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#4-The 3rd Degree – Michael Shelton: A Life Long Journey in the Attractions Industry

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The 3rd Degree
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Ever wondered what it takes to ascend from humble beginnings to an industry titan? Michael Shelton, with 30 years under his belt in the attractions industry and a legacy at IAAPA, joins us to unravel the blueprint of his impressive climb. From the days of picking up trash to spearheading educational initiatives and the grand IAAPA expos, Michael’s story isn’t just about professional milestones; it’s a rich tapestry of balancing the thrills of innovation with the heartbeat of community and member service.

This episode isn’t just a stroll down Michael’s career path; it’s a deep dive into the raw and intimate aspects of life that shape us. He opens up about championing work-life balance and the delicate art of nurturing connections that matter, both at work and at home. The amusement park industry’s roller coaster isn’t just for thrill-seekers; it’s a metaphor for the ups and downs of Michael’s own life, from the joys and challenges of parenting a child with disabilities to steering the course of an entire industry association.

Wrap your ears around tales of industry evolution and insider wisdom as we discuss everything from the rise of Highland Hills to the debate over LBE versus FEC in the Family Entertainment Center sector. Michael’s insights are peppered with anecdotes of creativity in operations and the collaborative spirit that sets the amusement industry apart. Don’t miss this heartfelt finale, a celebration of personal growth, resilience, and the magic that happens when work and life experiences interweave to create a narrative as compelling as the rides we love. Join us for a conversation that is an inspiration for anyone navigating their career and life adventures.

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The brainchild of two location-based experience enthusiasts, Christine Buhr and Brandon Willey, the LBX Collective aims to inform and educate, create opportunities to connect with industry peers, and to spur collaboration, discourse, and cross-pollination of ideas.

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