FEC Dallas Provides Unique Networking and Development Opportunities for FEC Professionals
By Prasana William, Associate Editor, IAAPA
 
From February 8-10, FEC owners, operators, and senior executives gathered in Dallas, Texas, for three days of industry education and networking during FEC Dallas. The event provided 10 expert-led sessions on operations, risk management, capital expansion, company culture, and more.  Read More
Family Arcade Legislation Heats up in Florida
By Stephanie See, Director, Safety and Advocacy, IAAPA

On March 18, the Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries heard the Florida family arcade bill, SB 268. After approving an amendment offered by the bill’s sponsor, and supported by the industry, the committee passed the bill unanimously. Read More
Arcade Aid: Changing Landscapes Offer New Challenges to an Age-Old Problem
By Mike Abecassis, IAAPA FEC Committee Member, and CEO, M.A. Group

For as long as I can remember as an industry we have struggled with the sale of underperforming assets. Operators counted on distributors to take arcade equipment trades when purchasing new games. The distribution landscape has and will continue to change.  Read More
Committee Corner
By Gregg Borman, Chairman IAAPA FEC Committee, and Senior Vice President, Apex Parks Group

FEC Dallas was a collaboration of the 2014 and 2015 IAAPA FEC Committees. Having the experience of the retiring committee, combined with the fresh ideas and enthusiasm of the new committee worked really well.  The FEC Committee‘s goal each year  is to deliver a conference that will allow IAAPA members the ability to network with other operators, share and engage in idea sharing and discussions, and most importantly leave the conference with ideas to grow their park’s profitability. Read More
MEMBER FEATURE:  Pinstack, North Texas, opened by Entertainment Properties Group
By Gregg Borman, Chairman IAAPA FEC Committee, and Senior Vice President, Apex Parks Group
 
Pinstack is North Texas’ first state-of-the-art bowling and active entertainment destination, operated by Entertainment Properties Group, Inc. From VIP bowling experiences to two-story laser tag, bumper cars, LED lit six-lane rock climbing walls, hundreds of interactive games, and simulator technology, Pinstack offers fun for everyone. A chef-inspired restaurant offers an upscale dining experience before and after gaming with modern American classics, a fully stocked bar, and craft cocktails. The “Bowl Bar,” located next to the bowling lanes, offers guests 24 beers and six wines on tap, top-shelf craft cocktails, and gourmet coffee and gelato bars. The 50,000-square-foot venue, designed with an upscale palate of bold finishes, features a 28-lane bowling experience. Participants of FEC Dallas were treated to a warm welcome by Pinstack including a traditional Texas barbecue and behind-the-scenes tours. 
 
 
IAAPA Update
 
Build Awareness with FECs
Attention manufacturer and supplier members!  Do you want to reach more FEC clients?  FEC event sponsorship opportunities for IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando are now available as are advertising opportunities in this Fun Extra newsletter.  For more information, contact Leslie Hutcheson at lhutcheson@IAAPA.org or by calling 703-299-5761.
 
2015 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards
You could be the next top FEC of the world, or enter your programs in one of the numerous other categories for marketing, entertainment, HR, food and beverage, or retail.  Application deadline is Aug. 31, 2015. Read More