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Six Flags Magic Mountain’s new president is a familiar face for the park

By in Press Enterprise on January 4, 2018

By Sandra Barrera

Within days of Six Flags Magic Mountain operating daily for the first time, the park has named a new president.

Neal Thurman is now in charge of the Valencia amusement park, which also includes Hurricane Harbor.

In his last post, Thurman was president of Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, New Jersey, a position he held since August 2016. He succeeds Bonnie Sherman Weber, who has joined the Six Flags corporate team in Dallas as senior vice president of in-park services.

Neal Thurman takes over Six Flags Magic Mountain replacing Bonnie Sherman Weber. (Courtesy of Six Flags Magic Mountain)

“I am very excited about rejoining one of the leading theme park properties in the world,” Thurman said in a statement. “Having worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor previously, I look forward to ‘coming home’ and contributing to the park’s exciting future.”

Thurman served as director of park operations at Six Flags Magic Mountain for seven years until he was named the president of Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio in September 2014.

His history with the Six Flags organization goes back more than two decades.

Thurman began his career with the company in 1995. He worked in operations, human resources, guest relations and safety management at Six Flags Over Georgia and as operations manager and director of operations and administration at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

“Neal is one of the best and brightest minds in the theme park industry,” Thomas Iven, Six Flags senior vice president of U.S. park operations, said in a statement. “He is an outstanding leader, whose knowledge of park operations is unmatched. He is already very familiar with Magic Mountain — the employees, and the culture, so he is very well-situated to lead this park.”

Thurman comes to the park with a focus on improving guest services […]    

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