Inspiring the Next Generation of Attractions Industry Leaders
The IAAPA Foundation exists to inspire life-changing careers in the global attractions industry by cultivating tomorrow’s leaders.
The Al Weber Jr. Memorial Fund
Al Weber, Jr. PhD was the founder, president, and CEO of Apex Parks Group, former CEO of Paramount Parks and Six Flags Theme Parks, a member of the IAAPA Board of Directors, and a passionate supporter of education. The Al Weber Memorial Fund was established in his honor and all donations are used solely for educational purposes including scholarships.
Academic and Experiential Scholarships
The IAAPA Foundation provides academic scholarships to students who are focused on entering a career in the global attractions industry. Scholarships are offered in conjunction with leading colleges and universities that provide courses, internships and degree programs that focus on the attractions industry.
In addition, the IAAPA Foundation provides experiential scholarships in conjunction with colleges and universities that sponsor student emersion into IAAPA sponsored Expos and educational events.
The IAAPA Foundation’s strong industry network opens doors for students through valuable connections and increased exposure to senior leadership.
The Foundation strives to increase awareness of the unique and diverse career paths students can take when they pursue degrees in attractions management.
Get Involved...Make a Donation Today
The IAAPA Foundation relies exclusively on private donations to support the future leaders of the global attractions industry. Your financial support is crucial to this important industry effort. Donate by check using this form or online.
The IAAPA Foundation is incorporated in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation.
IAAPA Foundation Board Members
- Jim Seay, Chair, Premier Rides, Inc.
- Lee Alexakos, Cedar Fair
- Sandy Clark, Expo 2020
- Jane Cooper, Herschend Family Entertainment
- Deborah Eicher, Consultant
- Hal McEvoy, IAAPA
- Tom Mehrmann, Universal Beijing Resort
- Jeroen Nijpels, JNE&CL
- Tim O’Brien, Casa Flamingo
- Bobbie Wages, Secretary/Treasurer
- Ken Whiting, Whitings Foods
Contact the IAAPA Foundation
For general inquiries, please contact Tom Wages, Executive Director: [email protected].