Expo Location
Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)
North and South Buildings
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL, US

2019 Dates
Conference: Nov. 18 - 22
Trade Show: Nov. 19 - 22

IAAPA Rookies and Newcomers: FEC 101

Join more than a dozen experts in family entertainment center (FEC) management as they share insights and experiences on how to develop, plan, and run an FEC. IAAPA Rookies and Newcomers: FEC 101 is a soup-to-nuts program for those who want to enter this industry as an FEC operator, or for those who want to expand their network and brush up on the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to grow their business. The one-and-a-half-day program looks at everything from how to research your market to how to conduct day-to-day operations. It also includes a welcome reception at Main Event, and the EDUTour to Fun Spot America and reserved seating at Monday's Lunch and Learn event. 
Topics covered in the program include:
- Developing Your Company Culture
- Facility Design and Trends; Feasibility Plans
- Business Planning; Game Room Layout
- Financial Management
- Risk Management
- Hiring, Managing, and Motivating Staff
- Sales and Marketing
- Social Media
- Web Design
- Food and Beverage Operations
- Attractions Mix

Program Dates and Location 
November 10-12, 2018| various locations
Saturday Nov 10:  
4:00pm - 7:00pm Main Event Welcome Reception

Sunday Nov 11:  
8:30am–5:30pm Classroom learning - Andretti's Indoor Karting & Games
5:30pm-9:30pm  Bus to Fun Spot America for behind-the-scenes tour and dinner

Monday Nov 12:  
12:00 noon Classroom learning, Orange County Convention Center
12pm-2pm Lunch and Learn networking event (reserved seating)
2pm - 6pm - Educational electives
7:30pm - 9:30 pm - FEC Reception, Hyatt International Hotel
 Course fees:

IAAPA members $450.00
non-members $600.00 

Advance ticket purchase necessary. Space is limited and may sell out.

Course Fee Includes:

    • IAAPA Attractions Expo Registration for one
    • Course tuition and support materials 
    • Daytime meals and refreshments 
    • Saturday social event at Main Event
    • Sunday behind-the-scenes tour and dinner at Fun Spot America
    • Reserved seating at Monday's Lunch and Learn Event 
    • Certificate of completion
    • Eligibility towards IAAPA certification program

Class size is limited.  Don't delay - register today.


Topics include:
    • Facility Design and Trends
    • Feasibility Studies
    • Business Planning
    • Financing 101
    • Game Room Layout
    • Financial Management
    • Risk Management
    • Hiring, Managing, and Motivating
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Social Media
    • Food and Beverage: Your Key To Profits
    • Group and Outside Sales
    • Attraction Mix
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2018 Faculty

    • Moderator:  Beth Standlee, Trainertainment 
    • Nick DiMatteo, Dave and Busters
    • Brandon Willey, FetchRev
    • Christine Buhr, Shakers
    •  Dutch Magrath, Amusement Products
    • Jerry Merola, Amusement Entertainment Management, LLC
    • Richard  Sanfilippo, Sam’s Fun City
    • Beth Standlee, TrainerTainment
    • Drew Tewksbury, McGowan Amusement Group
    • Terry Riddle, Silver Dollar City
    • Douglas W. Wilkerson, Dynamic Designs and Associates

Learn more about the faculty of IAAPA Rookies and Newcomers: FEC 101


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Supporting Sponsor
Flagship Carpets

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