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Episode 8: How our leisure industry historically rebounds after significant setbacks; an industry leader’s look at the current status of amusement and theme park operations.


Dec 16, 2020 09:32 AM

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Dennis Speigel
Founder & CEO @International Theme Park Services, Inc.
Internationally recognized as a leader and expert in the amusement industry with over 50 years of experience, Dennis Speigel founded International Theme Park Services, Inc. (ITPS) in 1983. Dennis began his career in the amusement industry as a ticket taker at age 13, and this passion has blossomed into a lifelong calling. His vast experience in analyzing, developing, planning, designing, opening, and managing theme parks and attractions has made Dennis a sought-after speaker, consultant, teacher, and advisor. He is past Chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), currently serves on its Advisory Board, and has been awarded not only its Meritorious Service Award, but also its Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrious service to the industry. Dennis has led his longtime team in working on over 500 projects in 50 countries and prides himself on providing services that brings smiles to people’s faces.
President & Chief Executive Officer @Cedar Fair
Richard A. Zimmerman became president and CEO of Cedar Fair in January 2018 and appointed a director in April 2019. Serving as Cedar Fair’s leader is an ideal job for Richard, a quintessential family man who loves what he does and believes in the indelible nature of family entertainment. “The atmosphere of our parks has a way of creating those cherished memories and why our guests want to return so often.” Prior to becoming CEO, Richard was Cedar Fair’s president and COO from October 2016 to December 2017 and served as chief operating officer from October 2011 to October 2016. He was appointed executive vice president in November 2010 and as regional vice president in June 2007. He was vice president and GM of Kings Dominion from 1998 to 2007. Richard earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgetown University.