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The Family Biz Show

Aug 11, 2021

Ep 39 - Coasters & COVID: The Ups & Downs of
Family Business 

Listen in as we talk to Seabreeze Amusement Park owners Rob Norris* & Genevieve Brown* about the challenges of managing a season-focused entertainment company throughout the duration of the pandemic (the 2nd one in their family history!) – and the new things they learned along the way. 

You’ll learn: 

  • How the Norris family successfully survived TWO pandemics; the 1918 flu pandemic & COVID-19. 
  • What their vision for success is when it comes to family and their employees. 
  • What advice the older 5th generation can give with hopes of successfully transferring the family business to the 6th generation. 

This Weeks Guests: 

Rob Norris* 

Rob has been the President of Seabreeze Amusement Park since 1986. Seabreeze Amusement Park is a family owned amusement park located in Irondequoit, a suburb of the City of Rochester, in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York. It opened in 1879 by the Long Family.  George Long Jr. bought the park from a railroad company in 1942 and it’s run as a family business under the Norris family. Seabreeze Amusement Park is known as the Finger Lakes Region's #1 Summer Family Fun Destination that includes a water park and sees thousands of visitors every season.  

Genevieve Brown* 

Genevieve is a member of the 6th Generation of Seabreeze Amusement Park, the twelfth-oldest operating amusement park in the world (fourth-oldest in the United States). She has worked at Seabreeze since she was a kid. Once she graduated college, she became a park manager. Genevieve is also an active member in IAAPA, NYSHTA, JA Rochester, and Rochester Chamber of Commerce (CLIMB Mentorship Program). 

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