Gary Foley

Gillian’s Wonderland

Chief Operating Officer

Gary Foley has more than 35 years experience in amusement park and attractions management, customer service, team development and train-the-trainer leadership facilitation. A lifelong passion, Foley began his career in Ocean City, New Jersey with Gillian’s Wonderland Piers and Gillian’s Island Water Theme Park as a frontline team member in 1976. Very soon, he was appointed to the Director of Human Resources, and then to Director of Operations for both parks. In 2009, Foley was offered the General Manager job at a new, 58,000-square-foot indoor water theme park in West Berlin, New Jersey. Now established as the guy who makes it happen, Foley was sought out in 2011 to serve as Chief Operating Officer and to open iPlay America, the new, 120,000-square-foot indoor, multi-purpose entertainment complex in Freehold, New Jersey. In 2015, Foley was again tapped to join the Funplex Amusement Center, a company with two New Jersey locations in Mount Laurel and East Hanover. Joining the company as Chief Operating Officer, Foley achieved his primary purpose to restructure the businesses, developing and implementing systems to increase profits and grow the enterprise to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. A key to Foley’s success in this industry is his zest for learning. He takes advantage of the resources provided by IAAPA and the WWA, including workshops on hospitality to business development, to marketing, to training and operations. Foley is also on staff at Zaiss & Company, the marketing collaborative that specializes in FEC/waterpark brand building.