Thursday, February 29, 2024

There’s a new president for Busch Gardens and Water Country. He’s a familiar face

(WYDaily/Courtesy Busch Gardens)
(WYDaily/Courtesy Busch Gardens)

Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are bringing a familiar face to the leadership of the parks.

On Friday, the parks announced Kevin Lembke would be returning as president, according to a news release from Seaworld Entertainment.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kevin back to the Busch Gardens Williamsburg family as he brings a rare mix of historical knowledge with a forward-looking vision that is sure to have a positive impact for our team and guests,” said Marc Swanson, interim CEO for SeaWorld Entertainment.

Lembke started working with SeaWorld Orlando in 2000 in the merchandise department. During his time, he held leadership positions on the park’s operations team and was named vice president of merchandise at Busch Gardens in 2013.

In 2016, he was named vice president of merchandise and culinary at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay before becoming Busch Gardens Williamsburg park president in 2018.

The two parks’ current interim president, Jeff Thomas, will resume his role as vice president of operations at Water Country USA and corporate vice president of operations.

“I’m thrilled to reunite with the talented and dedicated team at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA,” Lembke said. “We have the right strategies in place to execute on the tremendous potential of our parks, as we continue to increase the value of the business while delivering an exceptional guest experience. I look forward to being back in the parks interacting with our guests and team.”

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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