The Team


J.R. (Bob) Minick                                                            Chairman Emeritus 

Founder of Minick Associates, Bob was 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                                                                                                           Owner

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.

Hardy Haberman                                                                       Creative Consultant

Since his first walk down the State Fair Midway in 1954, Hardy has had a lifelong affinity for the amusement industry.  His work with Paul Osborne & Associates in the 1970’s brought new innovations to show production in the theme park business, and his consultancy with Minick Associates dates from that time.  Since then he honed his skills as a writer and filmmaker as well as a Marketing Specialist with Fortune 500 companies. 

(His documentary film, “The Big Fair, Inside the Great State Fair of Texas” is distributed by International Film Network and is available on Amazon.)

His skills at presentations and intuition into human behavior give him a unique insight into the business of fun. 

Lottie Minick                                                                                              Owner 

Lottie began her career in the amusement park industry at Six Flags Over Texas where by sheer luck she was chosen for the new games section designed and managed  by her future husband       J.R. “Bob” Minick.  A year later they married and she followed him all over the world while he designed and managed many parks.  In 1983 he opened Minick Associates based in Dallas, Texas in the offices of William L. Cobb the Grand Old Man of wooden roller coasters.

Rich Poling joined Minick Associates and now his creative designs and management skills now spearhead the company.

Since the late 1970’s Hardy Haberman collaboration with Bob Minick in the management of parks and attractions rounds out the team along with others we’ve worked with for years.

I am so proud we are continuing the intregity of J.R “Bob” Minick, who brought wonderful memories to millions of people all over the world.


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