Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 1:20 PM | Contributed by Jason Hammond
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park announced today that President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bob Kraemer has informed the park of his resignation for personal reasons. In addition to the resignation of Mr. Kraemer, founder Michael Bonfante has also resigned stating he has "fulfilled his dream of building a theme park and it is time to retire and go onto other dreams." Both Kraemer and Bonfante said they will continue to be available to the board to answer questions or provide input should the need arise.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:34 PM
Wow, that's too bad. I get the feeling that Mr. Bonfante wanted to do a little more than just build a park. I wonder how he's doing financially. He sunk quite a chunk of change in the place.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:57 PM
I suspect he did OK. It doesn't sound like he's leaving out of regret. I mean, he had the vision, he built it, it lives on. If he's one of those entrepreneurial types, like everyone else in that area, I bet he's ready to move on to the next thing.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 12:21 PM
However, last I heard, he lives in Branson now. If parks and entertainment doesn't interest him anymore, seems like a curious place to live.
Think we could see Bonfante-Branson Gardens in the future? ;)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 4:38 PM
I know that he was at least at one time involve with the Herschends as he has helped Celebration City start planting circus trees.