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Tom started his theme park career as a sweeper and eventually turned Ocean Park around with 11 record-breaking years of attendance & revenue
Tom Mehrmann was the Chief Executive of Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong’s marine life and animal theme park, which hosts more than seven million visitors annually from 2004 to 2016. Founded in 1977, Ocean Park is a not-for-profit statutory body.
Mr. Mehrmann started his career in the theme park industry in 1977 at Knott’s Berry Farm in the United States as a sweeper, cleaning the Park grounds. From there, he spent the next 21 years progressively working through various management and leadership roles, eventually becoming Vice President of Park Operations and Entertainment in 1996.
In 1998, he joined Six Flags Marine World as Vice President and General Manager, and later accepted an appointment as VP and GM of Warner Brothers Movie World in Madrid, Spain, when the park was taken over by Six Flags in 2000. He was responsible for the design, development, construction and operation of Madrid Movie World, which opened in April 2002.
After joining Ocean Park in 2004, he directed the activities of the Park to achieve eleven record breaking years of attendance or revenue and surplus, while leading the effort of defining the HK$5.55 billion Master Redevelopment Plan (MRP) for the future Ocean Park. The 6 year MRP broke ground in late 2006 and was completed in July 2012 on time, on budget and with exceptional quality. The MRP successfully transformed Hong Kong’s People’s Park into a leading world-class family travel destination. The previously launched new themed areas also helped Ocean Park attract a record high of 7.8 million guests for the calendar year ended 31 December 2014.
Highlighting the growth and evolution of Ocean Park under Mr. Mehrmann’ s direction, the Park became the first Asia recipient of the prestigious “Applause Award” in November 2012, the most significant recognition within the global attractions industry recognizing a theme park for its foresight, originality and sound business development. The industry authorities, Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM, in the 2013 TEA/AECOM Global Attractions Attendance Report, ranked Ocean Park Hong Kong as the world’s number 12, Asia Pacific’s number four, and China’s number one, theme park in terms of annual attendance.
In 2008/2009, Mr. Mehrmann was named the “CEO of The Year” in the Asia Pacific Customer Relationship Excellence Award. In 2007, Mr. Mehrmann was presented with the Executive Award of the DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards 2007. He was also named Director of the Year by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors in 2006. Additionally, in 2016, Mr. Mehrmann was awarded one of the highest honors in Hong Kong with the presentation of the Bronze Bauhinia Star to recognize his dedication to public service and significant contributions to Hong Kong.
In 2016, Mr. Mehrmann left Ocean Park at the conclusion of his contract and formed a partnership with Dr. Allan Zeman in Lan Kwai Fong Attractions, a business formed to provide advisory services for themed attraction development, throughout the world, but with specific focus on China and South East Asia, where Lan Kwai Fong is an established and reputable brand of quality lifestyle offerings. Mr. Mehrmann also remains in an advisory capacity with Ocean Park to support strategic planning, business planning, capital programming and organizational structure development.
Mr. Mehrmann also devotes efforts to the community and to promoting tourism development in Hong Kong by serving in the following positions under the organizations below:
- Committee Member of the Travel/Tourism Committee of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
- Member of the HKSAR Public Affairs Forum
- Member of the Hong Kong Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong
- Member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA):
§ Foundation Committee
§ Asia Pacific Advisory – Education Sub-Committee
§ Board Committee – Governance
- Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Vetting Panel for commercial placement of business operators for food and retail
- Sitting on the Advisory Boards for:
§ The Producers Group
A graduate of the California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Mehrmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He also completed the Advanced Courses organized by IAAPA in Theme Park Management at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
All volunteer hours must be completed during 1 Feb 2017 to 20 Jun 2017.
Dinner will be held on 27 Jun 2017. Cost of dinner will be HK$300 per person.
2/2 redeemable seats for Hands-On x Time Auction serve-a-thon campaign.
Dinner with Tom at Ocean Park
Started his career as a sweeper to eventually leading Hong Kong's iconic success story and turning Ocean Park around, join Tom for dinner and hear the backstories on how it all came about. Dinner will be held on 27 June 2017 at the Neptune Restaurant at Ocean Park.