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Slade, Chairman of the NRCMA board, is the founder and Publisher of Amusement Today, the leading trade publication for the amusement industry, located in Arlington, Texas. Slade has documented the amusement industry for more than 30 years with an archive spanning more than 30,000 images. Slade also does editorial and marketing for AIMS International, a non-profit association whose goal is to promote safety in the amusement industry.

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Sanderson, Secretary of the NRCMA board, is also Chief Financial Officer and partner of Herschman Architects Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. Sanderson is a confirmed thrill seeker and theme park expert having served earlier as president of American Coaster Enthusiasts from 2002 to 2006.

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Novotny, Treasurer of the NRCMA board, is the owner of Larson International in Plainview, Texas, the manufacturer of the classic Flying Scooter, Super Shot and Fire Ball rides. He is the former president of AIMS International.

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Bowser is the Vice President of Amusement Products for Millennium Elastomers — one of the largest urethane processors in North America. His long history in the industry, including 21 years of experience in the Six Flags organization, and his passion for the preservation of theme and amusement park artifacts makes him an invaluable asset to the NRCMA. Residing in Keller, Texas, Bowser spends a considerable amount of time meeting with park representatives and ride manufacturers.

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Gray is a U.S. Navy veteran who has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years. In 1998, Gray founded CMG Models, a photo-realistic attraction model fabrication company for the amusement and architecture industry. He also served as the Procurement and Assembly Director for Great Coasters International. As co-founder of Skyline Attractions, he now develops experiential rides and games for the amusement industry. 

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Munch is a distinguished theme park and roller coaster historian and published author. His book, Roller Coaster Fever, and his profile of ride designer Harry Traver are considered notable references on the subject. Munch is also a founder of the American Coaster Enthusiasts and served as its first president from 1978 to 1982. His career has taken him to Cleveland, Ohio, where he works for Herschman Architects on various commercial projects.

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Owens is the Media and Public Relations Manager for the Dollywood Companies based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Owens background is in television news in which he worked for nearly 15 years. He is also a guest lecturer on crisis communications and media relations for the Travel Institute of America and NAARSO. While a relative newcomer to the amusements industry, his enthusiasm regarding the history of the industry and its impact on the American family drives his participation in the NRCMA.

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Adam Sandy has been a part of the Ride Entertainment Group since 2004. He oversees all of the company’s sales and revenue share initiatives, and contracts for REG’s ride installation and retrofit team. In addition, he runs the marketing and social media programs for the company as a whole and the individual properties under the Ride Operations Group banner.

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Sheehan is an attorney and life-long advocate for theme parks and amusement manufacturers. Tom brings more than a quarter century of experience as a litigator defending the amusements and motor sports industries as a founding member of the Sheehan Firm. He served as Executive Director and General Council for the Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International trade organization (AIMS). He is a founding member of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association. He sits on the International Amusement Parks and Attractions Safety Committee (IAAPA), and routinely serves as an instructor for IAAPA, the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO).

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Willard is president of American Coaster Enthusiasts and a 15-year veteran of the organization having served in various capacities. After 20 years in public transportation and rail management, Willard transitioned to the world of higher education, administering system-wide budgets and tuition revenues for the California State University system's 23 campuses. Residing in Long Beach, California, Willard brings enthusiasm and a passion for preserving the history of roller coasters.