IAAPA Rookies and Newcomers: FEC 101
Join experts in family entertainment center (FEC) management as they share insights and experiences to help individuals develop, plan, and operate an FEC. This 3-day program, which begins on Saturday, is a hands-on, “soup-to-nuts” program designed for anyone who wants to become an FEC operator, as well as those looking for advice to help expand their network, strengthen critical thinking skills, and develop problem-solving traits that will help grow their business. The multi-day program also addresses researching the local marketplace and walks attendees through day-to-day operations activities. Participants will earn credit hours toward IAAPA certification.
- Saturday, Nov. 16
4–7 p.m. — Welcome Reception, Main Event International Drive
- Sunday, Nov. 17
8:30–5:30 p.m. — Classroom learning, Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games
5:30–10 p.m. — Dinner and EDUTour, Fun Spot America (transportation provided)
- Monday, Nov. 18
8:30–12 p.m. — Classroom learning, Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)
12–2 p.m. — Lunch and Learn, (OCCC)
7:30–9 p.m. — FEC Reception, Hyatt Regency Orlando
IAAPA CERTIFICATION: 14 credit hours
SPEAKERS: Christine Buhr, Owner, Shakers Family Fun Center; Nicholas DiMatteo, Midway Operations Director, Dave & Buster’s; Dutch Magrath, Owner, Amusement Products, Inc.; Jerry Merola, Chief Financial Officer, Amusement Entertainment Management, LLC.; Terry Riddle, ICAE, V.P. Food and Beverage, Silver Dollar City; Richard Sanfilippo, ICAE, President, Sam’s Fun City; Drew Tewksbury, Sr. V.P., McGowan Amusement Group; Doug Wilkerson, President, Studio 41b; Brandon Willey, CEO, FetchRev
MODERATOR: Beth Standlee, CEO and Founder, Trainertainment
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation is not provided to the Welcome Reception, Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games, or the FEC Reception. Transportation is provided for the EDUTour to Fun Spot America. Buses depart from Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games at 5:30 p.m. Participants may drive separately; free on-site parking available. If driving separately, plan to arrive at 6 p.m. when doors open. Buses return to the OCCC South Concourse from Fun Spot America beginning at 9 p.m. The final bus departs at 10 p.m.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Includes reception at Main Event, lunch at Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games, dinner at Fun Spot America, Lunch and Learn at OCCC, and FEC reception at Hyatt International.
NOTES: Must be 18 years or older to attend, 21 or older to consume beer or wine. Course fee includes: tuition and support materials, welcome reception at Main Event, EDUTour to Fun Spot America on Sunday, reserved seating at Monday's Lunch and Learn event, EXPO registration, and a certificate of attendance.
COST: $600 IAAPA Members; $800 Nonmembers. Tickets should be purchased in advance, as space is limited and may sell out.