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Dark ride and animatronics leader Sally Corp. names David Bishop new COO

david bishop with john wood at sally corporation

World leading dark ride and animatronics company Sally Corporation has announced former NAMCO USA executive David Bishop as their new new Chief Operating Officer.

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David Bishop

The Jacksonville, Florida based company specialises in creating destination-quality dark rides for regional theme parks around the world. For example, Sally Corp. created the fully immersive 4D dark ride, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride. This summer saw the opening of the seventh Justice League ride at a Six Flags park, when the comic book themed ride opened at California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain in July. Sally Corp recently revealed its new website, marking the firm’s 40th year in themed entertainment.

David Bishop will report to Sally Corp. CEO/Chairman, John Wood. His role will be to oversee all of the firm’s operations in Jacksonville together with strategic initiatives worldwide.

David Bishop “a tremendous asset”

John Wood says, “I’ve known David for more than two decades.  His experience in the world of video gaming and arcade attractions makes him the perfect complement to our organization. Throughout his career he has spearheaded numerous entertainment & technology-based strategic initiatives. He has crafted & trademarked multiple new entertainment brands, and led several concept development teams.  There is no doubt that David will be a tremendous asset to the Sally team.”

Daivd Bishop has over thirty years experience in operations and an extensive background in gaming. His most recent role was EVP of Strategic Project Development, for NAMCO USA Inc. This is a member company of the BANDAI NAMCO Group. Bandai Namco is the world’s leading game company and a world leader in games and amusements. In addition, it operates over 1,000 amusement facilities worldwide.

Both NAMCO and Sally Corporation focus on the themed entertainment and out-of-home leisure market. They work with theme parks, entertainment facilities and resorts around the world.

David Bishop was also recognized by the gaming community in 2015 – received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Video Game Hall of Fame. He also has a particular interest in the application of gamification and new technology in the entertainment sector.

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Charles Read

Charles is Managing Director at Blooloop. He attends numerous trade shows around the world and frequently speaks about trends and social media for the attractions industry at conferences. Outside of Blooloop his passions are diving, trees and cricket.

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