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Six Flags COO Al Weber Jr. Named Keynote Speaker at 2012 IAAPA Leadership Conference

Courtesy IAAPA
(December 19, 2011) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced its 2012 IAAPA Leadership Conference will take place in Los Angeles, California, February 22-24. The conference will bring together current and future attractions industry leaders for networking and experiential learning at several Los Angeles-area amusement parks and attractions. Attendees will hear insights from keynote speaker and 40-year industry veteran Al Weber Jr., chief operating officer of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. Registration is open and a discounted early-bird rate is available until Jan. 27.

“The 2012 IAAPA Leadership Conference will bring together a cross-section of attractions industry professionals for non-traditional, firsthand educational experiences,” said Chip Cleary, IAAPA President and CEO. “The environment will allow everyone, from seasoned owners to first-time managers, to learn from one another through hands-on activities, idea sharing, best practices exchange, and industry discussions.”

Al Weber Jr., will deliver a keynote lunch address Thursday, Feb. 23, at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Weber will address how Six Flags is recapturing its industry leadership position and delivering record profit performance. He will also offer a first-hand insider’s perspective on how to successfully manage through transition.

The out-of-the-classroom conference is designed for industry leaders and rising stars that effect change within organizations, including owners, presidents, CEOs, vice presidents, general managers, directors, and operations managers. It will include events and behind-the-scenes tours at several Southern California attractions, including Universal Studios Hollywood (sponsored by American Locker and The Producers Group), Six Flags Magic Mountain, Technifex, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier (sponsored by Freeman), California Science Center, Disney California Adventure Park (sponsored by American Locker, Vekoma Rides, and The Producers Group). A detailed schedule of events is available at

The cost to attend is US$450 (US$499 after Jan. 27). IAAPA Members save $100 and pay only US$ 350 ($399 after Jan. 27). Additional information about registration rates and how to register is available at
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Those interested in sponsoring the Leadership Conference should contact Brian Skepton at [email protected], or +1 703/836-4800 for more information.
IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong.
Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent 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 previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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