No Seminar Program has Resulted in More Successful Entertainment Projects

Sponsors

An essential part of any location-based entertainment business is its suppliers and vendors. The following companies are our sponsors who have helped us underwrite Foundations:

Platinum Sponsors

Betson Enterprises is the world's leading distributor of coin-operated amusement and vending equipment, service and parts. With over 80 years of experience and leadership in the coin-operated industry, we will help you make informed decisions that are best for your business.

Betson offers entertainment and vending solutions for your business through our relationships with the operator and all sectors of the family entertainment center community. For locations looking for a simple and profitable solution or vendors looking for equipment that fits any situation, Betson can help you.

Betson Enterprises, a division of H. Betti Industries, Inc., with 12 distribution offices located across the United States, offers amusement, music, prize merchandisers, and vending equipment. Betson also distributes coin-operated parts, provides technical service and repair, and customized financing, including long term monthly leases that are very attractive.

Contact us at www.betson.com, bmurphy@betson.com  or 1.800.524-2343.


Embed is a world leading supplier of debit card systems and management applications for the amusement, leisure and retail industries.

Embed systems are now used throughout the world with over 200 operating locations in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Middle East, India and the Bahamas.

Members of the Embed Team come with a background of many years within the operating side of the Leisure and Amusement industry and this brings a depth of experience and understanding of our customer's business.

With sales and support offices in Dallas USA and Perth Australia, Embed is building business relationships with clients and partners internationally to deliver unique hardware and software solutions.

Contact us at www.embedcard.com or via e-mail at sales@embedcard.com.


U.S. Bowling Corporation sells and installs bowling center packages world wide. As the largest independent builder of Family Entertainment Centers in the U.S. we have become the premier vendor for all of your bowling needs. We are able to build "State of the Art" bowling center complex's using the best equipment available in the market today. This is possible by selecting from different Manufacturers that provide the latest in technology and the highest performing equipment available.

We are one of the only manufacturer's that gives you, the proprietor, the choice to pick and choose your products that will be custom to your new center. Not any one manufacture has the best of all products in there product line, as well, they do not give you a choice of various style and products, that is what makes U.S. Bowling the preferred choice for bowling equipment!

Why buy from U.S. Bowling Corporation?

  • Most reliable & efficient sales & service!
  • Best value for your dollar!
  • We react faster than any other major manufacturer
  • Full Range of the best product lines in the industry
  • Multi-Million dollar inventory of pinsetters, parts & supplies for total customer support!
  • Most liberal product warranties in the industry!
  • All Mechanics, installers & support staff are factory trained & certified!
  • 7-Day a week customer service!
  • We think outside the box!
  • We provide a total entertainment solution!
  • We provide customer Satisfaction!!!!!

Visit U.S. Bowling at www.usbowling.com

Gold Sponsors

American Changer is an award-winning developer and leading manufacturer of innovative bill changers and token dispensers. We manufacture bill-to-coin and bill-to-bill changers, cash & credit/debit card token dispensers and pre-valued card dispensers. Our extensive product line also includes ticket dispensers and currency & coin counters. We market our products and services, in several industries, throughout the world.

All of our machines are manufactured in the United States utilizing the latest equipment and technology. We can design and customize our products to accommodate any customer needs and manufacture your order utilizing the best materials and electronics. Our Customer Service department is available to assist you as long as you own our machines and our Quality Control process is extensive. All of our machines must pass a "91 point" inspection prior to shipment and everything is designed, manufactured, painted and assembled in our factory, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To see our full product line, please visit our website at www.americanchanger.com or call us at 800-741-9840 for more information.


With nearly 50 years as a manufacturer, operator, builder and supplier to the Family Entertainment Center industry (FEC), we know what it takes to make great attractions. We offer everything from GoKarts, Ultimate Trainer Pitching Machines, Big Kick Soccer Machines, Bumper Boats, Bumper Cars, Fiberglass Animals, Championship Miniature Golf Courses and the best parts supply, customer service, and technical support around. Contract us at www.amusepro.com or phone 423.892-7264 / 800.438-3558


Grown directly from venue operations, CenterEdge Software delivers real world solutions to meet the everyday needs of entertainment facility owners and managers.  Backed by a team well versed in the industries they serve, the CenterEdge product suite offers solutions for point of sale, online sales, group and party reservations, labor management, capacity scheduling, food and beverage sales, attractions management, mobile transactions and more.  Headquartered in North Carolina, CenterEdge Software has been redefining the successful operation of family entertainment centers, trampoline parks, water parks, museums, roller skating rinks, and large-scale amusement parks across the country since 2004.  CenterEdge delivers turn-key system solutions including software, hardware, training and on-site implementation.  For additional information on CenterEdge or to schedule an obligation-free system demonstration, please contact the company at 336-598-5934 or visit the web site at www.centeredgesoftware.com.


Creative Works is a full service theme creator and prop builder for the entertainment industry specializing in the development of immersive environments, such as black light mini golf courses, laser tag attractions, small footprint attractions like Lazer Frenzy laser maze and touch sensor game, Atomic Rush, themed bowling and skating centers, lobby props, and much more. We focus our efforts on providing themed attractions and décor, building custom entry facades, fabricating props, and creating stunning 3D imagery throughout the entertainment facility to immerse your guests in the overall atmosphere.

We excel in managing themed projects from concept to completion. Our 20,000 square foot production facility, known as the "Theme Factory", combined with our talented sketch artists, graphic designers, sculptors, craftsmen, and airbrush artists enable us to handle any size project whether large or small. With over 15 years of experience and clients all over the world, we have earned a solid reputation as a visionary company with innovative approaches, affordable solutions, and quality products


Deltronic Labs, Inc. is a small family owned and operated company started by Stephen Horniak Sr. in the early sixties. During the first years of the company's existence, the focus was mainly design and production of various electronic and electro-mechanical devices ranging from simple timing devices to ultra-sensitive meters and gauges. We incorporated in 1968 and began our journey into the coin-operated amusement and family entertainment industry. One of Deltronic Labs' first endeavors in this industry involved designing and producing the first solid state electronics for the already popular electro-mechanical Skee Ball™ alleys. Soon after, a modular, cost effective, electronically controlled ticket dispenser was developed to replace bulky, mechanical dispensers in existing popular “Redemption” games from companies like Bob's Space Racers™. As redemption continued to grow, the need for tools to help streamline the process and convert non-redemption games was evident. Interface solutions and the industry workhorse Ticket Eater™ were developed to help. Although, our main focus is on the amusement industry, we have designed and manufactured many types of electro-mechanical components, microprocessor controlled mechanisms, hardware and software for various industries.

Today, the popularity of Ticket Redemption amusement games remains constant. In our over thirty years in one business, we have earned an excellent reputation for reliable products and exceptional customer service. We appreciate the confidence and trust our customer, both old and new, place in us and look forward to continuing to build on these relationships.

For more information, please visit us on the web at www.deltroniclabs.com.


 


Thomas Head is current Owner of The Wow Factory. He spent 15 years in the commercial construction and development business before deciding to make a career shift into the Family Entertainment sector. Unfortunately, his background had nothing to do with food / beverage service, and it was, by far, his biggest fear. He was not going to” settle” for what has been done for years in the industry. He wanted to make sure he was getting the proper food and beverage contracts, the proper menu mix for his type of facility, and above all, the best quality for his customers!

Enter JASON BRYSON, who is now Tom's partner in F&B Entertainment Solutions, LLC. Jason is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and he is a dynamic food and beverage leader with an established record of excellence in product development, operations for convenience stores, full-service restaurants, high-end resorts, and various “quick-serve” concepts. He is an expert at restaurant design, menu development, staffing, training and organizational development, and he has worked with facilities such as: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, & Caesar's Palace. Above all, Jason is a chef. With over 20 years of experience in this industry, he has garnered multiple relationships with the top food service and equipment suppliers in the country. The combination of Jason's knowledge and background, coupled with Tom's experience as an actual Owner, will bring the direction and advice needed for any FEC, Hybrid Bowling Center, or any other entertainment venue in the industry.

HOW F&B ENTERTAINMENT SOLUTIONS WORKS FOR YOU:

  • Assessment / Initial Review
  • Food and Beverage Research and Development - begins with live tastings and finishes with completed menu product
  • Kitchen Design & Equipment Procurement
  • Supply Chain
  • Operations and Training
  • Optional On-Going Services (Quarterly or Monthly)

Indiana Ticket Company has proudly served the entertainment and amusement industry since 1937. Our products include Redemption Tickets, Tickets for Admission and Cash Control, Wristbands, Direct Thermal P.O.S. Tickets and other Printed Promotional Materials.

Thanks to our employees, we are able to achieve our daily goals to provide consistent quality and unbeatable service. We look forward to working with you. Please contact our office with any questions.

Phone: (800)428.8640 Fax: (888)428.8640
E-Mail: info@muncienovelty.com


Founded in 2004, Orca Coast is a family business that was started to improve the quality and wellbeing of play in the industry today. Our reputation is the key to our success and what has made us the premier indoor play company in the world to entrust with your venture.  We know that by truly caring about our products and clients we have made a difference.

We specialize in:

  • Custom designed playground systems in all shapes and sizes
  • Interactive toddler attractions
  • Themed environment
  • Virtual playgrounds
  • Custom themed climbing walls and activities.
  • Black Light Mini golf courses
  • Laser mazes
  • Laser tag systems
  • Floor plan development
  • Business development consultation

With the very best safety record and the best satisfaction rate in the industry, you will sleep easy at night knowing your investment is in good hands.

Orca is truly a hands-on company that delivers only quality products that are tried and tested. We guarantee delivery times, are client orientated and 100% custom with each individual project. Built on old fashioned values, we strive to keep our 100% satisfaction rate by handling quality projects rather than high volume sales. By doing so, Orca has a greater ability to better focus on each project’s needs and wants and ensure our reputation is maintained the best that it can possibly be.

For more information, contact us at:   (778) 285-8060, email:  info@orcacoastplay.com, website: www.orcacoastplay.com


Party Center Software is the number 1 online booking and event management system in the world. Our software is used by hundreds of facilities in more than 10 countries. As past operators, we understand the nuances of running an entertainment facility, and we have built unique features to make your lives easier. With our software, you can streamline the party booking process, increase add-on revenue, save money on labor, and manage your facility from anywhere in the world. 

Parents are constantly on the move, and they are accessing the Internet from their mobile devices more often than from their computer. So we built our online system with mobile responsive design. This means that the content will automatically adjust to any size screen, on any device, to deliver the best user experience.

Online party booking is a crucial tool for success in the entertainment industry as it allows customers to book parties and events from your website, 24/7. For our clients, almost 40% of their birthday parties are booked online - and a great deal of those online parties are booked outside operating hours. What would you give to capture party revenue when you're not open to answer phones?

To learn more, visit www.partycentersoftware.com or contact us at sales@partycentersoftware.com, Toll Free: 888-804-1166, and for Direct Sales: 916-978-1111.


Founded in 1932 by Jonah Sterling, Sterling & Sterling today employs 125+ people and maintains a sales force of 20. We are ranked among the nation's top 100 privately held insurance brokerages and have grown to become one of the largest in the New York metropolitan area, with premiums topping $200 million.

Our clients are regional, national, and international operations who benefit from such service offerings as, but not limited to:

  • Property and casualty insurance
  • Employee benefits
  • Risk management
  • Loss control
  • Claims management
  • Premium financing
  • Estate planning

Much of our firm's most significant growth has occurred in recent years, not through acquisitions, but through referrals from satisfied clients. The companies we serve view us as experts within the industry and appreciate our commitment to provide the best coverage at a fair price.

At Sterling & Sterling, our expertise reaches far beyond the insurance market. We know the businesses and industries we serve, and the markets in which they operate. We understand their unique insurance needs and how to match those needs with the right insurance carrier and policy. It's why some companies have been with us for more than 30 years, and it's the foundation of our continued strong growth.


So now you are in, or you want to be in, The Fun Business? This means that one of the most important supplies that you need is all of that “Fun Stuff”!

Whether you are a new facility or a seasoned operation, Sureshot Redemption/Party Supplies is your source for a wide selection of Fun product for your facility. Some of the merchandise we offer:

  • Redemption Toys and Novelties
  • Custom Logo Product
  • Party Goody Bags
  • Party Tableware – licensed and generic
  • Candy & Candy Kits
  • Crane & Merchandiser Kits
  • Plush
  • High-End and Licensed Character Electronics
  • Unique Gifts
  • Light-ups and glow products
  • Games , including lots of board games
  • Redemption Display Supplies and Aides

We can completely stock your redemption area with the latest and greatest merchandise for your counters and your back walls. We can also provide you with all of the components for your birthday parties and special events; everything from goody bags to tableware, to party decorations and gifts. Want something you don't see in our 144 page catalog? Call us and there is a good chance we can find it for you.

Plus, we will be more than happy to share our experience to help make your operation successful. “Stump the Staff” is one of the best games we play here at Sureshot. We like winning and we like helping all of our customers to be winners too.

Sureshot Redemption, a division of The Foland Group, is located in Ontario, California, and can be contacted @ 1-888-887-8738 or check them out on the web @ www.folandgroup.com/sureshot.


Laser Tag Games are more than a product they are an experience that must be enjoyed and at ZONE with over 20 years' experience we know how to bring the fun into interactive entertainment. Zone lasertag equipment is utilized in a broad spectrum of family entertainment centers (FEC's) including bowling, skating, stand-alone, bounce / inflatable and play centers.

What other company has credentials like 650+ sites sold, almost 3 million players a month, 50 full time staff, 24/7 operations and 24/7 world wide support in 7 languages, bumper to bumper warranty, multiple company stores and more marketing material available free than many of our competitors combined.

Only the ZONE can provide you with solutions and packages to suit "YOUR" needs. With ZONE there is no need to compromise on quality, features, price, or even finance. We have it all in one of our many package options. Contact Zone Sales at 866-966-3797 or visit www.zonelasertag.com for more details.

Endorsement Sponsors

Birthday University has been touring internationally for the past six years, assisting thousands of business with the knowledge and tools to produce remarkable and profitable birthday parties. Birthday Party programs continue to play a major role in the success of all family oriented businesses. Attendees agree, a new, out of the box approach to their party concept, gives them a competitive advantage and allows them to charge a value packed price that's profitable and a win for all.

Birthday University workshops are presented in a high energy, fun and interactive format. Attendees leave with new ideas, insightful thinking and the details to put it in, all while making new friends and having a great time.

Course Highlights

  • Understanding the true meaning of a child's birthday
  • Designing your own unique party concept
  • New ideas and tools to "WOW" party guests
  • Delivering better birthday parties
  • Fun and exciting - you'll live the experience

"As the bar gets raised, more and more companies will be delivering higher quality birthday parties that set them apart from the pack. Those that fail to keep pace, will be forced to compete on this level with an inferior product. Birthdays are far too important and too emotional for families to be satisfied with a low priced, poorly run ... cattle call." States Frank Price, founder and educator of Birthday University.

Here's what BU alumni have been saying:

TESTIMONIALS

"Having been operators of Family Entertainment Center business' for two generations, we have become acutely aware of the fact that success requires alignment with the best the industry has to offer. Frank Price and his Birthday University program are the best example of taking "One thing and doing it perfectly" and it shows on the bottom line." Chad Cook , Freedom Station Family Fun Centers, Featuring "Hero's The Party Experience", Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

"BU was the single most important seminar I have attended for my whole business, not just birthdays. I now know the main purpose for being in the entertainment industry!" Todd Tomlin Max & Vito's Plano TX

"Birthday University reemphasized how special a birthday is for the child and parent and gave us ideas how to make it extra special for everyone." Scott Hodge Roger Dean Stadium Jupitor FL

"BU gave me a whole new perspective on creating a memorable day for a child." Kathy Fender Ashville's Fun Depot Ashville NC

"Frank is a tremendous resource and openly shares his knowledge and experience in all aspects of the business of birthday parties." Camron Franklin Lexington KT