Every so often, we like to take the time to highlight a member of the Ride Entertainment family. Recently, we sat down with Leah Peterkin, Director of Operations for our Parks and Attractions division, to learn more about her and what she enjoys most about the attractions industry.
RE: How did you find Ride Entertainment?
LP: I actually found Ride Entertainment through my sister, who had said her experience was that it was a lot of fun to work here. I was used to working with kids, so I thought to myself, “I could do this.” That was back in June of 2016 and I’m still here today!
RE: Tell us a bit about what you do at the SeaGlass Carousel.
LP: Goodness, a whole lot! I help staff, operate and sell tickets for the carousel.
RE: What was something you didn’t know about the attractions industry when you first started?
LP: I didn’t realize just how expensive everything is in the industry, like parts and other maintenance items. There is so much that goes into making it all work and most importantly, work safely. It was really eye opening.
I also learned pretty quickly how engaging it was working in management with all the front-line workers. That’s the sort of challenge I just love compared to every other job I’ve had.
RE: This past November, had the opportunity to attend IAAPA in Orlando – what did you think?
LP: I absolutely loved visiting IAAPA and AIMS. They were both real eye openers with all the classes and what goes into the attractions industry. I got to meet so many different people from around the country and the world. It was a ton of hard work, but I came away from both events with a ton of great ideas and learned so much.
RE: What’s your favorite ride?
LP: I will never forget my first ride on a Funtime StarFlyer. It was down in Galveston, Texas on the pier and the weather was really misty. The way it is positioned on the edge, made it super scary but also really thrilling! I cannot wait to ride it again!
RE: What’s the best part about working here?
LP: Being able to meet so many different people here at the SeaGlass Carousel. It’s just so unique, especially at night. Plus, it’s the best value attraction in all of NYC! Plus, it’s been an incredible learning experience, being in the attractions industry. You’re really never too old to learn something new.
RE: Anything else you’d like to add?
LP: It’s cliché, but I really love what I do. When I get to go home every night to my 11-year-old son and know that I’m doing it all for him, it makes it absolutely worth it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.