Six Flags execs move out of Oklahoma City

Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2006 9:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Some 30 Six Flags executives are now relocating to Grand Prairie, Texas, to form a "satellite corporate office," according to Wendy Goldberg, a company spokeswoman in New York. The mid-level executives are leaving Oklahoma City after the longtime Six Flags headquarters there was moved recently to New York City. The executives coming to Grand Prairie are those who are important to day-to-day operations and who travel often to the company's 29 parks in North America, Goldberg said.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006 3:53 PM
Can someone explain to me the need for their Corporate Headquarters to be in NYC? The rent must be astronomical and there is no park in the near vicinity. Yes, bankers are there but what is the draw?
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 4:19 PM
^ Are you forgetting the parks in Jersey and Mass.? ;)

It's just a lot closer to home for the new guys than OKC, which I'm sure plays a role.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 4:47 PM
Jeff's avatar I've never understood the need to set up shop in downtown NYC, LA or even Chicago. Ditto for Silicon Valley. Before the Internet, sure, you're there in the thick of American commerce. But now? I think Shapiro just wanted to be close to Madison Ave.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 5:34 PM
While I agree with Jeff, I don't think the rest of the non-internet-dependent world views it that way. Personally, I don't care where the offices are, just as long as the parks don't suffer.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 5:42 PM
Because if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere?

I agree with Jeff. It's probably more of a case of being seen and closer to the million media types that frequent Manhattan.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:43 PM
Wasn't Burke working,pretty much, out of NYC?
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 12:00 AM
Manhattan is expensive precisely because it is where the money flows. Even today with the power of the video conferencing, the power lunch and handshake can make or break a deal. I don't understand the need for Google to have an engineering office there, but a small office for the Six Flags guys makes some sense to me.

Besides, you really think the new administration wanted to move? ;)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 12:26 AM
Im sure the move is done to insure a more family friendly atmosphere in the SF parks. and to reduce costs to ehance the guest experience!!(lol)
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:29 AM
Prestige maybe? IMHO, having your corporate headquarters in a major city gives the public the idea that the company is doing well. There is a certain allure with having an office in Manhattan. I'm sure being the commerce capital of the world has something to do with it.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 4:03 AM
Or... gasp! Maybe they just like New York!
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 7:39 AM
Some companies say they are part of a major city while they are really part of a major suburb. Marriott is a prime example of that. When I worked for them they claimed to be hq'd in Washington, D.C. but there are offices are actually in Bethesda, MD. Their mail was still delivered to Bethesda because they used a Bethesda zip code.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:05 PM
They've had an office in NYC (that Burke operated out of). This is probably just to make more consolidation in the company. You see this a lot these days, possibly to cut costs.
Thursday, April 27, 2006 10:18 AM
Jeff's avatar They aren't consolidating anything. They're actually hiring more managers and people as of late.
Friday, April 28, 2006 5:55 PM
Plus, they're also closer to the NYC Garment District, so they can keep an eye on all those costumes being made for their characters. :)

But what's the advantage of starting a new office in Grand Prairie TX as opposed to keeping some people in the Oklahoma City area?

Never mind... answered my own question. Forgot about Staubach. They probably have some kind of a deal worked out with his company. *** This post was edited by RatherGoodBear 4/28/2006 6:06:24 PM ***


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