Ron Sutula

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

General Manager

Ron Sutula has more than 39 years of management experience in the waterpark and theme park entertain- ment industry. He has directed the opening of six successful parks, including two Wet ‘n Wild waterparks and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island. Sutula began his career at Marriott’s Great America Theme Park in Illinois. He rose through the ranks to become Director of Park Operation at Marriott’s Playland Park in New York State. He joined the Funtime Inc. organization in the early 1980s, working at Darien Lake and Wyandot Lake theme parks as Operations Director. In 1985, he embarked on a 12-year stint as Vice President of Operations at Wet ‘n Wild, Orlando, Fla. When Wet ‘n Wild expanded to Brazil, Sutula opened the park and served as Vice President and General Manager for the first two years in Sao Paulo. He returned to the United States to manage the construction and operation of Wet ‘n Wild in Broward County, Fla. As part of the Ogden Entertainment Parks Group, he also formulated standards, policies and procedures for 13 Ogden properties located in the United States, Brazil and Mexico. Sutula served as Director of Resort Operations for Universal Studios in Orlando for five years, where he was responsible for the overall operation of the 840-acre facility and the supervision of more than 1,200 employees. He joined the Schlitterbahn family in 2005 as General Manager to oversee all operations of the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, which has received the Golden Ticket award as the world’s best indoor waterpark for the past seven years. He is responsible for development, direction and management of the waterpark. Sutula served on the Board of Directors for the World Waterpark Association for eight years, and received the Executive Board Award in 2008 and is a WWA Hall of Fame member.