IAAPA awards Dennis Speigel of International Theme Park Services, Inc. the Lifetime Service Award

By Mark Shuller - Email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Lifetime Achievement Service Award was presented to Dennis Speigel at the 2010 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The Lifetime Service Award recognizes a member individual or organization's continual service to the industry. Speigel has worked as an operator and as a volunteer in the association. He started out taking tickets at Coney Island Amusement Park in Ohio, eventually working his way up to assistant general manager of Kings Island. His excellent work in operations, marketing, and finance led him to the position of vice president and general manager to oversee the opening of Kings Dominion in Virginia. Speigel now owns and operates ITPS, which works with attractions to ensure expert planning, management, and safety prevail.

John Wood, president of Sally Corp. and chairman of the Service Awards committee said: "When anyone has a question about trends or issues in the industry, just about anyone in the media calls Dennis because he's knowledgeable about what's going on and why. That means hours of service to the industry as a whole, not to mention the great job he did as chairman of the association and head of the education initiatives. Whenever asked, he not only did the job, he did the job extremely well from the board level."

Speigel addressing the 500+audience said, "I am humbled and honored to receive this award from our Industry.  The Industry has given me far more than I have ever contributed.  A wonderful livelihood in addition to a forum which has allowed me to travel over 30 years and 6million miles, making friends and building parks all over the world."

"I feel like the Johnny Appleseed of our Industry having built parks on every continent during the last 30 years.. What a wonderful industry to work and be recognized.  We do not pollute the rivers or oceans with chemicals, we do not put smoke in the skies, we put smiles on people's faces around the world. I am truly honored."