david rosenberg iaapa monterey bay aquarium

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) board has elected David Rosenberg to the role of Second Vice Chairman.

Rosenberg is a vice president, Guest Experience of Monterey Bay Aquarium. He will serve as second and first vice chairman of IAAPA before becoming IAAPA’s chairman of the board in 2019.

The board made this decsion following the recent passing of Al Weber, Jr. Ph.D., the CEO of Apex Parks Group. He had been elected to the position in September.

David Rosenberg, “A key member of IAAPA’s Leadership Team”

Will Morey, chairman of the IAAPA governance committee and president and CEO of Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey said,  “With David as our chairman in 2019, IAAPA will enter its second century with a leader who embodies the membership diversity that now exists in the organization.

“David brings to the role 26 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry and has been a key member of IAAPA’s leadership team over the last 10 years including serving as a volunteer chair of several IAAPA committees and as a member of IAAPA’s board of directors.

“He has been a tireless advocate for membership development supporting the initiation of many new programs and member benefits. Given the experience he has gained over the years working in multiple segments of our industry, including amusement parks, hotels, and zoos and aquariums and his strategic insights into creating exceptional guest experiences, we are confident David is ideally suited to chart and lead the association’s course into the future.”

Rosenberg said, “I’m humbled to be selected to help lead our global association during this exciting time for the worldwide attractions industry. In the next few years IAAPA will establish its new headquarters office in Orlando as we begin to plan for the next 100 years of the association. I look forward to playing a leadership role in shaping that future.”

In his position at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Rosenberg chairs the Visitor Experience Steering Committee. This manages strategic planning and implementation of all aspects of the visitors’ aquarium experience. Monterey bay Aquarium is one of the world’s leading aquariums, attracting over 2 million guests a year.

The aquarium is a nonprofit organization and its mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean.

An Active Member of IAAPA

Rosenberg started his career at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He then became an executive at the  Hyatt Hotels Corporation at some of their leading properties in the United States. In 2007, he joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

He is highly involved in the hospitality community and served on the executive committee for Monterey County Hospitality Association. This body represents attractions, golf courses, hotels and resorts throughout Northern California. Furthermore, he is a member of an Academic Advisory Committee for California State University, Monterey Bay. He is also an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

An active member of IAAPA, Rosenberg recently served on the board of directors and was chairman of IAAPA’s global membership committee. He has also been chairman of the IAAPA zoos and aquariums committee.  In 2015, he received the prestigious IAAPA Outstanding Service Award for his contributions to the global attractions industry.