The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) have announced Jim Seay as the Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2016 Leadership Breakfast keynote speaker.
Seay is a leading expert on amusement ride safety around the world. The breakfast will take place on Wednesday, 15 June, during AAE 2016, which opens 13–16 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China, and is part of a premier international business event for attractions industry professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, and is owned and produced by IAAPA.
As an expert in safety, Seay is chair of the IAAPA Global Safety Committee and is a member and immediate past chair of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. The committee develops and refines ride safety standards that are used globally. He has promoted the use, application, harmonization, and adoption of ASTM amusement standards around the world, and has testified before the U.S. Congress about industry safety.
Seay’s background gives him a unique perspective. A Cornell University graduate, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and completed graduate studies at California State University Long Beach. He was an aerospace engineer at Hughes Aircraft and then an engineering and maintenance executive at Six Flags Theme Parks Inc., before joining Premier Rides Inc. in 1995 as executive vice president of engineering. He was named president of the company the following year.
Additionally, Seay serves on the IAAPA Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the AIMS International Board, the Themed Entertainment Association, the National Safety Council, and several regional attractions associations. He also serves on a number of philanthropic boards, including the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland.
Information about event registration for Asian Attractions Expo and the Leadership Breakfast is available at www.IAAPA.org/AsianAttractionsExpo
Sponsors of the Leadership Breakfast are Brogent Technologies, JRA, and Wӓrtsila FUNA International. Information about additional sponsorship opportunities is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian-attractions-expo/exhibit-and-sponsor, or by contacting Jessica Gelsinon at jgelsinon@IAAPA.org.
About Asian Attractions Expo
Since 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international event for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian Attractions Expo 2016 takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, 13-16 June, and includes a 11,000-net-square-meter trade show floor, a comprehensive industry education program, networking events, and visits to some of the region’s premier attractions. More than 8,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 65 countries will participate in the 2016 event. @IAAPAHQ #AAE16
Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries. Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando.