General manager of Fantasilandia to lead worldwide attractions association in 2015
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, based here, has elected Gerardo Arteaga as its third vice-chairman. Arteaga, general manager of Fantasilandia (Santiago, Chile), will move through the third, second and first vice-chairman slots before he becomes chairman of the board in 2015.
Arteaga grew up in the attractions industry. His family built Fantasilandia amusement park in Santiago in 1978. In 1998, he was operations manager of Happyland family entertainment centers and two years later became customer service manager for Fantasilandia, where he was promoted to general manager.
Bob Masterson of Amusement Management Partners LLC, and chairman of IAAPA's Nominating Committee, described Arteaga as a dedicated and accomplished leader who has given a great deal of time to IAAPA and the attractions industry.
"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," Masterson said.
Arteaga has served in a number of volunteer capacities at 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 board of directors. 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.
He was president of the Latin American Association of Attractions and Amusement Parks from 2006 to 2008. In Chile, Arteaga is a member of the Make-A-Wish foundation and part of the national council of Hogar de Cristo, the country's largest Catholic nonprofit organization. He has also led his company's involvement in Navidad con Sentido (Christmas with Sense), which provides visits to Fantasilandia to 5,000 underprivileged individuals.