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SKYnext 2024

SKYnext returns this September! Through SKYnext, Skyline Attractions continues its efforts to support the next generation of amusement industry engineers, creatives, and managers. SKYnext offers exclusive presentations from industry professionals, behind-the-scenes tours, and networking opportunities with other passionate individuals.

SKYnext 2024 is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship and support of:


What: A two-day event with a collection of speakers, tours, and networking opportunities

When: Friday, September 13 – Saturday, September 14, 2024

Where: Orlando, Florida, USA at IAAPA World Headquarters
4155 W Taft Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32821

Who: A collection of young industry professionals from across the United States (and possibly beyond!)

Why: To support the next generation of amusement industry engineers, creatives, and managers, as well as find potential talent for the Skyline team

Cost: $90 per person (travel and lodging not included)

Questions? Email us at


SKYnext 2024 features a collection of esteemed speakers that represent companies and roles across the amusement industry!

Square - Dionte Henderson Universal Creative

Dionté Henderson - Senior Manager, Ride & Show Engineering at Universal Creative

Dionté Henderson, Senior Manager in Ride & Show Engineering at Universal Creative, boasts nearly a decade of experience in theme park and attraction engineering with Universal Creative. He led the design and commissioning of the Jurassic World VelociCoaster Ride System, managing fabrication across international locations and overseeing custom ride vehicle design and lighting systems. Dionté also played a critical role in the development of the Universal Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, including work on custom ride vehicle design, area development, and the park wide aquatic wave system. Dionté is currently working on the upcoming Universal Epic Universe.

Jerry Brick - Director of Construction and Maintenance at Palace Entertainment

Jerry Brick has over 30 years of experience in the amusement park industry, currently serving as the Director of Construction and Maintenance at Palace Entertainment. In this role, Jerry works on capital investment projects across the company’s portfolio of 24 locations, including the historic Kennywood amusement park. Prior to his current position, Jerry held several key roles at Lake Compounce Amusement Park, including General Manager and Director of Park Operations. His extensive background also includes management positions at Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe, Marriott International, and Six Flags Darien Lake.

Square - Jerry Brick Palace
Square - Anya Tyler CAVU Designwerks

Anya Tyler - Project Manager at CAVU Designwerks

Anya Tyler brings over a decade of experience in the amusement park industry. Currently serving as a Project Manager at CAVU Designwerks, Anya oversees the development of innovative theme park attractions, leveraging her expertise in mechanical design engineering and project management. Prior to her current role, Anya served as Lead Mechanical Design Engineer at Skyline Attractions and Design Engineer at Great Coasters International, Inc., where she played a critical role in the creation of prototype rides and the engineering of wooden coasters, including Texas Stingray at SeaWorld San Antonio and Mystic Timbers at Kings Island.

Allen and Anna Messick - Project Manager/Superintendent and Mechanical Installer at Northwest Coasters

Allen and Anna Messick, a dynamic husband-and-wife team, represent Northwest Coasters (NWC), a family business specializing in ride erection. NWC has installed notable roller coasters like Dr. Diabolical Cliffhanger and Wonder Woman: Golden Lasso at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Skyline Attractions’ own KID FLASH Cosmic Coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia. Allen brings extensive experience from residential and commercial construction, where he led a civil engineering company’s concrete division before joining NWC as Project Manager/Superintendent. Anna joined NWC in 2018 and plays a critical role in project execution, including ride system integration as a Mechanical Installer.

Square - Allen and Anna Messick Northwest Coasters
Square - Michael Shelton IAAPA

Michael Shelton - Vice President and Executive Director at IAAPA North America

Currently Michael is the VP and Executive Director of IAAPA North America which is the largest trade
organization for the global attractions industry. Michael oversees the North America region and works
with his team to develop educational programming, connection events, safety resources and
membership connections for over 4800 member organizations. He also oversees the largest trade show
for the global attractions industry (IAAPA Expo) which hosts over 40,000 attendees and 1100 exhibitors
annually in Orlando.


Due to a limited number of spots available, an application process is in place. Applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, July 19. All applicants will be notified of their status by Monday, July 29. Online payment for all accepted applicants will be due no later than Monday, August 19.

If you’re interested in attending SKYnext 2024, please complete an application!


The event registration fee of $90 per attendee partially covers the event’s expenses (including airfare and hotels for out-of-state speakers, meals for all attendees, event space reservation, and engaging evening activities). However, SKYnext remains a significant investment for Skyline Attractions and it is only with sponsorships from other amusement industry companies that we can continue to host the event. Sponsorships can take various forms and mutually benefit your company and Skyline Attractions, as your company receives prominent recognition and recruitment opportunities throughout the event.

If you’re interested in more information about sponsoring SKYnext and working alongside Skyline Attractions to shape the future of the theme park industry, contact us today!