December 2014 Midway Talk
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Specialty Insurance Group (SIG), the International
Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), and Britton Gallagher
are developing and implementing a certification program for Family
Entertainment Centers focused on risk management and safety awareness that
will include an online portal for educational segments.
are excited to participate in the development of this very important program,"
said David Harris, SIG Senior Vice President, "Our goal is to help our
customers better understand and manage risk, which can then translate into cost
savings on their liability insurance. It is a win-win for all of us."
Gallagher, through its Amusement Insurance Resources division, has a long
history of serving the amusement and family entertainment industry. "With our
team members serving on association councils, obtaining safety certification
and staying on top of the latest regulations, it was only natural for us to
work with IAAPA and SIG to bring together this new certification program,"
commented Drew Tewksbury, Senior Vice President | Director of Amusement
Insurance Resources at Britton Gallagher. "We understand our clients thrive on
spotless safety records and this new program can help minimize their risks by
providing the risk and safety education resources, along with liability and
exposure management tools and strategies."
Insurance Group (SIG), based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a member company of
Everest Re Group, Ltd. and operates within the specialty insurance industry.
Britton Gallagher was founded on July 1st,
1942 and is headquartered in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and
Attractions (IAAPA) has elected Greg Hale second vice chairman. Hale is vice
president and chief safety officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide.
He will be IAAPA's second vice chairman in 2015, first vice chairman in 2016,
and then lead the association as its chairman of the board in 2017.
"Greg Hale is passionate about the global attractions
industry and about IAAPA," said Bob Rippy, chairman of the IAAPA
Governance Committee that is responsible for nominating the second vice
chairman to the board of directors. "His industry knowledge combined with
his proven track record of leadership on safety-related issues and other
complex industry matters make him an ideal second vice chairman for
Hale is a 26-year veteran of the Walt Disney Company. He
joined Walt Disney World in 1988 as manager of electrical and electronics
engineering, ride and show engineering in 1989. He was named director of
facilities and attractions regulatory compliance in 1995 and promoted to vice
president of design, engineering, and regulatory compliance in 1999. In 2002,
he was promoted to vice president and chief safety officer for Walt Disney
Parks and Resorts and leads a global team of ride design, operations, and
maintenance professionals that keep Disney on the leading edge of theme park
safety, accessibility for guests with disabilities, and technology
advancements. Hale currently holds 63 patents around the world that have
contributed to numerous innovations and inventions in the amusement industry.
Hale holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical
engineering from the University of Mississippi.
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has added
three new employees and promoted two others. Felicia Fett is now IAAPA's board of directors
and committee administrator; Melony Bildhauer joins the IAAPA team as director,
meetings and special events; and Alma Aguilar is the new an administrative
assistant for Latin America. Fett and Bildhauer report to IAAPA's headquarters
office in Alexandria, Virginia, while Aguilar will work from IAAPA's Latin
American regional office in Mexico City, Mexico.
headquarters employees, Colleen Mangone and Victor Danau, have been promoted to
director, media relations, and director, education programs and services,
Fett joins IAAPA after 15 years in
strategic planning, nonprofit board and organizational administration, governance,
development, and fundraising management. Her previous employers include
Africare, Raffa, Freddie Mac, and the Freddie Mac Foundation. As IAAPA's board
of directors and committee administrator, Fett provides the association's
president and CEO and executive vice president with administrative and project
management support relating to the IAAPA Board of Directors, the association's
executive and finance committee, and assists with committee administration
throughout the organization.
Bildhauer assists in planning and facilitating
IAAPA's conferences, meetings, and events around the world. Before joining
IAAPA, Bildhauer served as the senior meeting planner for the NTCA – the Rural
Broadband Association, and previously as deputy director of conference
management with Envision EMI. She was also the program manager of 20 clubs with
the National Association of Home Builders.
Mangone's responsibilities include managing IAAPA
News Flash, the association's website content strategy, co-managing the
charitable programs, and overseeing executive communications for the
association. She also oversees IAAPA's media relations strategy.■