A Message from the President
Friday, October 9, 2020
ACE is a wonderful community of diverse individuals brought together by a common love of roller coasters and amusement parks. It is what makes us strong and special, and we value the contributions of all ACE members. No one is perfect, however, and as
an organization, ACE has had to establish procedures to protect itself, its reputation and its members from behavior that may affect them adversely. We are saddened by the recent news of behavior within the coaster community that may have caused such
harm. The purpose of this message is not to suggest that bad behavior of any kind on the part of ACE members is common, because it is not. The purpose, rather, is to explain ACE’s options for dealing with behavior that ranges from unfortunate to criminal.
ACE, from the beginning, has been committed to protecting its members through the enforcement of a Code of Conduct and the ACE Disciplinary Committee process. The
ACE Code of Conduct is a set of rules and guidelines for behavior within parks, at events and with one another. The Code covers everything from consequences for minor infractions to termination
of membership for serious violations. The Disciplinary Committee follows a process for confidential reviews of behaviors to ensure a safe community.
In terms of criminal behavior, ACE depends on the legal system for enforcement. Being a member of ACE has no bearing on any act of criminal behavior unless the offense happens at an ACE event. In any matter of criminality (including abuse of any kind),
the first thing an ACE member should do is contact local law enforcement, not an ACE official. ACE has and will continue to cooperate with appropriate legal authorities for any investigations that may involve our members. Criminal behavior in violation
of the Code of Conduct that results in a fine and/or conviction may warrant termination of membership. However, the ACE disciplinary process can only be followed after receiving these notices from law enforcement.
Should an investigation get to this level, ACE will protect the privacy of the person who reports the offense and the accused. While deliberations of the Disciplinary Committee remain confidential, any disciplinary actions taken (including membership
termination) will be reported in the minutes of the Executive Committee, which members can read on the ACE members-only
This commitment to privacy means that for all infractions most of the disciplinary process happens behind the scenes. However, silence does not equal insensitivity or inaction. Consequences of minor violations of the Code of Conduct may include a warning,
temporary suspension or an agreement to change the offensive conduct. If a member’s behavior warrants the most severe of consequences, ACE has and will continue to remove those members from our organization permanently. We will continue to ensure
that all are offered due process when allegations are reported.
Thus, if an ACE member is a victim of criminal behavior by another ACE member, he or she should report the crime to the police first. However, if no crime has been committed but an ACE member believes another ACE member has disregarded the Code of Conduct,
he or she should report the offense immediately to the ACE Vice President, currently Jeff Niemiec, who is chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee. This action ensures that ACE is properly notified and will proceed to conduct a confidential inquiry
into the allegation. Remember that ACE does not conduct criminal investigations.
I encourage all of us to be active members of a supportive social community of welcoming friends who come together to share in a common bond: enjoying parks and rides. Together, with your help, we can continue to make ACE an even stronger and more welcoming
— Robert Ulrich, ACE President