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Joel K. Manby , , , President and Chief Executive Officer and Director

Joel K. Manby has been our President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the company since April 2015. From 2003 to 2015, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned theme park and entertainment company in the United States. Prior to joining Herschend, Mr. Manby spent 20 years in the auto industry in general management and marketing roles, primarily at General Motors in the Saturn and Saab divisions. Mr. Manby served as CEO of Saab Automobile USA from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Manby currently serves on the board of directors of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. and also serves as a member of the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army. Mr. Manby received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Albion College. As valedictorian of Albion College, Mr. Manby was a Rhodes scholarship finalist.
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Marc G. Swanson , , , Chief Financial Officer

Marc G. Swanson was appointed to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the company in August 2017. Mr. Swanson served as Chief Accounting Officer since 2012 and served as interim Chief Financial Officer from June 2015 until September 2015 and as interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from August 1, 2017 until his permanent appointment later that same month. Previously, he was Vice President, Performance Management and Corporate Controller of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment from 2011 to 2012, the Corporate Controller of Busch Entertainment Corporation from 2008 to 2011 and the Vice President of Finance of Sesame Place from 2004 to 2008.

Mr. Swanson is a member of the Board of Directors of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Board of Trustees of the Orlando Science Center. Mr. Swanson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University, and is a CPA.

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John Reilly , , , Chief Parks Operations Officer

John T. Reilly was appointed as the Chief Parks Operations Officer of the company in April 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Reilly served as Park President of SeaWorld San Diego from 2010 until April 2016 and Park President of Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Reilly serves on the board of trustees of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William & Mary.
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Anthony Esparza , , , Chief Creative Officer

Anthony Esparza has been our Chief Creative Officer since September 2015. Prior to joining the company, from 2003 through 2015, Mr. Esparza served as Senior Vice President, Guest Experiences, Design and Development for Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned theme park and entertainment company in the United States. From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Esparza served as the Senior Vice President of Design and Entertainment for Paramount Parks, a Viacom Company. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Creative Development at Landmark Entertainment Group in Los Angeles. Mr. Esparza holds a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Esparza also serves on the Urban Land Institute Entertainment Council.

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Elizabeth C. Gulacsy , , , Chief Accounting Officer

Elizabeth C. Gulacsy was appointed Chief Accounting Officer of the company in August 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Gulacsy served as Corporate Vice President, Financial Reporting since 2016 and Director, Financial Reporting from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining the company, from 2011 to 2013, Ms. Gulacsy served as Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller for Cross Country Healthcare, Inc., from 2006 to 2011 she served as their Director of Corporate Accounting and from 2002 to 2006 as their Assistant Controller. Prior to that time, Ms. Gulacsy was an Audit Manager for Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Gulacsy holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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G. Anthony (Tony) Taylor , , , Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

G. Anthony (Tony) Taylor has been our Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since 2010. In addition, from March 2013 until November 2015, Mr. Taylor led the company’s Corporate Affairs group, which includes Industry & Governmental Affairs, Corporate Communications, Community Affairs, Risk Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Taylor held the position of Associate General Counsel of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. from 2000 to 2010, and was a Principal at Blumenfeld Kaplan in St. Louis from 1993 to 2000. He holds bachelors’ degrees in political science and speech communication from the University of Missouri and a juris doctor degree from Washington University. Mr. Taylor is a board member and serves as president of The Anthony Armstrong 88 Foundation.
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Dr. Christopher (Chris) Dold , , , Chief Zoological Officer

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Dold was appointed to Chief Zoological Officer of the company in April 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Dold served as Vice President, Veterinary Services from 2008 until April 2016 and Senior Veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando from 2005 to 2008. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Dold was a National Academies- National Research Council Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow with the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, and completed a University of California-Davis Internship in Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. Dr. Dold is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, European Association for Aquatic Mammals, and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Dr. Dold received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Jack Roddy , , , Chief Human Resources & Culture Officer

Jack Roddy has been our Chief Human Resources & Culture Officer since June 2016. Prior to joining the company, from 2012 through 2016, Mr. Roddy served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Luxottica Inc.’s Americas business. From 2004 to 2012, he was with Starbucks Coffee Company, where he was Vice President, U.S. Partner Resources, and had previously served as Director of Organization Development. He has also served in a variety of senior human resources and organizational development roles for companies including 24 Hour Fitness, Johnson & Johnson, Mercer Delta Consulting, Novations Consulting Group, Accenture and Covey Leadership Center. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University (Hawaii) and has a Masters of Arts from Columbia University.
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Denise Godreau , , , Chief Marketing Officer

Denise L. Godreau has been our Chief Marketing Officer since January 2017. Prior to joining the company, from 2011 through 2015, Ms. Godreau served as Chief Marketing Officer for Baha Mar Resorts Ltd. From 2009 to 2011, she was with Brandman University, where she was Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Communications. She has also served in a variety of senior marketing roles for companies including Walt Disney World Company, Blockbuster Entertainment, Pizza Hut and Procter & Gamble. Ms. Godreau received a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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