Jody Kneupper is a Regional Vice President for Premier Parks, an operator of multiple theme parks and waterparks across the U.S. and Canada. Part of his responsibility is to manage Wild Waves Theme and Water Park in Federal Way, Washington where he has worked since 2019. Prior to Wild Waves, Kneupper worked at Wet’n’Wild Splashtown in Houston, Texas where he had worked for the company since 2009. As a Regional Vice President, he also helps oversee several other properties as well as coordinate operations for the 13 properties Premier Parks operates. He began his career in the waterpark industry in 1989 as a lifeguard at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, he worked in various management positions in revenue and operations around the country at many great parks such as Schlitterbahn, Raging Waters, Wet’n’Wild and Hawaiian Falls. Kneupper is currently an Instructor Trainer for Ellis & Associates (E&A), is CPO certified, a Level 1 NAARSO Ride Inspector, an AIMS Level 1 Operator and was a licensed EMT in the State of Texas. He currently serves on the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Board of Directors, the E&A Advisory Board, ASTM F24 Committee, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Finance and IT Committee and was the past Chairman of the IAAPA Water Park Committee.