Our Leadership Team
We have a strong history of working with and hiring quality individuals with strong values. Here are some of our Corporate Officers and Department Heads Bios.
John Arie, Sr.
Owner-Chief Executive Officer
John Arie first started in the industry in 1969 and quickly realized he had a passion for the business and wanted to own and operate his own attraction. In 1975 John opened his first operation in Ocean City Maryland which featured two tracks in the heart of the tourist district. This was the start to a long and successful career as John used his creative spirit and drive to push the limits of the traditional track and park designs that were common at the time. John owned and operated several action parks through the years until he felt the challenge to really go HUGE and develop multi-level tracks. John’s designs were US Patented and they became a reality in June of 1998 when Fun Spot Action Park officially opened in Orlando Florida. After several years of success John opened the second location in Kissimmee Florida which featured just one SkyCoaster attraction but over the years he developed it to a 10 acre multiple ride and go kart track theme park. In 2013 John expanded the Orlando property from 5 acres to 15 acres and added Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster along with other thrill/ family rides and a new brand name emerged FUN SPOT AMERICA THEME PARKS. With 12 acres to still expand on, John is committed to making it HUGE-ER!!!
John Arie, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
The face of FUN SPOT! John is our media spokesperson as well as our Chief Operating Officer. John has played an active role in the go-kart amusement industry since he was a young man, and he has worked in every aspect of the family-owned business. John graduated high school in 1996 and with each stride in his career, he has remained educated with the current operational and management courses to keep him on the cutting edge of the industry, and prepare himself for his current position as second in command of this multi-level, multi-million dollar family-owned attraction.John has been voted and selected by the Orlando Business Journal as the “Top 40 under 40” for 2007, and he was voted as one of the “Top 10 Men to Watch” in 2009. John is also active in his community and serves as a sports coach at his local YMCA. However, John’s pride and joy in his life is his wife and best friend, Tracy and his children TJ and Alexis.
Chief Financial Officer
Lee Arie started working with his Uncle John Arie in 1985 as an arcade and water slide attendant at Fun ‘N Wheels in Orlando, FL and later at the original Fun Spot in Myrtle Beach, SC. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida, Lee assisted with the accounting for Fun Spot, Myrtle Beach. Soon after university, Lee moved to the Cayman Islands where he worked for GM International Sales in the roles of Caribbean Sales Manager and then Portfolio Manager for Central America and the Caribbean. After his time with GM, he opened Auto Alternative, a Vespa dealership in Cayman. Auto Alternative was purchased by Car City, a multi-franchise new car dealership where Lee work as the Sales Manager and then General Manager. Lee received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1996 from The University of Central Florida and received his MBA with a specialization in Finance from Northeastern University in 2012. At Fun Spot, Lee holds the role of CFO where he is responsible for the financial activities of Fun Spot America Orlando & Kissimmee.
Sara, with an extensive background in multi-company operations, joined us in 2009, and oversees the daily accounting, administrative, and human resources of our two multi-million dollar companies, including accounting, payroll, social media, IT requirements, property records, and insurance. Sara is also a devoted wife to Doug, mother of Lee and Michelle, and she spends as much time as she can with her granddaughter Faith.
Chief Marketing Officer
David Hummer started in the industry at John Arie’s Fun ‘N Wheels Amusement Park in 1988; when John Arie opened Fun Spot Action Park in 1997, David came on board as the General Manager. In 1999, David began consulting for Andretti Thrill Park restructuring the operations and training operators, staff and management. After which, he became Director of Operations for the Magical Midway from 2000-2004. From 2009-2012, David was the General Manager of Daytona Lagoon Waterpark, Boardwalk Amusements, and Speedway Park in Daytona Beach, Florida. David rejoined the Fun Spot management team in 2012 bringing a wealth of team management skills and professionalism. In 2013, David accepted yet another challenge as our Director of Marketing and in 2014 became our Chief Marketing Officer.
Chief Special Projects Officer
Bart is the backbone of this family-owned amusement park. Bart graduated in the top 98% of his class at International Technological Institute with a degree in Automotive Diesel Technology. Throughout the years, Bart continued his education by completing his certifications in welding, AC repair, electrical, OSHA, hydraulics, and many more. Bart has over 30-years’ experience in total maintenance operations and he has been an integral part to the construction and maintenance of our two amusement facilities, truly keeping to our motto SAFE – CLEAN – FUN! His extensive expertise in electrical and hydraulics made Bart the perfect candidate for our first operations in 1997, and he continued to outperform in his area of knowledge with the second location in 2004, creating a HUGE success with the construction of the two extreme multi-level go-kart tracks, Vortex and Chaos. Bart has been married to his high school sweetheart Lola Arie for over 30 years, and they have three beautiful daughters, Ivy, Audrey, and Ashley.
Director of Operations, Orlando
Andre brings a lot of enthusiasm to Fun Spot Attractions. He started in the industry at John Arie’s Fun ‘N Wheels Amusement Park in 1988; when John Arie opened Fun Spot Action Park in 1997, Andre came on board shortly thereafter. In 2006, Andre moved into the Track Department’s Sr. Lead position and again in 2008, Andre excelled into the role of Manager on Duty for Orlando’s Fun Spot Action Park. In 2013, as our park expanded from five-acres to 15-acres Andre accepted yet another challenge to become Fun Spot America’s, Director of Operations.
Director of Operations, Kissimmee
Jason began his career at Fun Spot Orlando during our construction phase in 1998. However, he ventured out and gained additional perspectives with Andretti Thrill Park and Magical Midway - only to return to Fun Spot where he has developed his management skills and advanced into his current position in Kissimmee as Director of Operations. Jason has experience in working or managing every aspect of the attraction park industry including the go-kart business, arcade, ride, food and beverage, and third-party vendors. We are proud of Jason’s accomplishments and his passion to manage and inspire our employees for a Safe – Clean – Fun Spot!
Director of Human Resources
Jennifer joined the team of Fun Spot Attractions as our Food and Arcade Manager in 1998. In 2006, Jennifer was promoted to Manager on Duty. Because of her passion for training and customer service, and in conjunction to earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Jennifer was promoted to her current position as Director of Human Resources for Fun Spot Attractions (Orlando & Kissimmee) in 2008. Jennifer sets the tone for every new Fun Spot employee and with training programs for current employees for Safe - Clean – Fun Spot Attractions Parks!
Manager of Maintenance, Orlando
Mark has been with John Arie for 27-years. Mark began in 1985 at Fun ‘n Wheels, and has worked in all aspects of the business. He supervises and oversees what we believe to be the BEST maintenance department in the family amusement park industry. The department is skilled and proficient in all the mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical requirements of the park’s operations. Mark is the face of our park’s equipment safety procedures and coordinates the bi-annual inspections with the Florida Department of Agriculture, Fair Rides Division.
Manager of Maintenance, Kissimmee
Bill has extensive knowledge in many various aspects of the construction and mechanical industry. He began his career with Fun Spot USA, located in Kissimmee, in February 2008. He supervises a staff of technicians who are highly skilled in all areas of the safety and operation of the park’s equipment, including mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and IT. Bill enjoys his job immensely and takes the facilities motto of SAFE-CLEAN-FUN to heart. His goal is to ensure each guest enjoys a safe and memorable trip to Fun Spot by ensuring every ride is operating at its safest and fullest capacity on a daily basis, with zero maintenance related incidents. Bill and his wife, Terri, met when she was 13, married 5 years later, and will be celebrating 38 years in 2013. Their biggest joy in life is their two beautiful daughters, Tracy, married to John, Jr. and Wendy, recently married to Buster (also a John) and two wonderful grandchildren, TJ and Alexis.
Terri has been an integral part of the Fun Spot America team prior to our grand opening in 1998. She has been the go-to girl for Fun Spot management and employees for many years as our Office Manager, Bookkeeper, Payroll Clerk, Human Resource Manager, and the all-around Girl Friday. In 2005, Terri was promoted to Fun Spot Orlando’s General Manager until 2008 when John Jr. took over the company business as Chief Operations Officer. Terri is now our Corporate Administrator and handles all of our insurance, corporate documents, legal affairs, IT, and corporate purchases and contracts.
Director of Design and Creativity
Patrick Tuten earned his BFA in Graphic Design in 1983 and started his design studio in 1989 in Longwood. He specialized in signage, environmental graphics, hand-painted artwork, murals, 3D images, logos and graphic design. After 25 years of providing art and graphics for the theme parks and local companies, Fun Spot among them, he took on the task of being the lead Creative for the expansion of the Orlando Fun Spot park. When that project was completed he came on board full time as the Creative Director of Fun Spot America Theme Parks, overseeing the signage, theming, marketing design and assisting with master planning and future development.
Chief Sales Officer
Jason Temple comes to Fun Spot America following a stellar career as VP of Sales and Marketing at Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction. As Vice President of Sales, Jason is in charge of all sales operations. Jason also directs the Fun Spot Hospitality Team, who liaise with all guest
services representatives, hotel concierges and front desk personnel, ticket brokers, time-share
representatives, and any other authorized ticket vendor.
Jason and the Hospitality Team provide brochures, marketing materials, and information about Fun Spot's two locations to everyone working in the field of hospitality and guest services.
Director of Food and Beverage
Michael Benner is the Director of Food and Beverage for Fun Spot America - Orlando, and Kissimmee Florida. He started his career in 1991 with the purchase of his first concession stand. From 1991 through 2007, he ran his own Food and Beverage business traveling to Fairs and Festivals across Pennsylvania. After 16-years running his own business, Mike decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved to the Sunshine State, where he was offered a vendor location in Fun Spot Kissimmee. In addition to operating Food and Beverage locations in the park, Mike was always looking for ways to expand and grow the Food and Beverage Department, and regularly contributed to Fun Spot in any way possible. In 2012, Mike was offered the position of Director of Food and Beverage, and was tasked with the expansion of the Food and Beverage Department of Fun Spot America, Orlando. Mike currently oversees the operations of both parks Food and Beverage with a focus on high quality Food and Beverage, quick service in a fun environment.