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Kevin Lembke Appointed New Park President

01/25/18 at 07:40pm in Kevin Lembke Appointed New Park President (Latest Edit: 01/26/18 at 09:06am by Nicole.)
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LEADERSHIP CHANGE AT BUSCH GARDENS® WILLIAMSBURG
AND WATER COUNTRY USA®

Kevin Lembke Promoted to President of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA  
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WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (Jan. 25, 2018) – Today, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Inc. announces the appointment of Kevin Lembke as president of Busch Gardens® Williamsburg and Water Country USA®
Lembke will assume his responsibilities on Feb. 1, 2018, succeeding David Cromwell, who is stepping down to pursue an opportunity with a sports franchise.

“Kevin is an entrepreneurial leader with both park support center and park experience,” said John Reilly, chief operating officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “He has achieved a strong record of financial performance and guest satisfaction results.”
Lembke has been with SeaWorld since 2000, when he started his career as an area manager. He has held several leadership roles including vice president of merchandise for Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 2013 to 2016, and most recently, vice president of culinary operations for Busch Gardens Tampa. Lembke is a graduate of the University of Buffalo. His wife and their four children will relocate to Virginia in the coming weeks.

Cromwell served as park president since 2016. He started his SeaWorld career in 1997, serving in various operational roles before landing in Williamsburg.

“David has had an impeccable career with our company. His leadership has helped guide the Williamsburg theme parks into premier local and tourist destinations,” Reilly said.  “We wish David all the best and thank him for his many years of service and accomplishments with the company.”


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He looks 12!
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Damnit Luke you beat me to it.
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Hmmm interesting. Let's see how this goes.

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Can we please not start this management change with comments on his appearance? A little decorum, people.
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Unlike Carl Lum, Kevin Lembke has worked at Busch Gardens Williamsburg before so at least there's that.

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01/26/18 at 09:07am in Kevin Lembke Appointed New Park President (Latest Edit: 01/26/18 at 09:07am by Nicole.)
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Thread split.  Please use this one to discuss the new appointment.

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In all seriousness, I'm glad they stayed in house with this hire and someone who has been with the company for a while, understands the park and the guests, and hopefully keeps the current trajectory the park is on of new attractions.
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01/26/18 at 11:10am in Kevin Lembke Appointed New Park President (Latest Edit: 01/26/18 at 11:10am by Merboy.)
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(01/25/18 07:40pm)Luke Wrote:  “Kevin is an entrepreneurial leader with both park support center and park experience,” said John Reilly, chief operating officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

I think the real news here is that John C Reilly is the chief operating officer for SP&E.

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I’m just going to say. The merch in 2013-2016 got REALLY good. He did a good job there, let’s hope he does a good job with the entire park.
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I do hope for InvadR merch without the stats...
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(01/26/18 04:36pm)Pretzel Kaiser Wrote:  I do hope for InvadR merch without the stats...
Always thought stat shirts made no sense for older and/or family coasters.

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01/27/18 at 04:24pm in Kevin Lembke Appointed New Park President (Latest Edit: 01/27/18 at 04:41pm by Shane.)
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So something I found really interesting about this article is not the new Park President of Busch Gardens Williamsbug, but the person that introduces him in that article; Does the name John Reilly sound familiar to anyone?

John Reilly is the former Park President of Busch Gardens Willaimsburg before he was relocated to SeaWorld San Diego. It appears that he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at somepoint after being replaced by Carl Lum and now.

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(01/26/18 11:10am)Merboy Wrote:  
(01/25/18 07:40pm)Luke Wrote:  “Kevin is an entrepreneurial leader with both park support center and park experience,” said John Reilly, chief operating officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

I think the real news here is that John C Reilly is the chief operating officer for SP&E.

I totally missed your post, you caught it first!

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John Reilly is certainly climbing up the SEAS ladder isn't he? Otherwise I wish the best for our new park President; here's to Kevin Lembke, long may he reign.

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If Kevin Lembke is the one responsible for Acadia Traders and for getting rid of the tacky crap that used to be sold in the La Belle Maison shop in France and introducing nicer items that actually fit in with the whole French/Parisian theme, then he's got my vote!
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