Marriott Alumni Magazine

Fall 2014

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Alumni News Management Society Management Society Hosts Latin America Leadership Conference The BYU Management Society strengthened leaders in Latin America with a regional conference in Santiago, Chile, last May. Chapter members from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Panama attended the event, which focused on ethical leadership. “By addressing local issues and exchanging ideas during the conference, the attendees became very excited about the solutions working for other chapters,” says Cynthia Halliday, event organizer and managing director at BYU’s Whitmore Global Management Center. “At the end of the day, they left very committed to going back to their countries and implementing the ideas to strengthen their chapters. Their enthusiasm was inspiring.” During the day session, attendees and organizers discussed membership, networking, and other challenges to strengthening their chapters. “Every country has challenges but each also has its own leadership stars that rise to maintain their principles,” Halliday says. “The event helped members appreciate that they can always act ethically.” During the evening the BYU Management Society hosted a public panel discussion about regional challenges pertaining to ethical leadership. The panel consisted of the CEO of a start-up company in Chile, the governor of Santiago, the dean of a business college in Chile, and a representative from the Self-Reliance Center of the LDS Church. Attendees left the discussion with ideas for integrating ethical behaviors into their organizations. “This conference definitely demonstrated that our international chapters are growing in numbers and in strength,” says Rixa Oman, Management Society executive director. “These great chapter leaders are doing so much to be examples of moral and ethical leadership, as well as support the mission of the society and help individuals grow professionally.” The BYU Management Society links together managers, executives, lawyers, Making Waves in Family Fun Fifty-six years and 1.3 million birthday parties may seem impossible, but it sums up John Huish’s career. He’s had a hand in facilitating cake-and-candle celebrations across five states and has provided jobs for more than one hundred thousand people. Huish is the president of Huish Family Fun Centers, a company he started with his twin brother, Jim, in 1958. The company got its start when three energetic BYU students sat in a Provo basement tossing around ideas for something to do. When the idea of starting a miniature golf course came up, the Huish brothers jumped on the idea. The resulting putting green—situated around the corner from campus—was a social hotspot. The two ran the course until they graduated in 1960—Huish in business management and Jim in industrial education. With this powerful combo of expertise, they moved operations to San Diego, where Huish and his wife, Kathy, still live. As the company’s family fun centers expanded across the West, the brothers added batting cages, go-karts, and bumper boats in addition to miniature golf. After Jim passed away in 1984, John continued to head up the business. Last year the two brothers were given hall-of-fame status by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). This makes them the second set of brothers to be inducted together by IAAPA, the first being Roy and Walt Disney, whom Huish excitedly refers to as “pretty good company.” The Huish business still runs in the family: three of Huish’s ten children are currently involved. Huish is now facilitating birthday parties at Cowabunga Bay, the company’s first water park, in Draper, Utah. Its second debuted in Henderson, Nevada, this past summer. Complete with lazy rivers and wave pools, it’s just Huish’s latest way of making a splash. Photo credit: IAAPA

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