Friday, February 3, 2023

New IAAPA Leadership Conference Set for San Diego, March 15-17 Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis to Deliver Keynote Address

San Diego Zoo Elephant Pool. (San Diego Zoo)

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announces Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis will be the keynote speaker for the first IAAPA Leadership Conference. The IAAPA Board of Directors and more than 100 committee members will join a broad range of attractions professionals for three days of uninterrupted business discussions and networking opportunities. The event will take place at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, Calif., March 15 -17.

The conference is a forum for colleagues from all attraction types throughout the world to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, and talk about issues of the day. In addition, participants will experience first-hand a variety of Southern California attractions, including Boomer’s! San Diego, Belmont Park, SeaWorld San Diego, USS Midway Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Zoo, Disney California Adventure Park, and Knott’s Berry Farm.

“Similar to the IAAPA summer meeting of years ago, this event will bring together the industry’s best business and creative minds in a relaxed professional environment,” said IAAPA Chairman Bob Rippy. “The conference offers a unique opportunity to talk with peers, hear from industry veteran George Kalogridis, and enjoy site visits to a wide range of San Diego’s world-class attractions.”

Event keynote speaker, George Kalogridis, president of The Disneyland Resort, began his career in 1971 as a busboy at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. Prior to becoming president of The Disneyland Resort, he held numerous executive positions within the company. In addition to his leadership roles at the company’s operations in both Paris and Anaheim, Kalogridis served as vice president of Travel Operations at Walt Disney World. Kalogridis also served as vice president of Walt Disney World’s Epcot park where, in addition to overseeing park operations, he led the Millennium Celebration for The Walt Disney Company.

In conjunction with the leadership conference, several of IAAPA’s member committees will hold their annual planning meetings to provide guidance to the IAAPA staff for their 2011 program work. The core constituency committees in attendance will include amusement parks and attractions, family entertainment centers, manufacturers and suppliers, museums and science centers, waterparks, and zoos and aquariums, as well as the executive, strategic planning, communications, education, European advisory, and membership committees.

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions worldwide and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, waterparks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. IAAPA maintains regional offices in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and Latin America, and the association’s global headquarters is in the United States.

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Judith Rubin
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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