The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has elected John McReynolds as its new third vice-chairman.
Senior vice-president of external affairs for Universal Parks
and Resorts, he
officially takes up the IAAPA position in November, and will move through the positions of third, second, and first vice chairmen before leading the association as chairman in 2016.
"John has been an industry leader and active IAAPA volunteer for more than 10 years," notes Darrell Metzger, chairman of the IAAPA nominating committee and chairman of Themed Attractions and Destinations Resorts in Malaysia.
McReynolds started his career in the theme park industry in 1995 when he joined the Universal Orlando team as manager of government relations.
He was named vice president in 1999, and in 2001 assumed oversight responsibility for political, regulatory and legislative matters for Universal's parks and resorts in both Orlando and Hollywood.
He was promoted to senior vice president in 2007 and is responsible for government and community relations for the company.
Prior to joining Universal, he served for eight years on the staff of United States senator Conie Mack.