Herschend CEO goes goes to front lines in CBS reality TV show

Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 5:42 PM | Contributed by CPLady

Joel Manby is now the CEO of a Georgia-based company of theme parks and aquariums called Herschend Family Entertainment. On the show Undercover Boss, he dons oversized glasses and a beard to hide his identity from workers who take tickets, wash the streets, run the rides and serve the hungry masses at the company's entertainment venues.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:02 PM
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I will have to catch this later as we will be driving home from a Herschend park.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:08 PM

Can't wait to see it!

It'll be fun to see how a park CEO handled a week WORKING in the trenches.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:03 PM
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Why is 'working' capitalized?

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:14 PM

^^^ Same here will be at Dollywood so I will miss this :(

^ Because he WANTS you to see it! ;)

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:23 PM
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Anyone who implies that being a CEO is easy or coasting needs to get a life and stop being bitter.


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Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:28 AM

On the show Undercover Boss, he dons oversized glasses and a beard to hide his identity from workers

Kinda funny that this very thing would prevent him from being employed at another certain park chain.

Last edited by CP Chris, Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:31 AM

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:03 PM

^ Herschend don't have those strict grooming guildlines like other parks.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:46 PM
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I just saw my first episode of UCB last week. It was a better show than I thought it would be. I look forward to seeing this episode.


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Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:51 PM
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Ken Jones said:
^ Herschend don't have those strict grooming guildlines like other parks.

And Conneaut don't have English?


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Thursday, March 25, 2010 6:21 PM

Or guildlines, apparently. j/k

I know the premise is that the CEO visits many facilities throughout the company. But how do they explain to the other employees that the "new guy" with the camera crew following him around lasts only one day at in any one place? Even Lucy and Ethel got to try 3 or 4 different jobs at the candy factory before getting canned. You wonder how many episodes can be shown before people start getting wise.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 6:41 PM
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A lot of films and TV of this type have exactly that kind of problem, Bear. Remember the Tom Green show on MTV? ...Or Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan?


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Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:03 PM

Jeff said:
Anyone who implies that being a CEO is easy or coasting needs to get a life and stop being bitter.

Jeff, I was implying that sitting in an A/C'd office all day (for a six-figure salary) seems pretty cushy to me, all the other headachs be darned!


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Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:09 PM
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If I was a CEO, I would delegate most of the work to my most trusted employees, and then with my huge salary, I would take many vacations all over the world. ;)


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Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:57 PM
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Hopman said:


Jeff, I was implying that sitting in an A/C'd office all day (for a six-figure salary) seems pretty cushy to me, all the other headachs be darned!

A lot of people make six-figure salaries working in air conditioned offices, and their jobs are far from 'cushy.'

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:36 PM
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Hopman said:

Jeff, I was implying that sitting in an A/C'd office all day (for a six-figure salary) seems pretty cushy to me, all the other headachs be darned!

I resemble that remark and I find it far from cushy, thanks..


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Friday, March 26, 2010 7:52 AM

Actually the CEO on last week implied that his job was much easier than packing boxes or loading trucks.


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Friday, March 26, 2010 8:10 AM

I respect bosses who are willing to get their hands dirty & make their muscles sore more than ones who sit on their butts all day & have a "I'm better than you because I'm the boss" attitude.

I've had many supervisors who were the former. I LOVED working for them!


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Friday, March 26, 2010 9:49 AM
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Is that any better than having an "I'm better than you because I work with my hands" attitude?

Everyone has different skills and strengths. It seems to me that judging someone's experience who has a desk job "in the A/C" as cushy is no better than judging someone who works in manual labor.


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Friday, March 26, 2010 10:14 AM
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One of my former co-workers used to ask me how I could sit at a desk all day. "That would drive me nuts. I like being up and moving." I said I didn't know how she could stand being on her feet for 8 hours a day with only a half hour break for lunch to sit down. Two differing personal preferences, I guess.

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