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Karen Staley Named Executive Director of IAAPA’s European Operations


Alexandria, Virginia, USA — The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) named IAAPA Europe Deputy Director Karen Staley to become Executive Director for IAAPA’s operations in Europe, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Staley will lead IAAPA’s efforts to expand and enhance its programs and services in Europe and will oversee government relations, communications, membership development, education, and the Euro Attractions Show.

“Karen has done an outstanding job for us for many years,” said Charlie Bray, president and CEO of IAAPA. “Her proven record of performance, combined with her passion, drive, and vision for our European operations make her the ideal person to continue to grow and develop our member services and programs in Europe.”
Staley started at IAAPA in 2004 as manager of marketing and exhibit sales for IAAPA’s conference and trade shows in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2006, she assumed the role of operations manager for IAAPA Europe and the Euro Attractions Show (EAS). She was promoted to director of operations in 2008 and was named deputy director of IAAPA Europe in 2009.
Staley has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and a master’s degree in business administration from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She grew up in Germany and speaks German and English fluently. She also speaks French conversationally. She will reside in Germany, report to IAAPA’s president and CEO, and work closely with IAAPA’s European Advisory Committees and Subcommittees.
Staley will continue to work closely with Andreas Andersen, the current executive director of IAAPA’s European Operations, until he leaves on Dec. 31 to become the president and CEO of Liseberg Group. 

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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