The Northeast’s Entertainment Association (NEAAPA) has installed new officers during the organisation’s 108th anniversary meeting, which took place virtually in late March.
Eric Anderson, the NEAAPA’s outgoing president of Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, addressed the 57 meeting attendees.
Anderson discussed the ongoing work of NEAAPA throughout the Covid-19 crisis, which brought the attractions industry virtually to a halt in 2020.
Anderson introduced the NEAAPA’s 57th president, Dave Oberland of Centerplate in Stamford, Connecticut. Oberland also talked about the difficult year the industry has faced, saying that he would like to acknowledge the terrific work done by NEAPPA members. “Our industry has been through the most difficult time in its history, and the prospects for ‘a return to normal’ operating plan this year are still tenuous at the very least,” said Anderson.
The virtual event saw the installation of a new slate of officers. These included first vice president Chris Nicoli, of Canobie Lake Park, Salem, second vice president Erik Beard of International Ride Training, LLC, Nashville, and treasurer Charlene Conway of Carousel Family Fun Centers in Fairhaven.
There were also a number of officers approved to serve on the NEAAPA Board of Directors.