Cedar Fair names Dave Frazier to GM post at Valleyfair

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that Dave Frazier has been named vice president and general manager of Valleyfair Amusement Park.

Frazier, 46, has more than 25 years of experience in the amusement and theme park industry. He spent 17 years within Cedar Fair beginning in 1984, including six years at Valleyfair in various seasonal roles. Most recently he served as the general manager of Nickelodeon Universe, an indoor amusement park at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

"We are pleased to welcome Dave to our senior management team," said Richard Zimmerman, Cedar Fair's chief operating officer. "He is a disciplined leader who is truly customer focused. With the extensive amount of experience Dave already has with Cedar Fair and the markets in which Valleyfair operates, we are confident in his ability to deliver the 'best-day-of-the-year experience' to our guests each and every time they visit our park."

Read the press release on PR Newswire.

I like this move...though I don't know the guy. I like the idea that he was with the company seasonally, went out and cut his teeth on the outside, and is being brought back in. I also like that he is young.

Although I was there at an off peak time, I was impressed with the park in the Mall of America. Very clean and well maintained and a nice collection of rides maximizing the limited space they have available. Assuming he was responsible for cap ex then that is a good sign.

Good luck to him. VF is a nice park.

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