Kari Tjader began in the industry as a lifeguard in 2005 where she worked for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee, Illinois, and moved up the ranks into a training supervisor. In 2008, she was hired as the Corporate Training Manager for CoCo Key Water Resorts, where she helped develop standard operating procedures, assisted with planning and facilitating hiring events and five grand openings and provided assistance in many management positions. From there, she went on to become Director of Water Resort Operations for CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort in Orlando, Florida, where she was responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, staffing and managing day-to-day operations. Tjader became an Instructor-Trainer for Ellis & Associates and has been certified as a Jeff Ellis Swimming Program Coordinator and current CPO, ServSafe Food Safety Manager Instructor and Proctor, Tips Trainer and CARE Instructor. In 2014, Tjader left CoCo Key to become a Training Manager for Safety Skills Training in Dubai, UAE. She returned to the U.S. in 2016 to oversee four food and beverage outlets, a resort retail store and the waterpark operation as the Director of Operations-Water Resort Food & Beverage for CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort. In 2017, she moved from operations to a new position at Liftopia, the industry’s first dynamic pricing and e-commerce software provider focusing on bringing their Cloud Store platform to waterparks and attractions. Tjader serves as chair of WWA’s Waterpark Resort Committee.