worldwide Productions, United Kingdom
Second Vice Chairman – Ken Whiting, president, Whiting’s Foods at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, United States
Treasurer – Charles “Hank” Salemi, president, Six Flags Great America, United States
Immediate Past Chairman – Andreas Andersen, CEO and president, Liseberg Group, Sweden
IAAPA President and CEO – Hal McEvoy, IAAPA

The following IAAPA members were also elected to serve the association on its board of directors in 2019:

New Facility and Life Directors:
Ted Molter, chief marketing officer, San Diego Zoo Global, United States
Anne Rashford, director of special exhibitions, Museum of Science and Industry, United States
Ash Smart, deputy managing and financial director, Harbour Park, United Kingdom

New Past Chairman Director: 
Robert “Bob” Rippy, president, Jungle Rapids/Wrightsville Farms Management Group, Inc., United States

New Manufacturer and Supplier Committee Chair / Director:
Franceen Gonzales, EVP of business development, WhiteWater West Industries, United States

New Latin America Regional Advisory Committee Chair / Director:
Luciana Periales, CEO, Neverland, Argentina

New Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Committee Chair / Director:
Luke Riley, senior vice president of international development, Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Hong Kong, China

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018

IAAPA Attractions Expo is the premier conference and trade show for the global attractions industry, including amusement and theme parks, where visitors spend $45.2 billion around the world. With its theme “Fun Forward. Build the Future,” this year’s show celebrates IAAPA’s 100th anniversary and provides forward-thinking attractions industry leaders, decision-makers, and visionaries with everything needed to build the future, whether through thousands of innovations, hundreds of expert-led educational opportunities, or engaging networking opportunities. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 will draw more than 35,000 industry professionals, including more than 22,000 decisions- makers and buyers from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16. The 560,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 16. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. #IAE18

About IAAPA 
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) began as an advocacy office in 1918. Since that time, IAAPA has become the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry. As a non-profit entity, IAAPA represents more than 5,600 attraction, supplier, 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, manufacturers, and suppliers. 

IAAPA helps members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability while maintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry worldwide. 

The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, US. IAAPA also maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org or connect through social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA100.

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