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International Participants Share, Grow, and Engage at IAAPA FEC Summit 2017 in Scottsdale

International Participants Share, Grow, and Engage at                                    IAAPA FEC Summit 2017 in Scottsdale

(Alexandria, Virginia, US) – One hundred and fifty (150) family entertainment center (FEC) industry professionals from 27 states and 10 countries gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, for IAAPA FEC Summit 2017, the industry’s leading international conference for FEC owners and operators. The two-day summit, which is organized and hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), took place at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, Jan.29 – Jan. 31.

On Monday, attendees heard from keynote speaker Amy Bruske, president of Kolbe Corporation. Specializing in human resources consulting, Bruske shared her professional expertise and led participants through a cutting-edge assessment model to help owners and operators select the right members for their team.

Tuesday’s keynote speaker, Kerrell McNeal, owner and operator of the next great event LLC, addressed the process of designing on-site events with maximum profitability in mind. Using real world examples, McNeal also guided IAAPA FEC Summit 2017 attendees through the pros and cons of hosting special events on site. Additional breakout sessions covered a variety of topics, including motivating employees, risk management, and consumer behavior, and featured an attractions/arcade town hall.    

In addition to hearing speakers, attendees took part in a networking event at Octane Raceway and an optional post-tour to area FECs, including Amazing Jake’s, Main Event Tempe, Tilt Studio, and FlipSide.

IAAPA FEC Summit 2017 provided a collaborative and engaging setting for FEC operators to share, grow, and engage with one another to improve their overall business operations.

"The IAAPA FEC Summit gives operators an opportunity they might not have otherwise to share information and make their businesses better." David Novstrup, Owner of Wylie Thunder Road in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

“We’re in a changing environment with more competition. We need more ideas on how to grow and stay on top. We want to be the place that people want to go.” Clint Paraday, General Manager at Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park, Illinois.

 “We love seeing new things and doing comparisons. If we see a good idea, we can multiple it by 10.” Felipe Arteaga, Head of New Projects at Happyland in Santiago, Chile.

This year, 24 sponsor companies contributed to the success of the annual IAAPA event.

The IAAPA FEC Committee has already begun planning for IAAPA FEC Summit 2018. Details will be available at www.IAAPA.org/FECevent in the coming months.

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 5,300 facility, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries. Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org @IAAPAHQ