We have a strong history of working with and hiring quality individuals with strong values. Here are some of our Corporate Officers and Department Heads Bios.
Our Leadership Team
John Arie, Sr.
John Arie first started in the industry in 1969 and quickly realized he had a passion for the business and wanted to own and operate his own attraction. In 1975 John opened his first operation in Ocean City Maryland which featured two tracks in the heart of the tourist district. This was the start to a long and successful career as John used his creative spirit and drive to push the limits of the traditional track and park designs that were common at the time. John owned and operated several action parks through the years until he felt the challenge to really go HUGE and develop multi-level tracks. John’s designs were US Patented and they became a reality in June of 1998 when Fun Spot Action Park officially opened in Orlando Florida. After several years of success John opened the second location in Kissimmee Florida which featured just one SkyCoaster attraction but over the years he developed it to a 10 acre multiple ride and go kart track theme park. In 2013 John expanded the Orlando property from 5 acres to 15 acres and added Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster along with other thrill/ family rides and a new brand name emerged FUN SPOT AMERICA THEME PARKS. With 12 acres to still expand on, John is committed to making it HUGE-ER!!!
John Arie, Jr.
The face of FUN SPOT! John is our media spokesperson as well as our Chief Executive Officer. John has played an active role in the go-kart amusement industry since he was a young man, and he has worked in every aspect of the family-owned business. John graduated high school in 1996 and with each stride in his career, he has remained educated with the current operational and management courses to keep him on the cutting edge of the industry, and prepare himself for his current position as second in command of this multi-level, multi-million dollar family-owned attraction.John has been voted and selected by the Orlando Business Journal as the “Top 40 under 40” for 2007, and he was voted as one of the “Top 10 Men to Watch” in 2009. John is also active in his community and serves as a sports coach at his local YMCA. However, John’s pride and joy in his life is his wife and best friend, Tracy and his children TJ and Alexis.
Mark Arie. Mark started working with his dad, John Arie, Sr. at Fun ‘N Wheels in 1983 when he was 10 years old. He attended Heritage Preparatory High School and was a part of the basketball team that won the National Championship, his senior year he attended Valley Forge Military Academy where he later went on to Valencia Community College before returning to the family business. Mark worked at the original Fun Spot in Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach, then later at the Orlando and Kissimmee locations. Mark has worked in every aspect of park operations throughout his career as he continued to grow professionally and personally from the experiences. Mark’s strong understanding and knowledge in construction, maintenance, and operations has given Mark that cutting edge needed for a strong foundation for his role at Fun Spot America as our Chief Operating Officer.
Bart is the backbone of this family-owned amusement park. Bart graduated in the top 98% of his class at International Technological Institute with a degree in Automotive Diesel Technology. Throughout the years, Bart continued his education by completing his certifications in welding, AC repair, electrical, OSHA, hydraulics, and many more. Bart has over 30-years’ experience in total maintenance operations and he has been an integral part to the construction and maintenance of our two amusement facilities, truly keeping to our motto SAFE – CLEAN – FUN! His extensive expertise in electrical and hydraulics made Bart the perfect candidate for our first operations in 1997, and he continued to outperform in his area of knowledge with the second location in 2004, creating a HUGE success with the construction of the two extreme multi-level go-kart tracks, Vortex and Chaos. Bart has been married to his high school sweetheart Lola Arie for over 39 years, and they have three beautiful daughters, Ivy, Audrey, and Ashley.
Patrick Tuten earned his BFA in Graphic Design in 1983 and started his design studio in 1989 in Longwood. He specialized in signage, environmental graphics, hand-painted artwork, murals, 3D images, logos and graphic design. After 25 years of providing art and graphics for the theme parks and local companies, Fun Spot among them, he took on the task of being the lead Creative for the expansion of the Orlando Fun Spot park. When that project was completed he came on board full time as the Creative Director of Fun Spot America Theme Parks, overseeing the signage, theming, marketing design and assisting with master planning and future development.
Michael Benner is the Chief Revenue Officer for Fun Spot America – Orlando, and Kissimmee Florida. He started his career in 1991 with the purchase of his first concession stand. From 1991 through 2007, he ran his own Food and Beverage business traveling to Fairs and Festivals across Pennsylvania. After 16-years of running his own business, Mike decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved to the Sunshine State, where he was offered a vendor location in Fun Spot Kissimmee. In addition to operating Food and Beverage locations in the park, Mike was always looking for ways to expand and grow the Food and Beverage Department and regularly contributed to Fun Spot in any way possible. In 2012, Mike was offered the position of Director of Food and Beverage and was tasked with the expansion of the Food and Beverage Department of Fun Spot America, Orlando. Mike currently oversees the operations of both parks Food and Beverage with a focus on high-quality Food and Beverage, quick service in a fun environment. In 2018 Mike was promoted to our Chief Revenue Officer for our three properties and oversees new revenue opportunities for the parks and in 2019 Mike was promoted to our Chief Financial Officer.
Eric started his journey with Fun Spot back in 2012. After one year working with Benner’s Amusements at the Kissimmee location, he came on board with Fun Spot as a Food and Beverage Lead. His energy and passion for the department earned him the role of Food and Beverage Department Manager in 2015. After winning the Employee of the Year award in 2016, Eric looked to play a bigger role for the company by accepting the position of Manager on Duty in Kissimmee in 2017. As Fun Spot’s newest location in Georgia continued to grow and new opportunities arose, Eric packed his bags and moved to Georgia in 2018 to become Director of Operations for Fun Spot Atlanta.