Owner & CEOCHANCE RIDES
Dick Chance graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1970 with a degree in Business Administration. He then joined the family business to work along side his father, Harold Chance who founded the company. In 1985, upon his father’s retirement Dick purchased the company and assumed the role of CEO. As part of his dedication to the industry Dick has served as the president of AREA (American Recreational Equipment Association), which later became AIMS (Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers) International, an organization dedicated to the safe operation of amusement equipment. He also served as the president for the Showmen’s League of America in 2000, this organization is dedicated to service and fellowship of all showpeople.
President & COOCHANCE RIDES
Aaron became the President and Chief Operating Officer of Chance Rides in the summer of 2017. Prior to Chance Rides, he served as General Manager of companies in the aerospace and machining industry. Before these he held Operations and Engineering management roles in various companies including multi-national and multi-site responsibilities.
Aaron graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1999 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an MBA from Sullivan University. He holds lean manufacturing and six-sigma black belt certifications and also attended several executive style programs and courses.
VP of Business DevelopmentCHANCE RIDES
John Chance is the youngest son to Dick Chance, the Chance Rides Inc., CEO. He rejoined the company as the VP of Business Development. John had left the company to run his own venture in 2012 after having worked in the family business for 10 years. During that 10 years John was instrumental in integrating the engineering team from D.H. Morgan Coasters into Chance Morgan, Inc. he has also served as the lead project manager and was head of Latin American sales. John holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and brings strong international experience having lived in Europe and Latin America. John successfully sold his other business prior to returning to Chance Rides following the loss of his brother Michael Chance. John is focused on ensuring that Chance Rides is providing the best possible customer service and quality in the industry.
VP of Sales & MarketingCHANCE RIDES
Jay joined Chance Rides in 2017 with 26+ years of experience in manufacturing, sales, marketing, and engineering. He most recently served as the VP of Sales and Business Development for Porcelain Industries. He has worked with organizations throughout North and South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. During his career, he has focused on customer relationships, sales growth, unique product solutions, and leading very successful sales & marketing teams.
Jay has a bachelor’s degree in Electromechanical Engineering and an Executive MBA.
VP of AdministrationCHANCE RIDES
Jeff Roth has been the Vice President of Administration and General Counsel since 1994. He supports Chance Rides in product quality, corporate, and contract administration capacities. Prior to joining the company Mr. Roth consulted with Chance Rides while working in private practice.
He graduated from The University of Kansas in 1979 with a J.D. degree.
Operations ManagerCHANCE RIDES
Jeremy McClanahan began his career with Chance Rides as an engineering intern in 1998. From there he served in production control and as an assistant production manager. In 2009 Jeremy’s experience was harnessed to be responsible for all of manufacturing as the Production Manager. Jeremy graduated from Wichita State University in 1999 with B.S. in Industrial Engineering.
HR ManagerCHANCE RIDES
Eric Stoecklein joined the company in 2013 as the Human Resources Manager. Prior to Chance, he managed a staffing and recruitment agency for seven years. He is a graduate from Fort Hays State University in 2003 with a B.B.A in Business Management.