David Mandt says goodbye PKI, hello Carowinds!

Tuesday, April 29, 2003 4:23 PM
I have been sitting on this little tid-bit for a while now, but the time is right to share with those fellow enthusiasts that may know Mr. David Mandt at PKI.

David has held the position of Marketing Manager and Director of Guest Experience at PKI for several seasons now. He transferred to PKI from Star Trek: The Experience in Vegas. Prior to that, he worked within the Marketing Department at Paramount's Carowinds.

Mr. Mandt is returning to Carowinds to assume a Marketing Mangement position there. Also, David is now an offical PR rep for Paramount Parks.

This is a terrifc move for David on a lot of different levels. Mr. Mandt has been a crucial part of what I consider to be among the best Marketing/PR Department in Kings Island's history. The phenominal job that he and the Marketing Department has done over the years really shows. Not only did he embrace the park and the joy it provides, but he also embraced all of us enthusiasts that enjoy the park so much.

David officially begins his position at Carowinds on Monday May 5th. I wish him all the best of luck with the new job, Carowinds is lucky to get him back. Jeffrey Siebert, Marketing Area and Communications Manager, will assume the role vacated by David.... go Jeff! I am anxious to see what great things will come from both PKI and Carowinds after this.

It is wonderful to see good friends move up in the world. Although bittersweet for me personally, it simply means that I'll have to head South more often. Keep a seat on Top Gun ready for me David!

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Shaggy

Proud A-lister!
*** This post was edited by Shaggy 4/29/2003 8:23:41 PM ***

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Tuesday, April 29, 2003 5:13 PM
Pretty cool news Shaggy. David certainly will be a big asset to PCar - in more ways than one...;). My last visit to PCar was the hottest day on record in Charlotte, and it wasn't our best day.

The return trip this past weekend (*TR soon*), definitely showed PCar at its best (and we were too, Brian notwithstanding). I wish David all the best, and can foresee GOOD things on the horizon in North AND South Carolina...;)

Also, congrats to Jeff Siebert, he certainly will do a fantastic job...enthusiasm never being in short supply for him, ROFL....Jeff, if you need another assistant, send me an e-mail...;)
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Tuesday, April 29, 2003 7:14 PM
I thought he was a corporate-level person already? When they announced the management deal for Bonfonte one of the people under him sent me the release by his request, at which time I asked about it. Did I misunderstand something?

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
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Tuesday, April 29, 2003 7:22 PM
No, he has been the PR rep for Paramount Parks Inc. for a while now. However his step up at Carowinds is new. While at PKI, although he was transitioning into the Corporate spokesperson, he still maintianed his local PKI title and duties as well.

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Shaggy

Proud A-lister!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2003 4:44 AM
Is he officially transferring to Carowinds, or just relocating to corporate HQ next to Carowinds??

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Scott W. Short
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
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Wednesday, April 30, 2003 5:18 AM
I get it now. I didn't get the corporate structure, I guess.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
"Pray that your country undergoes recovery!" - KMFDM

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Wednesday, April 30, 2003 5:33 AM
Well I can tell you one new improvement at Carowinds. They've started some kind of construction and rennovation on Smurf Island (plumbing, electricity, orange paint arrows). So hopefully this could mean something in the future.

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Tales for the L33t

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Wednesday, April 30, 2003 1:19 PM
Hey Junkie, im going this weekend and would like to know where you saw the orange paint arrows and such. I'm interested to know if that was just for Scarowinds or if it's something for next year.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2003 1:31 PM
I am hopefully going to see whats going at Smurf Island this weekend as well. Just wondering, exactly what kind of good things will come to Carowinds after this?
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Wednesday, April 30, 2003 5:45 PM
I saw orange arrows pointing in the Carolina RFD section, where the original entrance was to the island. Also, if you go on the Carolina Skytower, you can see workers on the island (or at least I did) working away.

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