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Meet the Team

 

Meet our General Manager, Aftin! She began her role as the General Manager at WaTiki Waterpark in March, 2020!

Aftin was born and raised on the banks of the Missouri River and has spent her whole life on the water. As a teen, Aftin was a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local pool in South Dakota’s state capital. She recently relocated to the Black Hills with her husband, son, and three dogs to be closer to family & experience all that the Black Hills have to offer.

Although her education and background is in marketing, she excels in the hospitality industry and has many years of experience with leading a team and increasing Guest experience. With her new role at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark and Koko’s Arcade, she hopes to bring the local hometown feel to a big city attraction for visitors both near and far.

Most days you’ll find Aftin chatting with kiddos, tidying up, or hanging out with Koko. She will be welcoming you to the waterpark and Arcade and hopes you’ll make yourself at home while creating long-lasting family memories.

Learn more about Aftin with our totally tubular Q & A below!

 

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR LIV HOSPITALITY?

A: I started my Liv Hospitality career in March of 2019.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR ROLE PRIOR TO BECOMING WATIKI INDOOR WATERPARK’S GENERAL MANAGER?

A: I worked at Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort as their Marketing Manager, where I focused on creating marketing strategies, increasing Guest experience, and creating special events.

Q:  HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE ATMOSPHERE AT WATIKI FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER VISITED?

A: The atmosphere of WaTiki Indoor Waterpark is fun and exciting. I always ask families if they are ready to enjoy their time. We strive to create long-lasting memories as well as create an experience that Guests can’t wait to come back to! I want each Guest to truly have the “Slide of their life” during their visit.

Q: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING THE GENERAL MANAGER AT WATIKI?

A: It brings a warm feeling to my heart to see the joy on the children’s faces, as well as their parents and grandparents. Every Guest works hard and deserves to have a place to relax and forget about the day-to-day. I love enjoying this true vacation destination in the Black Hills. 

Q: WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO BRING TO WATIKI INDOOR WATERPARK?

A: I can’t wait to begin creating special events within the waterpark with Sliders Bar & Grill as well as the hotels. I want to make sure each of our Guests is always smiling. Our team is friendly and inviting, and I take great pride in the work they do to make sure each Guest has a great time. 

Q: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING OUTSIDE OF WORK?

A: I love packing up the family, my dogs included, and hitting the road to the center of the Black Hills for a night of sleeping under the stars and breathing in the fresh pine smell.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY HIDDEN TALENTS?

A: My husband and I are no “Chip & Joanne,” but we really enjoy a weekend warrior project or two during the winter to fix up our home!

 

Are you ready to join Aftin for a totally tubular adventure?

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