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Lisa Brady was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective November 14, 2022. Ms. Brady has served as a Director of the Company since November 2021. Ms. Brady brings more than a decade of experience in the entertainment, leisure, and hospitality industry with executivelevel experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, financial modeling, and real estate development. For the decade proceeding her joining the Company, Ms. Brady served in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility with Cedar Fair Entertainment Company including investor relations, strategic planning, M&A activities, resort and adjacent development and implementation of key growth initiatives. Prior to joining Cedar Fair Entertainment, Ms. Brady was a sell-side analyst at KeyBank Capital markets, covering the fitness, leisure and hospitality sector. Ms. Brady graduated summa cum laude from Penn State University and received the John Zahniser Female Scholar Athlete Award.
Todd R. White
Todd R. White was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of Parks! America in May 2013 and has served as a Director of the Company since January 2014. Prior to joining the Company, from 1992 through 2011, Mr. White was an executive with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in a variety of roles, and served most recently as its Vice President, Global Controller from 2005 through 2011. Mr. White was with Price Waterhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1986 to 1992. He received a B.A. in business administration from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently serves on the Board of Managers of Spring Brook Farm Cheese, LLC, which is wholly owned by the Farms for City Kids Foundation.
Dale Van Voorhis
Dale Van Voorhis currently serves as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors and as a special advisor to the CEO. Mr. Van Voorhis served as the Company’s interim President and CEO from June 1, 2022 until November 14, 2022. Mr. Van Voorhis served as the Company’s CEO from January 2011 through May 2022. Mr. Van Voorhis was re-appointed to our Board of Directors in March 2009 and served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer from March 2009 until January 2011. Mr. Van Voorhis previously served the Company in various management and board of director roles from December 2003 through December 2006. In addition, Mr. Van Voorhis has been the President of Amusement Business Consultants, Inc., an amusement industry consulting company since its inception in 1994. Mr. Van Voorhis was President and CEO of Funtime Parks Inc. (“Funtime”) from 1982 until 1994. Funtime consisted of three parks in New York and Ohio, and they generated total attendance of 2.6 million visitors in 1993. Funtime sold the three parks for $60 million in 1994. Mr. Van Voorhis has over 55 years of experience in the amusement/entertainment industry.
John Gannon has served as a Director of the Company since December 2019 and was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee in June 2021. Mr. Gannon has 33 years of experience in the amusement park, water park, and zoo industry. After 14 years of service, Mr. Gannon retired from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in January 2020, most recently serving as its Senior Vice President responsible for managing all for profit ventures, including its water park, its amusement park section and its golf course. Prior to joining the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Mr. Gannon was with Six Flags, Premier Parks and Funtime Inc. for a combined total of 19 years. During his time with Six Flags, Mr. Gannon served as Vice President of Finance, with responsibility over the eastern United States and Europe. Mr. Gannon started his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young. Mr. Gannon is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (“IAAPA”) and the World Waterpark Association (WWA). In 2017, Governor John Kasich appointed Mr. Gannon to the Ohio Department of Agriculture Advisory Board on Amusement Ride Safety. Mr. Gannon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Akron.
Charles Kohnen has served as a Director of the Company since October 2010. Mr. Kohnen has a diverse business background including experience with planning and executing management strategies for turnaround companies. From 1998 to 2006 he was Managing Partner of Kohnen Realty Co., a real estate and stock investment company that he co-founded, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business including the coordination of all legal, accounting and buyout matters. Mr. Kohnen has also served as Chairman of a privately held restaurant located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Kohnen also serves on the Board of one non-profit organization and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Jeffery Lococo has served as a Director of the Company since May 2006 and was appointed Secretary of the Company in January 2011. Mr. Lococo is President of Lococo Company LLC, an industry-leading consulting firm in the amusement and resort industry segment. Mr. Lococo began his career with the Marriott Corporation theme park division and progressed through middle management to General Manager level in 1990 with Funtime. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Lococo held various executive vice president level positions with Six Flags Inc. Mr. Lococo joined Great Wolf Resorts Inc. in March of 2000 as General Manager of Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky, Ohio, and in 2005, was promoted to Corporate Vice President of Resort Operations for all Great Wolf Lodge Resorts. Mr. Lococo has over 35 years of experience in the theme/water park, entertainment and hospitality industry.
Rick Ruffolo has served as a Director of the Company since November 2021 and was appointed Chairman of the Strategic Growth Committee in May 2022. Mr. Ruffolo has over three decades of consumer goods, specialty retail, marketing, innovation, and executive leadership experience. In his first twenty years, Mr. Ruffolo held brand management roles at P&G, SC Johnson, and Nestle Purina, as well as senior executive roles leading the brand, marketing, and innovation departments at Yankee Candle and Bath & Body Works where he received multiple patents including for the multi-billion dollar launch of the Wallflowers home fragrance business. Over the last eleven years, as CEO & President, Mr. Ruffolo has led the successful turnaround and growth of several private equity-backed portfolio companies including Sensible Organics, CR Brands, Enviroscent, and Phelps Pet Products. Mr. Ruffolo is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy, was a NCAA Division I athlete and graduated summa cum laude in marketing and business administration from the University of Dayton, and received his MBA with honors from Washington University in St. Louis.