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American Coaster Enthusiasts Announces New Additions to Executive Committee

For Immediate Release - December 2007

American Coaster Enthusiasts have announced the addition of two longtime members, John Gerard and Paul Blick, to fill vacancies in its executive committee. Dr. Gerard will be taking over the position of public relations director previously vacated by Steve Gzesh and Mr. Blick will be assuming the duties of events director previously held by Yvonne Janik. Mr. Gzesh and Ms. Janik, after both serving for several years, resigned to pursue other interests. According to ACE president Mark Cole, "ACE and its members owe a great deal of gratitude to each of these people for the commitment and professionalism they demonstrated during their years of service on the executive committee."

John Gerard, the new public relations director, is in his 20th year as a member of ACE. He had previously volunteered in various duties during ACE’s annual conventions and more recently has served as the assistant regional representative for the Southern California region for the past two years. He is also editor of the region’s newsletter, Surf, Sun and Screams. He is a retired physician living in San Diego, California and has ridden over 600 coasters in ten countries.

Paul Blick, the incoming events director, has been a member of ACE for over five years. He is no stranger to volunteering, having performed various duties throughout his community, including sports officiating at the high school and collegiate level. He also serves as ACE’s Midwest regional representative and volunteers his time at several ACE events. Paul is a retired paralegalist and entrepreneur living in Bowling Green, Kentucky and has ridden over 350 coasters.

Mr. Cole is very excited about the organization’s future, stating, "ACE is fortunate to have so many talented members interested in filling volunteer roles. I am confident that John and Paul will serve ACE in an exemplary manner and I’m thrilled to be working with them."

For more information, please visit ACE’s website:

Dr. Gerard can be reached at

Mr. Blick can be reached at

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