J.R. (Bob) Minick President – CEO
Founder of Minick Associates, Bob has been involved in the amusement industry since a high school student working as a ride operator at Disneyland. Spent over 20 years working in operational park management at such facilities as Six Flags, Legend City, Pirates World, Magic Mountain, & Great Adventure as well as several other amusement venues, rising to the positions VP of Operations and General Manager. Minick also spent several years with Randall Duell & Associates, Leisure Systems, and Leisure Concepts before establishing Minick Associates to provide planning and design services to the entertainment industry. Minick Associates has enjoyed a history of more than thirty-five years providing planning design and management services for all type and scales of amusement operations including Disney Development, Universal Studios, Six Flags, The State Fair of Texas, Sea World, Sega’s Time-Out, Circus-Circus Casino, Magic Landing, Magic Land, Namco, Resort Parks International, 1984 Seville Word’s Fair, Billy Bob’s Texas, Forge in the Forest, & General Store, Belle Island Village, Whimsy Entertainment, and Zygofolis International – just to name a few.
Rich Poling VP -Director of Design & Operations
Rich has been involved in the amusement industry for over twenty two years working as the director of design for Minick Associates producing conceptual designs, renderings, graphics as well as design development drawings for hundreds of projects. Poling also provided amusement management services including set up, training and ongoing operational management for a number of projects including Whimsy in Hong Kong, Magic Land in Singapore, and Formosa Wonderland in Taiwan. Rich has also provided design, illustrations and other creative services in Sports Facility, Hospitality/Resort, Retail and Restaurant design for such well known architectural firms as BOKA Powell, RTKL, HKS, Womack Hampton Architects, Hodges Associates and Ascension Group Architects.
James C. (Jim) Palmer VP
Jim has been in the Amusement Industry for over 40 years, first with Arrow Development, creator of many of the best known amusement rides, before becoming a Partner and President of Bradley & Kaye, another well respected designer and manufacturer of amusement rides. Jim rejoined Arrow- Huss (formerly Arrow Development) as engineering manager and sales engineer for the 1984 Worlds Fair. Several years later, Arrow became Arrow Dynamics and Jim remained as Marketing Director and traveling the world selling Arrow’s rides. Jim later formed the James C. Palmer Company a marketing, sales and consulting firm representing Arrow, Huss Manufacturing, and Special Effects Studio, as well as ride companies Showscan and Morgan Manufacturing. Jim soon partnered with Peter Zwickau, former President of Huss Mfg. to create International Rides Management, a consulting firm specializing in assisting park owners, designers and architects in the acquisition and installation of amusement rides, as well as an international brokerage firm specializing in pre-owned rides and amusement equipment. Jim was asked to take a key management role of Maintenance & Operations at Bonfante Gardens Amusement Park prior to its acquisition by Cedar Fair. Since then Jim has continued to provide consulting services with Zwickau, while also working with Minick to create several Tourist Attractions and Amusement Parks.
Victor A. Donovan VP
Vic began his career in the amusement industry working at Six Flags over Texas as a seasonal performer in the entertainment department while in college but soon moved into SF marketing department. Vic left to become director of Publicity and Public Relations at Great Adventure, the giant theme park and safari park in New Jersey which had seen a disastrous first season and was being re-organized and becoming a huge success in it’s second year. Vic moved to Riverside Park in Massachusetts with increased Marketing responsibilities. He moved to California to become Director of Marketing for the Long Beach Tour and Travel Division as part of the team creating the LB Civic Center for the Performing Arts. Vic later became the VP&General Manager of Huntsville Station, a rail road themed park built in Alabama. Vic was recruited to join Perini Development, one of the country’s premier real estate development firms, handling leasing and property management for a large complex of commercial real estate properties. During the past ten years Vic has worked in commercial real estate in Las Vegas serving as Broker of Record, Director of Property Management, Senior Managing Partner, Executive Managing Director and other positions for several real estate companies including: PM Reality Group, Colliers Nevada, Collins International and NAI Las Vegas, as well as operating as an Independent Real Estate Consultant.