Typhoon Texas Earns Award for Safety, Leadership and Innovation by World Waterpark Association
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Nov. 6, 2017)—Typhoon Texas, which operates waterparks in
Pflugerville and Katy, Texas, was recently recognized with three of the waterpark industry’s most
prestigious national awards for excellence in safety, leadership and innovation by the World
“Typhoon Texas just completed it’s first summer season here in Pflugerville, and after a
successful year with great attendance, we couldn’t be more proud that Typhoon Texas was
awarded by the World Waterpark Association. We have already seen how Typhoon Texas
demonstrates safety, leadership and innovation in Pflugerville, so it is great to hear that the World
Waterpark Association recognizes it as well!” said Pflugerville Community Development
Corporation Executive Director Amy Madison.
The awards were presented Oct. 16-19 at the association’s annual symposium and trade show in
West Palm Beach, Florida.
“Congratulations to the outstanding Typhoon Texas team,” Madison said. “We are so proud to
have you here in Pflugerville where Central Texans can come with their families to make
memories every summer for many years to come!”
Typhoon Texas Director of Operations Vera Solis was presented the Kelly Ogle Safety Award for
her contributions to guest and employee safety. A 30-year veteran in water safety, Solis trains and
manages more than 250 lifeguards at Typhoon Texas, presenting the importance of scanning,
water rescue, customer service, CPR and first aid.
“Being recognized by the World Waterpark Association with any award is an honor, but it is the
greatest compliment to be recognized for excellence in safety,” said Typhoon Texas Austin
General Manager Ty Weitzel.
Typhoon Texas also received the association’s Executive Board Award for its innovative
approach to employee training and recognition. Operations Coordinator Sura Omar won the
Chris Stuart Emerging Leaders Scholarship presented to a non-managerial worker under age 35
with fewer than five years working in the water leisure industry. The scholarship allowed Omar,
considered a rising star in the industry, to attend the World Waterpark Association convention at
little or no cost.
“From Day One, we set out to create a clean, safe, family-friendly entertainment destination
based on a culture of excellence,” Typhoon Texas Katy General Manager Evan Barnett said. “It’s
certainly gratifying to be recognized for these efforts by the leaders in our industry.”
PCDC engaged Typhoon Texas to become the new operators of the Pflugerville waterpark, and a
contract was signed in January 2017. After investing millions to renovate the park and add new
attractions, significant shade, fresh food outlets, a stage for live music and a new retail store,
Typhoon Texas opened on time in May 2017 and enjoyed a successful first summer season.
Thousands of residents from Pflugerville and all over Central Texas came to enjoy the new
Season passes for Typhoon Texas’ 2018 season are now on sale TyphoonTexas.com. For the
latest updates, go to TyphoonTexas.com. Also follow Typhoon Texas at facebook.com/
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