Continuing a week celebrating industry leaders and professional excellence, IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced the winners of the 2021 IAAPA Service Awards and the 2021 IAAPA Young Professional of the Year.
IAAPA Service Awards
The IAAPA Service Awards honor individuals in the global attractions industry for their commitment to excellence, leadership, innovation, service and safety. This year’s winners are:
- IAAPA Meritorious Service Award: Jason E. Freeman, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.A.
- IAAPA Outstanding Service Award: Rajen Shah, Managing Director, Arihant Industrial Corporation Ltd., Thane, Maharashtra, India
- IAAPA Lifetime Service Award: John (Jack) Mendes, Jr., BSR Group, LLC, Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award
The IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award honors IAAPA members under the age of 35 who demonstrate a dedication to the global attractions industry through strong leadership, teamwork and integrity.
This year’s winner of the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award is Chris Desch, ICAE, General Manager, Jen’s Links LLC.
All IAAPA 2021 Award winners and IAAPA Hall of Fame Inductees will be highlighted and celebrated in person during IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 15-19 at the Orange County Convention Center.