IAAPA’s Successful FEC Dallas 2015 Attracts International Audience

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IAAPA’s Successful FEC Dallas 2015 Attracts International Audience

(Feb. 26, 2015) – Nearly 150 family entertainment center (FEC) industry leaders from 26 states and 13 countries participated in
FEC Dallas 2015, the leading conference for FEC operators. The two-day event, which is organized and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), took place at the Hilton Dallas Rockwall Lakefront Hotel, Feb. 8-10, in Rockwall, Texas.

Veteran FEC owners and operators representing hundreds of facilities from around the world gathered to discuss the latest industry trends, expand their business networks, gain insight from colleagues, and share their best practices and experiences.
Keynote speaker Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports and Marketing, spoke on entrepreneurship, the importance of balance in life, and his experiences with professional sports. FEC Dallas breakout sessions covered a variety of topics, including building and maintaining a positive company culture, attracting and keeping top sales talent, reducing expenses, planning for the future of family businesses, increasing efficiency with point-of-sale technology, food and beverage operations, risk management, capital investment and expansion, and profitability.

Attendees also took part in a networking event at the newly opened Pinstack bowling and entertainment center in Plano, Texas, that included an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. And new this year, the event included a post-tour, which featured detailed looks at the operations of Dallas-area FECs Amazing Jakes, SpeedZone, iT’Z, and Celebration Station.

FEC Dallas 2015 provided a collaborative environment for operators to share and engage with one another, producing real-world takeaways for each participant to apply to their businesses. The event was open exclusively to IAAPA members.

“What stood out to me most was being able to be around like-minded people who share similar issues and opportunities in our industry,” said Ryan Curtis, owner of Quarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “What made it special was the owners and top management coming together and sharing vital information that could help our businesses.”

“I was very impressed with the organization and execution of FEC Dallas,” said Ted Marek, general manager, Celebration Station, Mesquite, Texas. “As a first-time attendee I was not sure what to expect… and walked away feeling it was a great investment of my time. I will definitely explore attending future IAAPA FEC programs, and would encourage other members and FEC operators to attend.”

“Every year, the IAAPA FEC Committee strives to create an event that gives IAAPA FEC members the ability to network, share ideas, and learn new business strategies with other operators,” said Gregg Borman, IAAPA FEC Committee Chair and senior vice president of operations for Apex Parks. “Based on the positive feedback we received we reached that goal this year and look forward to doing it again in 2016.”

FEC Dallas participants raised more than $1,200 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 Brandon Steiner’s most recent book, “You Gotta Have Balls.”

The following 27 companies sponsored FEC Dallas 2015 and played a key role in the event’s success: Amusement Insurance Resources; American Specialty Insurance & Risk Services, Inc.; Art Attack; Benchmark Games; Betson Enterprises; Brady Distributing; Brunswick Bowling & Billiards; Embed; Falgas; fecMUSIC; Flagship Carpets; Fun Express; Haas & Wilkerson Insurance; Intercard Inc.; J&J Amusements; Make Meaning; Moss Distributing; QubicaAMF; Redemption Plus; Rhode Island Novelty; Sacoa Playcard System; Shaffer Distributing; Simuline; Sureshot Redemption; Triotech and Unis.

The IAAPA FEC Committee has already begun planning for a similar event in 2016. 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 more than 4,800 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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