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Sioux City Journal: Two leaders submit resignations to Great Lakes board
The roller coaster that is the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum continued its up-and-down spiral Friday as Cary Parker and Tom Kuhlman submitted their resignations to the board of directors.Parker is stepping down as general manager of Arnolds Park Amusement Park, effective Dec. 1.His letter of resignation was accepted by a vote of the executive board.Rather, a lot of that was made in pledges through 2009," Parker said."We made the initial payment for the park, but then started off in debt."A total of $800,000 in pledges has yet to be collected, Parker said."People misinterpret that that's $800,000 that people refuse to pay.The thing is, most of that isn't yet due."Parker's resignation coincided with a detailed report issued by Jim Frost, a Roseville, Minn., consultant hired to analyze what can be done to get the complex on solid financial ground.Revenues, according to Parker and Kuhlman, are headed in the right direction."I don't want to negatively affect Mr. Frost, but in preparing his final numbers I was asked to e-mail some numbers to him," Parker said, noting that one substantial expense was counted twice.Parker said the complex has gone from showing a $300,000 deficit in the year 2000 to at least an $8,000 profit this year.Parker's reasons for resigning were detailed in a lengthy letter to the board of directors.In short, he found it increasingly difficult to work for a board of 28 persons, some of whom he said have a disregard for board policy.During the past 18 months, he noted, his staff has endured eight authorized inspections and one unauthorized.Rick Johnson was elected president of the board Friday and had been on the job 90 minutes before Parker and Kuhlman resigned.Parker, who has worked in amusement parks since 1979, left the door open for his return."It's a possibility," he said."But because of the makeup of the current structure, I don't see it as a probability.""I came here with the intent of accomplishing something positive in this community with this business," Parker concluded.
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Cary Parker and Tom Kuhlman submitted their resignations at Friday evening's board of directors meetings.Parker is stepping down as General Manager of the Arnolds Park Amusement Park and Kuhlman as President of the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum.Both Kuhlman and Parker expressed concern over a report a consultant presented to the board at Friday's meeting.
Branson , More performing animals are apparently on their way to Branson in the cast of the Great American Wild West Show with an opening planned for July 2008 on Gretna Road across from the Branson Mill Craft Village, said manager Cary Parker.On Thursday, ground will be broken on the 18-acre site for a 60,000-square-foot enclosed arena that will seat 2,000 people, Parker said.The complex also will have stables for about 60 head of livestock and retail shops, Parker said.> The show has a cast of about 40 riders and performers.Its first production was for the 1996 American Royal livestock show in Kansas City, Parker said.The project is a partnership of Silver Saddle Productions and Springfield developers Carleton and Co.Parker declined to give an estimated cost of the project.Parker said the arena will have seating on one side with the audience facing a 100-foot wide rear-projection screen to produce stunning effects including long-horned cattle seemingly "breaking out of the screen, and then, boom, here's our cowboys," Parker said.
CoasterBuzz - Arnolds Park turns profit for third straight year
However, you have to give kudos to the former GM Cary Parker who brought in the Hunt's Pier Log Flume, and re-organized the parking to allow some pay lots.
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Presenters: Colleen Wyatt, Hinkle Family Fun Center; Cary Parker, Arnold's Park Cary Parker began working in the entertainment and attractions industry as a college student in 1979 when he was hired as a street performer at Dogpatch U.S.A. Theme Park in Harrison, Arkansas.Following four seasons with Dogpatch U.S.A., Cary began performing with and served as General Manager of music theaters and attractions in the Arkansas Ozarks and Colorado.In 1989 Cary made the decision to give up live performance and touring and accepted a management position with Fun Plex, a 150,000 square foot indoor entertainment center in Littleton, Colorado.In 1991, Cary assumed management of the 200,000 square foot Houston, Texas Fun Plex.Following the sale of the Houston facility in 1999, Cary was hired as the General Manger of Arnolds Park Amusement Park and the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum in Arnolds Park, Iowa.Cary currently serves on the IALEI Operations Council and he serves as the Co-Chair of the Okoboji Iowa Tourism Committee.Cary has previously received the Brass Ring Award from IAAPA and the Excellence in Advertising Award from IALEI.