CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Ed originally founded Ride Entertainment Systems nearly 20 years ago. It was primarily a sales-based company that grew to become one of the world’s largest sales companies in the entertainment industry. This company was the start of Ride Entertainment, which now encompasses companies that handle not only sales, but leasing and financing, installation, branding, and operations. Ride Entertainment stands out as unique in the entertainment industry because it is the only place that offers expertise in every facet of the industry sectors. While many of the companies under the Ride Entertainment umbrella have been grown organically in-house, Ed has also overseen the acquisition of innovative companies like Skycoaster®.
With over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Ed has been involved with many of the largest entertainment projects in the world and has overseen the sale and installation of over $300 million in new attractions of all types and sizes to amusement parks, zoos, and other recreational facilities worldwide. In building this group of companies, Ed has taken the most pleasure in the team he has assembled that has been instrumental in the company’s growth and the fun that everyone in the company has on a daily basis.
CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Adam Sandy has been a part of the team since 2004. He oversees all of the company’s Sales and Financial Partnership Divisions, and contracts for the Installation Division. In addition, he runs the marketing and social media programs for the company as a whole and assists the individual properties in the Operations Division.
During his tenure, Adam has been involved with over $100 million in sales and revenue share projects for Ride Entertainment. Working with groups like Six Flags, Herschend Family Entertainment, Landry’s Restaurants, as well as family-owned properties, he has sold and run projects throughout the world. Adam was responsible for multi-million dollar projects like Dollywood’s famed “FireChaser Express” and the roll-out of Six Flags’ 9 SkyScreamer towers across North America.
Ever since he was young Adam has had a lifetime passion for amusement parks. Growing up, amusement parks and roller coasters were his passion. As a child of the pre-internet era, he enjoyed poring over pictures of coasters and rides in free time. He attended DePauw University earning a Bachelor of Arts, where he majored in American History and minored in German. After college, his first job out of school was as a Sales Associate for Amusement Business, the amusement industry’s newsweekly. During that time he worked with author Tim O’Brien and helped him edit and research his book The Amusement Park Guide: 5th Edition. Three years later he started at Ride Entertainment, selling for several of the company’s key clients and since then has been involved in every different aspect of the company’s projects.
Adam currently lives in downtown Baltimore with his family. He has previously served on IAAPA’s “Hall of Fame” Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the B&O Railroad Museum and the National Roller Coaster Museum.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ami Abramson has been with Ride Entertainment Group since January 2011. Ami (pronounced like Tommy but without the “T”) brings significant financial expertise to the team, having been involved in the start-up of dozens of companies as well as the financial restructuring of many others.
Prior to Ride, he worked at Creative Kingdoms, LLC as Chief Financial Officer (2009-2010) and HSK Funding, Inc. (2005-2009) as Chief Investment Officer. While at HSK, Ami led the acquisition and financial restructuring of S&S Worldwide, Inc. He served as the senior financial consultant to S&S on behalf of the investment group.
Before HSK, Ami was Assistant Vice President in Technology Investment Banking at Friedman Billings Ramsey in Washington, DC where he participated in dozens of capital transactions, including Initial Public Offerings, Private Placements and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Ami has rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, earned his M.A. in Education from the Davidson School of Education, and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University.
MANAGING DIRECTOR: INSTALLATIONS
William “Bill” Wright has been involved in the amusement industry since 1975. His first park job was at Six Flags Great Adventure in the mechanical maintenance division. Starting as a mechanic, he was quickly put on the park’s internal installation team. During that time he represented Six Flags Great Adventure as the park’s representative, as his team worked hand-in-hand with ride manufacturers to install, and later troubleshoot, their installations. Throughout his tenure at the park Bill was involved in field analyzing and prototyping many different ride systems.
He also has worked on other large construction projects outside of the amusement industry. While working for one of the largest steel fab and erection companies in Nevada, Bill oversaw major projects on almost every hotel in Las Vegas. He also worked on specialty projects at places like Nuclear Power Plants, Gas Co-Generating plants and Container Cranes in the Ports of New York, Newark and Elizabeth.
In the amusement industry, Bill represented TOGO, installing the majority of their U.S. roller coasters, including their largest at the New York, New York Casino. He also worked for Premier Rides where he oversaw vehicle construction and roller coaster installation. He has been with Ride Entertainment since 2006 and has installed projects across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As one of the industry’s foremost experts on ride installation and trouble-shooting he is a resource for parks and operators around the world. While at Ride Entertainment Bill has worked on over 40 of the amusement industry’s most complex installations, such as:
MANAGING DIRECTOR: OPERATIONS
David Galst has been with the Ride Entertainment team since 2012. Over the past 10 years, if an amusement park has been designed and developed in New York City, David has had something to do with it. After being part of the corporate engineering team of Six Flags Theme Parks and working with Premier Rides as a parts and service engineer, David returned to his hometown of New York City to join Central Amusement International, the amusement park operations division of Zamperla, Inc.
In New York City, David quickly rose up to become General Manager of Victorian Gardens Amusement Park (CAI’s flagship park in New York City’s Central Park), a position he held from 2006-2010. In 2009, David wrote the winning proposal for Zamperla to design, develop, and operate amusement parks and concessions along the beachfront of Coney Island. This proposal was chosen by the New York City Economic Development Corporation as the winning offer. The next year David was named the Director of Operations for CAI’s Coney Island properties, where he oversaw all operational aspects of Luna Park, Scream Zone, and the Cyclone Roller Coaster.
In 2012, David left CAI to become the Managing Director of the Operations Division, the amusement ride and park operations division of Ride Entertainment. Under his leadership, ROG took over the operation of the Forest Park Carousel and the Flushing Meadows Carousel. In 2013, David managed ROG’s development of the land surrounding the Flushing Meadows Carousel, adding additional rides, classic amusement park games, and an event/birthday party area. With this expansion to become Queens’ only amusement park, the site was renamed Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel. Also in 2013, ROG expanded its operations by opening the Charm City Carousel (in Baltimore, MD) and the Greenway Carousel (in Boston, MA).
Currently, David resides in Manhattan where he oversees the management of each ROG amusement site and looks for further operations expansion opportunities. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in mechanical engineering and materials science. He lives with his wife Sarah, loves playing baseball and golf, and is an avid fan (and owner) of the Green Bay Packers.
MANAGING DIRECTOR: SKYCOASTER® & BRANDED ATTRACTIONS
Mark Rosenzweig is a seasoned veteran in the attractions industry who has been with the Ride Entertainment team since 2007. He got his start as an Operations Lead at Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, MI for the 1998 season after graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta the previous spring. In March of 1999, Rosenzweig assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Manager for Zamperla, Inc., where he would lead sales and marketing initiatives to hundreds of prospective clients across North America for the Italian-based amusement ride manufacturer. In early 2007, Mark joined the Ride Entertainment Group’s team of industry professionals.
During his tenure with the Maryland-based multi-faceted company, he has managed new ride sales for several of Ride Entertainment’s manufacturer clients and managed the firm’s revenue share and leasing division. In the fall of 2013, Rosenzweig was appointed to the position of Managing Director for Skycoaster® and Branded Attractions for Ride Entertainment.
Under this role he heads up sales, service, and operations certifications for the more than 80 Skycoaster® sites worldwide while continuing to manage Ride Entertainment’s key branding alliances for use on potential branded rides and attractions ranging from Hot Wheels™ to Thomas and Friends™ , and many more. When not enjoying the thrills of a career in the Attractions Industry, Mark enjoys down time with his family, cooking at home, and exploring his home city of Baltimore, MD.
Jessica Aponte has been with the Ride Entertainment team since April 2013. Due to her impressive accounting knowledge she has quickly risen to the position of corporate controller. Jessica works very closely with the individual properties in Ride Entertainment’s Operations Divison. In addition to her work as controller, she heads up all group, birthday and event sales for all Operations sites. Under her supervision, each of our sites continues to shatter sale records annually.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Jessica is a proud New Yorker who works in out of the Brooklyn Operations office. Jessica has a BA from Brooklyn College and is working to become a CPA.