Jim Dunn, President of Aquatic Development Group (ADG), has been inducted into the World Waterpark Association’s (WWA) Hall of Fame. He joins Herb Ellis, ADG’s Chairman and founder, and Ken Ellis, ADG’s CEO, as the company’s third recipient of this prestigious award.
Jim Dunn, president of Aquatic Development Group (ADG) joined ADG in 1988, beginning his career in the design department. He started working in the industry focused on designing wave generation equipment and filtration systems and quickly moved into park engineering and waterpark design. A registered architect with over 30 years’ experience specializing in aquatics, his portfolio today includes many of the most prestigious indoor and outdoor water parks and resorts in the country, establishing long-time working relationships with clients such as Six Flags, Premier Parks, Wet n Wild, Gaylord Hotel Resorts, Columbus Zoo, and many others.
Dunn’s work has fuelled the industry with major technological advancements in wave system technology, the results of which can be seen not only in waterparks around the world, but in motion pictures, zoos, aquariums, military rescue training centres and more. He has received numerous awards over the years including multiples Leading Edge and IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, Aquatics International’s Dream Designs Awards, a WWA Executive Award and special recognitions from IAAPA and ARDA. In 2011 Jim was named to Aquatics International’s “Power 25,” a prestigious list of industry influencers working to establish a standard Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC).