FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IAAPA Names John Hallenbeck Vice President
of North American Operations Global Attractions Industry Veteran Joins IAAPA Leadership Team, Leads Continued Expansion of North American Member Services and Programs
ORLANDO, Fla., US (June 27, 2018) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced John Hallenbeck has joined the association’s team as vice president of North American operations. Hallenbeck will lead the IAAPA North American office, based in Orlando, and oversee membership engagement, growth, and service of the association largest region, representing more than 3,500 members.
“As we continue to expand and strengthen the support we offer our members, we are thrilled to have John join the team,” said Doug Stagner, chief operating officer, IAAPA. “John brings a wealth of global attractions knowledge to the role. His extensive industry background and strong leadership skills will be key assets as he serves and supports our members in North America.”
With more than 25 years of themed entertainment experience, Hallenbeck most recently served as managing director of project development at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. Prior to that, he served as vice president of revenue operations at Dubai Parks and Resorts, and senior vice president of attractions for Universal Studios Singapore, Southeast Asia Aquarium, Adventure Cove, and Dolphin Island located within Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. Hallenbeck spent more than 17 years in various capacities at Universal Parks & Resorts in Orlando, Hollywood, and Osaka, Japan. Prior to relocating to Singapore, he held the position of director of attractions operations for Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure in Orlando.
In addition, Hallenbeck has served as chair of the IAAPA Education Sub-Committee for the Asia Pacific region and has been a member of IAAPA’s Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee. He has chaired the Theme Park Advisory Board at Rosen College of Hospitality Management and served on the Hospitality Management Advisory Board for Republic Polytechnic in Singapore. Hallenbeck is also a long-standing ASTM International member.
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 dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry. As a non-profit organization, IAAPA represents more than 5,300 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; and industry 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. The non-profit organization 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