Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas has solidified its management team with the additions of Chris Hicks as revenue manager and Matthew Watts as resale manager. Both bring extensive operations, ticketing, concessions, retail and systems experience in the water park and amusement industry and large-scale operations to the $50 million Las Vegas water park with more than 25 slides and attractions.
Hicks’ success as admissions manager at sister park Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix led to his promotion and position at Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas. He previously served as operations supervisor at two Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. parks, California’s Great America in Santa Clara and Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; and attractions operations area manager for Hard Rock Park (also called Freestyle Music Park) in Myrtle Beach, So. Car.
At Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas, Hicks will oversee ticket sales and the front gate, including guest services, season pass processing, and rentals for cabanas, tubes and lockers. He also will configure, set up and maintain ticketing software systems, serve as the IT liaison to Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas parent, Village Roadshow Limited/Village Roadshow Theme Parks, and supervise office staff and group sales ticket sales, fulfillment and accounts receivables.
An Ohio native, Hicks graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus.
Watts was concessions manager at Dallas’ American Airlines Center for the Levy Restaurants operation, retail supervisor at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., near Chicago, and guest arrival area manager at Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach.
At Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas, he will develop and implement a food and beverage program that will feature both premium selections and traditional theme park fare, including specialized treats. In addition, Watts will manage retail operations for the property with a focus on beach attire and souvenir merchandise.
Watts graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and marketing from The Ohio State University and is also an Ohio native.
About Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas
Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas will be Nevada’s premier water park and home to more than 25 exhilarating slides and attractions. It will open in May 2013 with attractions ranging from extreme water slides, including the first-of-its-kind in North America three-person Rattler, to family friendly interactive play areas. Valued at more than $50 million, the park is ideally located in southwest Las Vegas near the I-215 and Sunset Road at 7055 S. Fort Apache Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89148 on a parcel of land leased from The Howard Hughes Corporation. Project investors include Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, Dr. Steven and Karen Thomas of the Thomas and Mack family of Las Vegas, Roger and Scott Bulloch of SPB Partners and Australian entertainment conglomerate Village Roadshow Limited which also will manage the park along with holding a 51percent ownership. For more information, visit www.WetnWildLasVegas.com.