IAAPA News - Staff News - March 2018

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1. Jakob Wahl, vice president of IAAPA Europe, Middle East, Africa observes character art used in custom-themed "Whac-A-Mole" games. 2. Eddie Roseboom, creative director at BSR, shows off a dinosaur head created in the art department. 3. BSR's Jack Mendes shares a photo with Alice Mathu, director of sales and exhibitor marketing at IAAPA. 4-5. Members of IAAPA's Orlando global headquarters spent a morning volunteering at Give Kids The World Village, serving families breakfast. The team also toured some of the Village's attractions and unique venues.

IAAPA Staff Visits GKTW, Bob’s Space Racers

In January, IAAPA staff from Orlando’s global headquarters volunteered at Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village in Kissimmee, Florida, helping children with life-threatening illnesses and their families start their day with breakfast before they ventured into Central Florida theme parks. 

The following week, the IAAPA team had the opportunity to tour the design and production headquarters of Bob’s Space Racers (BSR), home of the famed “Whac-A-Mole.” Games manufactured at this Daytona Beach, Florida, business are exported around the globe to attractions, FECs, theme parks, and more. Tour stops included a visit to the art department, where molds from more than 100 characters used in custom-themed “Whac-A-Mole” games are proudly displayed, as well as the fabrication workshop, neon sign department, and loading dock, where IAAPA staff tested several new games before they were crated and sent to facilities around the world.

Moving IAAPA’s global headquarters to Orlando allows the organization to be closer to many of the association’s members. IAAPA looks forward to future on-site visits with members in the months and years ahead.