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’s 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.