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Amusement Park Safety Loss Prevention Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Amusement Park Safety, Loss Prevention, Theme Parks, Carnivals, Fairs, Arenas, Sports Complexes, Waterparks, Picnic Areas, Recreation, Go Karts, Go Kart Tracks, Go Carts, Go Carts, Family Entertainment Centers, Inflatable Devices

Expert No. 1165

Professional Experience

Safety Consultant
1990-Present
Orlando, Florida

Providing amusement and leisure industry safety consulting and expert witness services.

Vice President of Safety, Security, Rides & Maintenance
1986-1990
Orlando, Florida

Responsibilities included but were not limited to: exposures concerning guest safety, rides maintenance, general maintenance, security, first-aid, health services, transportation, shows, theaters, stadiums, games, walkways, parking lots, amusement rides and devices, crowd management safety planning and emergency response; including rescue and evacuation, claims administration, security; including protection of persons and property for a major league sports complex, AAA baseball facility, multiple field complex, concerts, shows, dignitary visits, and other special events. Additional responsibilities included the safety of all employees.

Corporate Safety Specialist
1981-1986
St. Louis, Missouri

Responsibilities included but were not limited to: Busch Entertainment Corporation safety & health programs, procedures writing, policy making and loss control surveys; these surveys were conducted on an as needed basis. Busch Entertainment locations included: Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia; Adventure Island, Tampa, Florida; Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania and Irving, Texas; Grant’s Farm, St. Louis, Missouri, and the Wholesale Operations Division located throughout the United States. Responsible for system wide amusement park safety, including facility inspections of amusement rides and devices, water rides, and children play equipment safety reviews. Participated in new project development for structures and amusement rides. Evaluated amusement rides & devices, water parks, family entertainment fun centers, and go-kart operations throughout the United States. Monitored and reviewed field locations safety programs to verify compliance with federal, state, and local codes. Provided safety training, safety seminars, inspection services, and additional specific requests.

Safety Manager
1976-1981
Tampa, Florida

Responsibilities included but were not limited to: guest safety concerning mass transit, shows, theaters, games, park grounds, walkways, parking lots, public highways, amusement rides, amusement devices, crowd management safety planning, emergency response and recovery; including first-aid, rescue, evacuation, and claims administration. Position also included safety responsibility for a major zoological operation and Adventure Island (a themed water park). Adventure Island included the following attractions: wave pool, water flume rides, slides, and other water related activities.

Militarty

1968-1972
United States Air Force
Tampa, Florida   
Medic, Rank E-4 (Sergeant)
Honorable Discharge – Medical Conditions, DAV.

Education

1977
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
Attended University of South Florida Industrial Technical Education program.

1974-1976
Hillsborough Community College
Tampa, Florida
Associate of Science Degree in Industrial Occupational Safety and Health.

Awards

Recipient of the American Recreational Equipment Association’s (AREA) safety award for outstanding dedication to continuing safety in the amusement industry.

Recipient of the National Safety Council Award of Merit for a safety program at Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida, where employee’s worked over one million hours without a disabling injury.

Recipient of the corporate citizen award from the National Society to Prevent Blindness for requiring the use of Plexiglas face shields on batting helmets for guests using baseball-batting cages.

Recipient of the Telly Award for the dialogue of an employee safety training video for SeaWorld of Florida’s food and beverage department.  

Certification

2009 - Certified Pool / Spa Operator, National Swimming Pool Foundation

2008 - Certified Inflatable Safety Inspector, IALEI - International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry

2003—Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour General Industry Certification.

2002-present—Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International (AIMS) Certified Operations Technician (Level II).

2000-2001—Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International (AIMS) Certified Operations Technician (Level I).

1993-2001—State of Florida, certified to inspect amusement rides and devices, Florida annual inspector

1995-present—National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) Certified Amusement Ride Safety Inspector (Level I)

State of New Mexico, certified to inspect amusement rides and devices.

Security Clearance

1996
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) security clearance for work access during the Olympic games held in Atlanta, Georgia

Affiliations
   
2009-present-Northwestern Showmen’s Club

2008-present-Member National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

2006-present-World Water Park Association.

1999-present-International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

1995-present-Committee Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F-24 on Amusement Rides and Devices (go-kart and inflatable standards sub-committee). Participate in Standard Practice for Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction, and Operation of Water Slide Systems

1995-present-National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO).

1980-1984-American Standards for Testing Material (ASTM F-24). Voting member of amusement rides and devices safety standards writing committee.

1977-1990-American Society of Amusement Park Safety and Security Personnel.

Seminars and Industry Training
   
2009 World Water Park Association, Water Products Review, Certified Pool / Spa Certified Operator Training Course, Orlando, Florida

2009 Northwestern Showmen’s Club Safety Seminar, Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units, Portland, Oregon

2008 International Association for the Leisure & Entertainment Industry. Certified Inflatable Safety Course. Orlando, Florida.

2007 National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Old Dominion University. Orlando, Florida.

2005 National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Old Dominion University. Orlando, Florida.

2003 Amusement Industry Manufacturer’s and Suppliers (AIMS) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Greenville Technical College. Orlando, Florida.

2001 Amusement Industry Manufacturer’s and Suppliers (AIMS) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Greenville Technical College. League City, Texas.

2000 Amusement Industry Manufacturer’s and Suppliers (AIMS) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Greenville Technical College. Wichita, Kansas.

1998 Amusement Industry Manufacturer’s and Suppliers (AIMS) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Greenville Technical College. Akron, Ohio.

1997 National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Old Dominion University.

1996 Amusement Industry Manufacturer’s and Suppliers (AIMS) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Greenville Technical College. Wichita, Kansas.

1995 National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) safety conference. Received 4.0 Continuing Education Units from Old Dominion University. Tampa, Florida.

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