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IAAPA’s FEC 2016 - Florida Attracts International Audience

IAAPA’s FEC 2016 - Florida Attracts International Audience

(Alexandria, Virginia, US) – More than 140 family entertainment center (FEC) industry leaders representing 52 companies from 23 states and 11 countries participated in FEC 2016 - Florida, the industry’s leading international conference for FEC owners and operators. The two-day event, which is organized and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), took place at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, in St. Augustine, Florida.

Keynote speaker and entrepreneur Chris White talked Monday about a proven management philosophy to help companies gain traction and a clear focus to increase profitability and revenue. White used FEC business examples to demonstrate how the Entrepreneurial Operating System helps companies grow revenues and profits and achieve a balance of life to company owners and employees. Tuesday’s keynote speaker Brandon Gray, client service manager at Crabtree, Rowe & Berger, used real world examples and data to discuss methods for increasing revenue and growth. Gray urged attendees to examine their cash flow, get a true picture of their current business situation, and simplify to better direct their organizations toward success. Additional breakout sessions covered a variety of topics, including risk management, food and beverage services, sales, and marketing.    

Attendees also took part in a networking event at Dave and Busters, and a post-tour to area FECs, including Rebounderz, Adventure Landing, and Autobahn Indoor Speedway.

FEC 2016 provided an interactive and engaging environment for operators to share with one another ideas and real-world takeaways to apply to their businesses. The event was open exclusively to IAAPA members.

“The valuable networking started right away on Sunday night and has already proved to make the trip worthwhile as I have a list of action items for when I get home.”
Kyle Allison, 2016 IAAPA Board Member, IAAPA FEC Committee Chair, and owner of Andy Alligator’s Fun Park and Water Park in Norman, Oklahoma

“It’s developing into a must-attend program. Every year has had different content, so if you miss one of these events, you’re really missing out. Overall, I think the event has been going great.”
Gregg Borman, Senior Vice President of Operations, Apex Parks Group

“I’ll be attending every year going forward.” Mike Abecassis, CEO, Game Time

“Lots of great information and lots of good networking, which is most important for us at Shenanigans.”
Parker Coddington, Partner, Shenanigans Entertainment Centers

FEC 2016 – Florida participants raised more than $1,020 for IAAPA’s charity of choice, Give Kids The World, a non-profit resort in Central Florida that provides cost-free vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Each person making a donation received a copy of either Jonah Sandler “Before The Doors Opened” by Jonah Sandler or “Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!” by Greg Crabtree.

Twenty eight companiescontributed to the success of the event with sponsorships.  

The IAAPA FEC Committee has already begun planning for a similar event in 2017. Details will be available at
www.IAAPA.org in the coming months.

About IAAPA
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA 

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Editor’s Note: Event images are available here.

Contact Information
pressoffice@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone, Director, Media Relations: cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt, SVP, Marketing and Communications: dmandt@IAAPA.org