Fran­chot hon­ors Ride En­ter­tain­ment for in­no­va­tion

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — What started as a small busi­ness of two people in 1998 has turned into an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized thrill com­pany with more than 150 em­ploy­ees. On Mon­day, July 17, Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot rec­og­nized Ride En­ter­tain­ment Sys­tems, head­quar­tered at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Busi­ness Park in Stevensville, with the 2017 Bright Lights Award for In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship award.

The award from the comptroller’s of­fice rec­og­nizes busi­nesses and non­prof­its that fos­ter in­no­va­tion in their fields and strengthen Mary­land’s econ­omy by cre­at­ing jobs and tax rev­enue. One com­pany or non­profit from each of Mary­land’s 23 coun­ties plus Bal­ti­more City were hon­ored as Fran­chot made his tour through­out the state to present the awards.

Ed Hiller, Ride En­ter­tain­ment CEO and Mary­land na­tive, thanked the comptroller for the recog­ni­tion and award.

Rider En­ter­tain­ment Sys­tems, lo­cated at 114 Log Ca­noe Cir­cle, serves ev­ery sec­tor of the at­trac­tions in­dus­try with spe­cial­i­ties in sales, op­er­a­tions, fi­nan­cial part­ner­ships, in­stal­la­tions and at­trac­tion and park de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

From roller coast­ers and ex­treme rides like its patented Sky­coaster where par­tic­i­pants are har­nessed to­gether and swung at speeds up­ward of 70 miles per hour back and forth, to mul­ti­me­dia at­trac­tions and ropes cour­ses, Ride En­ter tain­ment has planned, cre­ated and in­stalled fix­tures through­out the world over the past 20 years.

Most re­cently the group cre­ated a Won­der Wo­man­themed ride at Six Flags Amer­ica in Up­per Marl­boro called “Won­der Woman Lasso of Truth.” That ride, which opened in tan­dem with the movie’s theater re­lease, is now the tallest ride in the park’s his­tory, stand­ing at 240 feet.

Fran­chot said he was de­lighted to present the award to Ride En­ter­tain­ment for their great rides and com­mended the risky in­vest­ment turned out in their fa­vor. He said the com­pany’s recog­ni­tion in­ter­na­tion­ally for its de­vel­op­ment of amuse­ment parks and in­ven­tive rides and at­trac­tions has helped create a strong eco­nomic back­bone for the state.

Mary­land Sen. Steve Her­shey said the com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion is “cer­tainly out in front of you” and that it has done an “out­stand­ing job.”

“Queen Anne’s County is very, very proud of you,” Her­shey said.

County Com­mis­sioner Mark An­der­son said great things are ex­pected to be con­tin­ued from Ride En­ter­tain­ment.

“En­trepreneuri­al­ism is a com­bi­na­tion of ideas and risk tak­ing and a lot of fron­tend loaded debt that is scary, but if it all comes to pass you can create some­thing re­ally won­der­ful,” An­der­son said. “That’s what we’re see­ing here.”

Kim Kra­tovil from U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s of­fice gave thanks on be­half of the se­na­tor. She, on a per­sonal note, praised Hiller for his com­mit­ment to his com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Ride En­ter­tain­ment, visit www.rideen­ter­tain­ment.com.

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @mike_k­ibay­times.

Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot, right, presents Ride En­ter­tain­ment CEO Ed Hiller, left, with the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Queen Anne’s County on Mon­day, July 17.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Ride En­ter­tain­ment em­ploy­ees show Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot the back room at their head­quar­ters at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Busi­ness Park on Mon­day, July 17, af­ter the com­pany re­ceived the comptroller’s 2017 Bright Lights Award for in­no­va­tion.

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