The IAAPA board of directors has elected Gerardo Arteaga as its new third vice-chairman, meaning he will lead the association as chairman from November 2015.
The general manager of Fantasilandia in Santiago, Chile, Arteaga grew up in the attractions industry. His family built Fantasilandia in 1978, and in 1998 he was named operations manager for the Happyland family entertainment centre chain, moving back to Fantasilandia in 2000.
“Gerardo is a dedicated and accomplished leader and has given a great deal of time to IAAPA and the attractions industry,” notes Bob Masterson, chairman of IAAPA’s nominating committee. “He is innovative and regularly breaks new ground with the new developments in his park and family entertainment centers in Chile and Peru. We are confident his leadership, dedication, and industry expertise will help advance the key initiatives of IAAPA in the years ahead.”
Arteaga has served in a number of volunteer capacities within IAAPA. He was a member of the marketing committee in 2003 and the FEC committee in 2006. From 2007 to 2009 he served on the IAAPA board. He was also a member of the IAAPA executive committee in 2008, and is currently a member of the association’s advisory committee for Latin America. Arteaga has been an active member of the Latin American Association of Attractions and Amusement Parks (ALAP) for many years.