Gina Claassen, ICAE

Corporate Safety Director
Herschend Family Entertainment


As Corporate Safety Director, Gina leads the day-to-day safety program across the Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE) portfolio. She works alongside HFE leadership to ensure consistent compliance across properties and departments. With a proactive approach, she has helped develop and implement long-term plans to enhance the company’s safety program.

Gina joined HFE in 1998 and began her career in the amusement industry working in the attractions division at Silver Dollar City. Since then, she has served in various roles at Herschend Family Entertainment, focusing on operations, safety and maintenance.

Soon after joining HFE, Gina became involved with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) through its Ambassador program. She served as Chair of IAAPA’s Exhibitor Awards Committee and currently serves on the IAAPA Global Education Committee, Program Planning Committee and as the Chair of the Facility Operations Committee. She is a member of ASTM F-24 and the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO). Gina speaks regularly at industry conferences and was previously featured in IAAPA’s Member Spotlight and Amusement Today’s Women of Influence.

In addition to being an IAAPA Certified Attractions Executive, Gina maintains industry certifications for maintenance, inspection and operations from Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International and NAARSO. She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelor degree in Entertainment Management.


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