David Heaton has worked for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment for more than 20 years. He began his career in 1997 at Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA as a seasonal leader in admissions. He spent the next several years progressing through seasonal leadership roles in operations at both Water Country USA and Busch Gardens Williamsburg with responsibility for water safety, ride operations, admissions and park quality. Heaton joined the salaried management team in 2003 and was promoted to Director of Operations at WCUSA in 2005. He moved to Orlando, Florida in 2011 and during that time, has served as the Director of Operations for both Aquatica and SeaWorld Orlando. In 2017, Heaton was promoted to Vice President, Aquatica Orlando and enjoys being back at Aquatica, as he has always had a passion for waterparks.