Alexandria, VA, USA — The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has announced that Mario O. Mamon, chairman and president of Enchanted Kingdom (EK) in the Philippines, will chair the worldwide trade association’s board of directors in 2014. He is the first member from the Asia-Pacific region to chair the association in its 95-year history. IAAPA member companies operate amusement parks and attractions in 100 countries around the globe.
Mamon has been involved in the attractions industry since 1992 when he conceptualized and managed the construction of the Enchanted Kingdom theme park. In 1999, Mamon, Enchanted Kingdom’s chairman of the board, was also named president and CEO.
Since 1992, Mamon has been an active volunteer in IAAPA. He has been a speaker at several of the association’s trade shows in Asia and was a member of the IAAPA Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002 and again since 2011. He was also a member of the membership committee, the conference and trade show advisory committee, service awards committee, Asian Attractions Expo education committee, governance task force, strategic planning committee, and is the immediate past chair of the association’s advisory committee for the Asia-Pacific region.
Mamon was part of a core group of individuals who created IAAPA-ASEAN (the attractions industry federation of national associations in Southeast Asia) in 2005; in 2006 he spearheaded the formation of the national association for the attractions industry in the Philippines (PhilAAPA).
Mamon is the president of PhilAAPA, immediate past president of the Laguna Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), and is the vice president for membership of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP). He is a member of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) (the leading association of CEOs in the country), and of the influential Makati Business Club (MBC). He is also a founding trustee of various business associations in the area around Enchanted Kingdom including the Calamba City Business Club, Santa Rosa City Business Club, Laguna Tourism Federation, and the LINK-IT Foundation.
Mamon is a trustee of his alma mater’s alumni foundation at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB) College of Economics and Management. He also received the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for Entrepreneurship in 2008. In 2006, Mamon received the award for excellence in business communication from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in the Philippines. In April 2012, Mamon was also chosen as one of the outstanding alumni for business by his high school alma mater, De La Salle Lipa. Mamon was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program in 2013; the prestigious honor recognizes outstanding Filipino entrepreneurs and showcases their successes to inspire other business leaders in the Philippines.
2014 IAAPA Officers
The IAAPA Board of Directors elected the following officers for the organization for 2014:
First Vice Chairman – Gerardo Arteaga, general manager, Fantasilandia, Chile
Second Vice Chairman – John McReynolds, senior vice president, Universal Parks and Resorts, United States
IAAPA Treasurer – Rob Norris, president, Seabreeze, United States
IAAPA President and CEO – Paul Noland
New Board Members
The following IAAPA members were elected to the board of directors at the association’s annual business meeting on Nov. 18:
Elected for a Three-Year Term:
European Advisory Committee chairman director: Andreas Andersen, Liseberg, Sweden
North American Advisory Committee chairman director: Richard Sanfilippo, Sam’s Fun City, United States
At-Large Facility Director: Jim Pattison Jr., Ripley Entertainment, United States
At-Large Facility Director: David Rosenberg, Monterey Bay, United States
Manufacturer and Supplier Director: Sascha Czibulka, Intamin, Lichtenstein
Past Chair Representing the Advisory Board Director: Dennis Speigel, International Theme Park Services, United States
Elected for a Two-Year Term:
Asia Pacific Advisory Committee Chairman Director: Rachmat Sutiono, P.T. Funworld, Indonesia
Latin American Advisory Committee Chairman Director: Julio Vanegas, Carruseles, SA, Colombia