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Academy of Achievement Gary Story

Gary Story

Inducted 2003

At the age of 16, Gary Story applied for a position as part of the rides crew at the new Six Flags theme park in Eureka, Missouri, and spent a few years sweeping pathways and emptying trashcans. A hard worker, he was promoted to management and held positions in what is now Six Flags Mexico; Sydney, Australia’s Luna Park; and Oklahoma City’s Frontier City. Today, 30 years after he started, he is President and Chief Operating Officer of Six Flags, Inc., the world’s largest theme and water park operator.


He is responsible for marketing, retail, food service, safety and security for 39 properties in 8 countries. He is Chairman-elect of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and involved nationally with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, and UNICEF. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he and his family are all avid theme park enthusiasts, purchasing general admission tickets just like the rest of us.