Saturday, July 24, 2021

Josh Powers joins IAAPA as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced Josh Powers has joined the organization’s team as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Powers will serve as IAAPA’s strategic advisor on all financial issues impacting IAAPA’s global mission and service offerings, including financial analysis, investments, asset and cash management, and financial functions that support the overall growth and sustainability of the association. In addition, he will lead the finance and information technology teams.


“As we continue to strengthen the support we offer our members around the world, we are excited to have Josh join the team,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA. “Josh brings a solid background in finance and financial reporting along with strong industry knowledge and passion. His experience in hospitality and the theme park industry coupled with his leadership skills will be key assets as he serves and supports our global members.”

For the last 10 years, Powers has served in financial roles in the corporate offices of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, most recently as corporate vice president, financial planning and analysis. Prior to that, he served as director of accounting and assistant controller. Josh also spent 12 years in various roles with Busch Gardens Williamsburg before relocating to Orlando, Florida. 

Powers holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Reporting directly to McEvoy, Powers will be based in IAAPA’s global headquarters in Orlando, Florida. He will join the team in March.

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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