For his episode, which was filmed last year, Manby said he worked five jobs. He cleaned aquarium tanks at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J.; cleaned the streets and worked the gate at Silver Dollar City; waited tables on the Branson Belle showboat and was the captain of a Ride the Ducks amphibious tour vehicle in Georgia's Stone Mountain park.
Joel Manby, Herschend Family Entertainment president and CEO is featured on CBS, ‘Undercover Boss,’ on the latest episode of the reality TV series broadcast on Sunday March 28, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The critically acclaimed series documents the experiences of CEOs and other top executives go incognito and work as entry-level employees in their own companies.
Joel Manby might be in for the roller coaster ride of his life when he leaves the boardroom behind to work alongside his amusement park employees. His undercover adventures will include captaining a boat full of fun-seeking kids on the Ride the Ducks tour on Stone Mountain Lake. This week's undercover boss is Herschend Family Entertainment CEO Joel Manby, and suddenly I'm in the mood to go to an amusement park.
Joel Manby, President and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment home based in Georgia was the latest CEO to be an "Undercover Boss." For anyone not yet aware of Undercover Boss, it is a reality television show that places real life CEO’s in undercover positions working for their own company in working regular wage jobs. Manby was no stranger to tough times as he was raised in what could best be described as extreme poverty. He worked himself so hard he had what he described as a “meltdown” and was far too prone to bending an elbow.
While most episodes of Undercover Boss are about drama and suspense, and reality television is prone to create those things where none exist sometimes, the producers deserve credit for letting this be what it truly was - a sweet story. Start to finish the show had a different vibe than other episodes.