Movers and Shakers | May 2020
Efteling and Puy Du Fou Partner
Efteling theme park in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, and Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses, France, have entered into a six-year partnership. Efteling’s popular “Raveleijn” park show—created in close collaboration with Puy du Fou in 2013—tells the story of five children who are miraculously transformed into brave knights and free the medieval city of Raveleijn. The show will feature a team of 50 Dutch and French performers. Fons Jurgens, CEO of Efteling, says under the partnership, Puy du Fou’s artistic excellence will allow his park to promote “Raveleijn” on the world stage.
Frederick (Fred) DelGrosso, one of the owners of the DelGrosso Family of Companies, which owns and operates DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and Laguna Splash in Tipton, Pennsylvania, has died. He was well known as the creator of Uncle Fred’s Fireworks Sauce. DelGrosso grew up living with his family in a house located inside DelGrosso’s Park. He later operated the park with five of his brothers and sisters. The DelGrosso family says Fred DelGrosso was “a son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend,” and that his happiest moments involved treasured family meals with delicious food.
Two Sales Specialists Join TrainerTainment
TrainerTainment, a company focused on training and coaching, announced that Krista Estes and Sonya Terry have joined its team as sales specialists. Estes joins TrainerTainment after eight years with Walmart as a talent manager and trainer in its Academy Operations training center. She’s a third-generation attractions industry veteran who started her career as a teen working in her family’s Cowtown Bowling Palace in Fort Worth, Texas. Terry comes to TrainerTainment after more than 16 years in the laser tag industry as a trainer, general manager, and area manager in Texas for Leisure Entertainment Corporation of Canada. She has extensive experience in training and motivating young workers in the attractions industry.
Steve Brown Returns to accesso Technology Group
Steve Brown, the founder of accesso who left the company in 2018, has returned to take over the position of CEO. accesso says the company looks forward to working with Brown as he re-energizes the tech company, its clients, and the marketplace.
Tweetsie Railroad theme park in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, recently hired Kimball Keller as its new general manager, replacing Martin Michie, who retired in 2019 after 15 years with the park. Keller is a live entertainment professional with more than 25 years of experience with large-production shows, including Cirque du Soleil, Busch Gardens, and the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud. He most recently served as vice president of international show operations and logistics, animal welfare, and sponsorship programs for Family Entertainment Inc., working with The Shrine Circuses.
Legoland California Resort has named Kurt Stocks as general manager of the family theme park, located in Carlsbad. Stocks comes to Legoland California from Legoland Malaysia Resort, where he also served as general manager. He succeeds Peter Ronchetti, who retired recently after 11 years at the park. With more than 15 years of experience in sales, operations, and general management, Legoland California Resort says Stocks possesses a wealth of knowledge. Under his leadership, Legoland Malaysia engaged in strategic development efforts that included the opening of Sea Life Malaysia in April 2019. A native of Australia, Stocks began his career as a professional rugby player before transitioning into the health and fitness industry and then into attractions.
Attractions industry veteran Patrick White is the new director of food, beverage, and retail at Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas. He is responsible for menu development, kitchen design based on elevated functionality, excellence in guest service, and achieving food, beverage, and retail sales profitability goals. White has worked in food and beverage in Las Vegas for a dozen years, starting with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as a food and beverage manager at multiple venues. Most recently, he spent five years at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.