2021 IAAPA Awards Winners
Global attractions industry professionals were celebrated during a week-long virtual event November 1 – 5. Videos from the 2021 announcements are below and on IAAPA’s YouTube channel. Press releases listing the winners from all of the programs are on the IAAPAs Press Room.
Recognition for the 2021 winners and Hall of Fame inductees will take place during IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando, FL Nov. 15-19.
IAAPA Hall of Fame Award
The IAAPA Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the global attractions industry. Watch the Hall of Fame Awards announcement video here:
IAAPA Service Awards and Young Professional of the Year
The IAAPA Lifetime Service Award, the IAAPA Outstanding Service Award, and the IAAPA Meritorious Service Award, honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to IAAPA and the global attractions industry. The IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award honors IAAPA members who demonstrate a dedication to the attractions industry through leadership, teamwork, and integrity, as they develop their knowledge and experience. View this year’s videos below.
IAAPA Brass Ring Awards
The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards recognize attractions facility excellence in categories including food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and exhibits. The Brass Ring Awards were over three days, and the videos are below.
Nov. 3 – Entertainment Awards
Nov. 4 - Marketing, Food and Beverage, Top FEC Awards
Nov. 5 - Games and Merchandise and Human Resources Awards
IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards
It starts with a dream. It becomes a vision. And finally, it’s brought to life. The IAAPA Hall of Fame celebrates and honors those extraordinary pioneers who have seen their personal dreams through to completion not for their own success, but for the growth and betterment of the entire industry.
- IAAPA Hall of Fame Inductees
- Marcelo Gutglas, Playcenter Group, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Marie Tussaud (Anne-Marie Grosholtz), Madame Tussauds, London, England
Learn more about the IAAPA Service Awards Programs
Devotion and dedication are the engines that drive our industry. These individuals have put the success of IAAPA above all others, enriching and enabling our community and its members to reach their fullest potential. From lifetime recognition of service to celebrating volunteer efforts, our industry simply wouldn’t exist without service.
- Lifetime Service Award Criteria
The Lifetime Service Award recognizes individuals who have served IAAPA and the industry for over 20 years. Winners of this award...
- Have devoted her/his own time to both IAAPA and the attractions industry for more than 20 years.
- Have held numerous volunteer positions with both IAAPA and other nonprofit organizations.
- Have served as a leader and visionary.
- Have provided guidance and support to others.
- Are passionate attractions professional.
- Outstanding Service Award Criteria
The Outstanding Service Award recognizes service to the attractions industry. Winners of this award are...
- Subject matter experts; your “go-to” person when you need answers.
- Leaders who elevate and mentor others.
- Dedicated to the attractions profession.
- Committed to positive change to improve industry standards.
- Meritorious Service Award Criteria
The Meritorious Service Award recognizes dedicated IAAPA volunteers. IAAPA would not exist without its devoted members. Winners of this award…
- Give their time and expertise to fellow IAAPA members.
- Enthusiastically volunteer. Past winners have typically held more than one volunteer position with IAAPA such as show ambassador, committee member/chair, presenter at events or webinars, authored articles/books, etc. Past winners have also held volunteer positions with other nonprofit organizations.
- Coach and encourage others to improve the industry through volunteerism.
- Drive the success of IAAPA’s programs and initiatives.
- Support IAAPA's mission to "serve the membership by promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth, and commercial success of the amusement parks and attractions industry."
- Submit a Nomination for the IAAPA Service Awards
- Double check that you’ve completed the form and included all supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Describe your nominee and her/his achievements as if you’re presenting the award to that person. We use the application when developing the awards presentation.
- Make your nominee stand out with specific details about her/his contributions. The more detail the better.
- Refer to the awards criteria when completing the application. We use these criteria to judge our nominees.
- Remember – service awards are given in recognition of an individual’s service to the industry and/or IAAPA, not personal commercial success.
- Nominations are due by July 16, 2021.
- 2020 IAAPA Service Awards
- Learn More About Past Winners
2018 IAAPA Meritorious Service Award Honoree Bob Williams
2018 IAAPA Outstanding Service Award Honoree Jim Futrell
2018 IAAPA Lifetime Service Award Honoree Julio Vanegas
2018 Board Special Service Award Honoree Al Weber
2017 IAAPA Lifetime Service Award Honoree James "Chip" Cleary
2017 IAAPA Outstanding Service Award Honoree Ken Whiting
2017 IAAPA Meritorious Service Award Honoree Matt Heller
IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award
The future of our industry depends on the leadership, integrity and teamwork of the generations that follow. The IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award honors those rising stars who embrace and exemplify the qualities of the amusement park and attractions industry and the mission of IAAPA as a whole.
- Award Criteria
Nominees must meet the following criteria for consideration for the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award:
- Currently working for an IAAPA member company in good standing.
- Meets the definition of a young professional: A person less than 35 years of age, employed full-time by a company in the attractions industry (Students not eligible).
- Demonstrates strong leadership skills (Examples required).
- Demonstrates strong teamwork skills (Examples required).
- Demonstrates a strong sense of integrity.
- Demonstrates a commitment to IAAPA (Examples required. Includes IAAPA certification credit hours earned, committee involvement, speaking at IAAPA or industry events).
- Reference(s) from senior management of a member company and other IAAPA members.
- Please note: the nominee selected for this honor will be featured as a panelist in the next three annual Young Professional of the Year webinars, which typically take place in June.
- Submit a Nomination for the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award
The call for nominations for the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award is now open. Nominations are due Aug. 15, 2021. The winner will be announced at IAAPA Expo 2021.
- 2019 IAAPA Young Professional of the Year
IAAPA proudly presented the Young Professional of the Year Award to Michael Browning, CEO and founder of Urban Air Adventure Park. This award recognizes members, aged 35 and under, who demonstrate a dedication to the attractions industry and commitment to IAAPA, in addition to showcasing leadership, teamwork, and integrity while continually developing their knowledge and experience in this ever-changing business.
- 2020 IAAPA Young Professional of the Year
IAAPA Brass Ring Awards
Named for the rings given to carousel riders at the very first amusement parks, the IAAPA Brass Ring Award is a symbol of achievement. And just like how a ring is an unbreakable connection, so too are our connections as a community – bringing out the best in one another.