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Aleatha is the director of park member development for the World Waterpark Association, a position she has held since late 2005. She works closely with waterpark members, including outdoor, indoor, hotel resort and public sector park owners, developers and operators. She is also the editor of all WWA publications and oversees the Association’s marketing campaigns.

Aleatha Ezra

Aleatha is the director of park member development for the World Waterpark Association, a position she has held since late 2005. She works closely with waterpark members, including outdoor, indoor, hotel resort and public sector park owners, developers and operators. She is also the editor of all WWA publications and oversees the Association’s marketing campaigns.
Each year, more than 40 million people visit leisure sites which Emmanuel Mongon contributed to master plan, design, develop or reengineer. 

Emmanuel was the first director, design and development at Parc Astérix, which became the leading theme park in France. 

His references include internationally acclaimed theme parks, entertainment centres, integrated resorts, heritage sites, and spiritual sites. IAAPA asked him in 2005 to be the founding chairman of its first European trade show, EAS, which became in just three years the leading industry gathering in Europe.

Emmanuel Mongon

Each year, more than 40 million people visit leisure sites which Emmanuel Mongon contributed to master plan, design, develop or reengineer. Emmanuel was the first director, design and development at Parc Astérix, which became the leading theme park in France. His references include internationally acclaimed theme parks, entertainment centres, integrated resorts, heritage sites, and spiritual sites. IAAPA asked him in 2005 to be the founding chairman of its first European trade show, EAS, which became in just three years the leading industry gathering in Europe.
After completing a university degree in marketing, François created his own business and became the editor of NewsParcs, an online news magazine dedicated to the professionals of the amusement park industry. After a successful three-year run, he chose to focus on another business: OOPARC, an online guidebook about theme parks around Europe.  François also works as a freelance author for one of the major trade publications covering the attractions industry.

François Mayné

After completing a university degree in marketing, François created his own business and became the editor of NewsParcs, an online news magazine dedicated to the professionals of the amusement park industry. After a successful three-year run, he chose to focus on another business: OOPARC, an online guidebook about theme parks around Europe. François also works as a freelance author for one of the major trade publications covering the attractions industry.
Marcus, owner of Ride and Park Media, has been writing about theme parks and rides for over 15 years for trade and mainstream publications. Focused on the promotion of the attraction industry, he typically spends at least 30 days a year in theme parks shooting dynamic marketing films, writing features and consulting on future developments.

Marcus Gaines

Marcus, owner of Ride and Park Media, has been writing about theme parks and rides for over 15 years for trade and mainstream publications. Focused on the promotion of the attraction industry, he typically spends at least 30 days a year in theme parks shooting dynamic marketing films, writing features and consulting on future developments.
An established author in the Polish leisure sphere and trailblazing consultant in the edutainment sector, Marek’s professional activities as the owner of PAIT Consulting,and Marek Pisarski Imagineering, include providing consulting services for different governmental institutions around the organisation and design of themed and interactive exhibitions, attractions and parks.

Marek Pisarski

An established author in the Polish leisure sphere and trailblazing consultant in the edutainment sector, Marek’s professional activities as the owner of PAIT Consulting,and Marek Pisarski Imagineering, include providing consulting services for different governmental institutions around the organisation and design of themed and interactive exhibitions, attractions and parks.
Phil Taylor is the managing director of Team Leisure, a specialist leisure-consulting firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Team Leisure offers market analysis and feasibility studies, including concept idea research; project development services; and operational services to the owners, developers and operators of leisure businesses worldwide.

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor is the managing director of Team Leisure, a specialist leisure-consulting firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Team Leisure offers market analysis and feasibility studies, including concept idea research; project development services; and operational services to the owners, developers and operators of leisure businesses worldwide.
Richard is director of operations and ride safety for VTP Global Holdings Ltd. 

He has been involved with the leisure attraction business since 1976 and before his employment with VTP, was operations director for Drayton Manor Park.

Richard has held several responsible positions in the UK, Europe and USA on representative bodies including the Chairmanship of the British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) from 1995—1997 and in 2005 completed a second chairmanship. 

Richard also represented BALPPA for eighteen years on the Fairground Joint Advisory Committee (FJAC) and later became chairman of the HSE Committee responsible for the publication of the Health and Safety Guidance (HSG 175).

Richard Pawley, FRSA

Richard is director of operations and ride safety for VTP Global Holdings Ltd. He has been involved with the leisure attraction business since 1976 and before his employment with VTP, was operations director for Drayton Manor Park. Richard has held several responsible positions in the UK, Europe and USA on representative bodies including the Chairmanship of the British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) from 1995—1997 and in 2005 completed a second chairmanship. Richard also represented BALPPA for eighteen years on the Fairground Joint Advisory Committee (FJAC) and later became chairman of the HSE Committee responsible for the publication of the Health and Safety Guidance (HSG 175).