Who They Are
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts has eleven company officers and six board members.
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts sets high ethical standards for the company and its directors, officers, and employees.
John was appointed a Director of the company in June 2017, and elected Chairman of the Board in September 2019. John was named Chief Executive Officer in June 2017 after serving as President since September 2016. He previously served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and held other leadership positions in the Entertainment division, including Director of Food & Beverage and Assistant General Manager of Hersheypark® amusement park. Prior to joining the company, John worked with clients at Yankee Stadium, FedEx Field, and the Men's US Open Championships, as well as at other sporting venues and premier hospitality events throughout the country. John is a member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. He serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and Penn State Harrisburg Board of Advisers.
Leslie was named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in February 2017 having previously served as Vice President of Marketing & Analytics, Managing Director of Marketing, and Director of Entertainment Marketing for the company. Prior to joining the company in 2014, Leslie spent 15 years in the Consumer Goods Industry working for PepsiCo in various leadership roles, including Marketing, Director of Sales, and General Manager of Operations for the Pennsylvania Market.
Garrett was named Vice President of Communications & Corporate Relations in February 2012, having previously served as Associate Vice President of Public Affairs, Associate General Counsel, Director of Corporate Relations, and Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the company, Garrett was a Deputy Attorney General for Pennsylvania and represented the Commonwealth in a number of prominent antitrust cases.
Jarad was named Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary in January 2022. Prior to joining the company, Jarad was the Managing Shareholder of the Harrisburg office of Elliott Greenleaf law firm for seven years. Previously, Jarad served in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel for four years, having led the Office in various key leadership roles and concluding his public service as the General Counsel of the Commonwealth in 2015. Jarad was admitted to the practice of law in 1998. He has been a member of both of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Procedural Rules Committees, having assisted the Supreme Court in its rule-making function since his appointment by the Honorable Thomas G. Saylor in 2013.
Jason was named Vice President, Resort Operations in July 2023, previously serving as General Manager, Hershey Lodge. Jason joined the company in 2011 as Director of Resort Sales, later serving as Managing Director, Resorts Sales and Revenue Management. Prior to joining the organization, Jason worked at a number of properties throughout the southeast, including Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Westin Resort Hilton Head Island and the Sea Pines Resort.
Andy was named Vice President, Human Resources in January 2014. Andy began his career with the company in 1984 at Hersheypark and held various positions in the Foods Department at the Park over the next eight years. In 1992, he began his management career as Food Service Personnel Coordinator. Throughout his more than 20-year career with the company, Andy has held a variety of positions, including Manager Compensation/HRIS and Assistant General Manager of the Entertainment Complex. Prior to his current role, Andy served as Managing Director of Human Resources.
Vikki was named Vice President, Hersheypark and Entertainment Operations in July 2023, previously serving as General Manager, Attractions & Entertainment. Throughout her career at HE&R, Vikki held numerous leadership positions within the Entertainment division, including Managing Director, GIANT Center and Assistant General Manager, Facility Operations. Before joining the organization in 2001, Vikki worked at the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, Pittsburgh Hockey Associates/Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Stingers/Pittsburgh Phantoms/C.I.S.L. and R.H.I.
Greg was named Vice President, Information Technology in October 2019, having previously served as Managing Director, Information Technology. Greg joined the company in 2000 and has held various roles within the Information Technology department. Greg is a member of the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and is also active in industry organizations.
Wendy was named Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer in February 2022. Wendy began her career with the company in 2000 and has held various positions within the corporate finance department, including Manager of Business Analysis and Internal Audit, Director of Insurance, Assistant Corporate Controller, Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, and most recently Vice President, Finance and Treasurer. Prior to joining the company, Wendy worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and BISYS Insurance Services.
Jennifer was named Assistant Secretary of the company in 2008. Jennifer began her career in the company’s Legal Department in 2002 and has held various positions including Staff Attorney and Corporate Compliance Coordinator and Associate Counsel and Compliance Manager. Currently, she serves as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Jennifer was admitted to practice law in 2003.
Becky was named an officer of the company in 2008. Becky joined the company in 1999 and has held various roles within the finance department including Managing Director, Finance at the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex, and Manager of Business Analysis and Internal Audit. Prior to joining the company, Becky worked at The Hershey Company and PricewaterhouseCoopers. A Certified Public Accountant, Becky serves on the boards of the HE&R Employee Support Fund and United Way of Lebanon County.