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Theme parks: IAAPA president resigns


The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced today that Charles W. (Charlie) Bray has resigned as president and CEO effective Dec. 3, 2010. Bray is leaving the association for an exceptional opportunity in the Washington, D.C. area. An announcement with the details on his new opportunity will come in the weeks ahead.

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“IAAPA has made tremendous progress under Charlie’s leadership, ” said IAAPA Chairman Chip Cleary. “IAAPA has realized its goal of operating globally; we now have offices in Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. We could not have done this without Charlie’s vision and guidance.”

“With Charlie’s expert management, IAAPA was able to weather the impact of the economic downturn. He was instrumental in negotiating the agreements to host IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando for the next 10 years. He leaves the association poised for a very bright future and we wish him continued success as he moves on to his new opportunity, ” said IAAPA First Vice Chairman Bob Rippy.

Bray was hired as IAAPA’s chief financial officer in June 2004. He was appointed president and CEO in February 2006. Prior to joining IAAPA, Bray was with the nonprofit division of RSM McGladrey, a business consulting firm. Bray began his career with Arthur Andersen, spent five years with American University, and 17 years with the Food Marketing Institute, where he rose to senior vice president and chief financial officer. He also served as president of two associations, the International Association of Food Industry Suppliers (IAFIS) and the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA).

The IAAPA Executive Committee will define and lead the search process for Bray’s replacement.

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. Funds generated for the association by its involvement in trade shows and other activities are returned to the association to fund services for its members and the industry. IAAPA maintains regional offices in Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region and the association’s global headquarters is in the United States.

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