Premier Parks, LLC Positioned for Growth with Addition of Two Former Six Flags Senior Executives, Les Hudson & Tom Iven
New York, NY (August 31, 2021) – Premier Parks, LLC, headed by former Six Flags Chairman and CEO Kieran Burke, today announced the addition of industry veterans Les Hudson and Tom Iven to the entertainment company’s executive team. Les Hudson joins the company as Executive Vice President Design and Planning. Tom Iven joins as Executive Vice President Business Development. The newly created positions support Premier Parks’ current portfolio of owned and managed properties and add leadership for future growth and expansion.
“It was my privilege and pleasure to work with both Les and Tom earlier in our careers,” said Premier Parks President and CEO, Kieran Burke. “Today, I could not be more thrilled to welcome them to our Premier Parks team. With the addition of their experience and expertise, Premier Parks will be able to accelerate our expansion and presence in themed entertainment, lodging and hospitality. Les Hudson joins Premier Parks with three decades of design and planning experience. In his career with Six Flags, Hudson led design and planning for new, transformed, and existing theme parks, water parks and lodging resorts. He has overseen design and development of theme parks and water parks, hundreds of rides, slides and attractions, including more than 150 roller coasters, as well as planned parks in China, Dubai, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. As EVP Design and Planning, Hudson will oversee new capital investment, design and theming for existing and acquired parks, and new product development.
Tom Iven began his career in the amusement industry as a seasonal grounds keeper at Six Flags St. Louis. In the past four decades, Iven has worked in multiple operating roles, leading his teams to record-setting achievements. As Six Flags’ Senior Vice President of Operations 2006-2020, he helped drive the company’s growth to rank as the top performing regional theme park company in the world. In his new role as EVP Business Development for Premier Parks, Iven will lead the company’s expansion efforts, including spearheading new developments, acquisitions, and property management agreements.
Hudson and Iven round out a seasoned executive team led by Chief Executive Officer Kieran Burke, Chief Operating Officer Hue Eichelberger, and Chief Marketing Officer Traci Blanks, all former Six Flags executives. Collectively, Premier Parks’ management team has launched and developed more new rides, parks, and attractions than any other team in the themed entertainment industry. The company’s current portfolio of thirteen diverse properties includes Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier; City Museum in St. Louis; Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park