David Mandt named VP of Communications for IAAPA

Posted Monday, October 30, 2006 6:17 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is a press release issued by IAAPA. -J]

David Mandt, long-time communications professional in the amusement park and attractions industry, will join IAAPA as vice president of communications November 1. IAAPA is pleased to welcome this 25-year veteran in the fields of communications, public relations, and marketing within the attractions and entertainment industries.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Mandt’s career in public relations began as a seasonal employee Carowinds theme park in Charlotte, N.C. He moved on within the park as manager of public relations and director of marketing. In addition to his work at Carowinds, Mandt also held positions at Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio as well as at Paramount Parks’ corporate offices where he most recently held the post of vice president of advertising and corporate communications.

In addition to his long professional history with Paramount Parks, Mandt also served as director of marketing for the $70 million “Star Trek: The Experience” at the Las Vegas Hilton and manager of communications at Kings Entertainment Company in Charlotte.

Mandt has experience as an active member of IAAPA, having served terms on IAAPA’s Marketing and Communications committees as well as acting as a speaker at the IAAPA Attractions Expo Annual Conference and Tradeshow.

Mandt is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and served on boards and committees for the State of Ohio Department of Tourism, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, October 30, 2006 7:31 PM
beast7369's avatar Congratulations and best wishes on the new endeavor David! Hope to see you around sometime....maybe I will be lucky enough to see you at No Coaster Con....But I wont hold my breathe. Good luck on the new job....you are perfect for it.
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Monday, October 30, 2006 7:50 PM
Jeff's avatar He's a good guy. I met him a few times when he worked at PKI. I suspected he might lose his job when Cedar Fair bought Paramount Parks because so many of those positions were redundant.
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Monday, October 30, 2006 10:31 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Couldn't agree more, definitely a great guy! I wish him all the best ;)
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Monday, October 30, 2006 10:39 PM
rollergator's avatar IAAPA's gain is CF's loss....

I understand "redundancy", and certainly respect CF's desire to stay with people they've known for a long time....but in my contact with David M. on a couple of occasions, he struck me as not only a NICE guy, but a real professional with an excellent grasp of the PR side of the industry...

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