Foundations University, the school for would-be amusement facility operators, defies the old adage about those who can do and those who teach. The sharp and experienced consultant instructors who run Foundations do both, teach and work in the real world, and do them well.
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Thomasina Seaborn of the Bear Palace, Lithonia GA said of her Foundations experience: "The University met all of my expectations and then some..You have given me what I need to make a major shift in my life and follow my dream. Thank You."
"FEU is the best calculated risk an entrepenuer can take." Commented Gezilla Amico of Papino's Adventure Land, Katy TX.
"Material presented ..is extremely valuable to help get on the right track..avoid costly financial errors, and point one to a better chance of a successful business venture." Said Timm Sieber, Plaza Recreation of Highland IN.
Rorie Keller of Sureshot, an FEU sponsor writes: "More than I expected. Excellent material provided-Very informative."
"The Seminar paid for itself within the first three hours! The wealth of knowledge and wisdom shared was priceless. These industry leaders are top notch professionals who not only added to my knowledge base but rekindled my fire." wrote Tim Armstrong of The Bear's Fun Factory, Puyallup WA.
Luis Morales of Mosaico, San Juan PR expressed his view of participating in FEU #12: "It would be suicide not to attend Foundations U prior to opening an FEC".
"Loved it. Learned a lot. What a wealth of information!! Thank you so much for saving me thousands of dollars." Stated Terry Froelich of KidZone, Cumberland, MD.
Amy Richards, LaBrecque Management in Saginaw, MI sent a note of appreciation after attending FEU #12: "Speakers and sponsors made themselves available to attendees out of class." ..speaking about other seminars.. "none have ever made it so easy to ask questions and get answers without it feeling like a sales pitch. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge with us."
"I just received your newsletter in which you quoted some comments from attendees at Stone Mountain [Foundations Entertainment University in February]. I had intended to respond also, and welcome your use of my comments regarding the seminar if you so desire.
Having had a long career and retired as a Senior Executive from the world's largest company, Wal*Mart Stores, I could be deemed as someone who might consider it rather simple to open a family entertainment facility. With a proposed venture of this type in the works, I attended my first IAAPA show in Orlando recently, and quickly realized this was a specialty industry requiring expertise with which I was unfamiliar. I was a bit skeptical when invited to attend the Foundations Entertainment University by one of your presenters.
Having attended the seminar, I must say that anyone considering a family entertainment venture without attending one of your presentations would be foolish. The frank and open dialogue, sharing of printed information and diversity of presenters all resulted in an unusually valuable experience for me. Your presenter's experience and various areas of expertise confirmed some of my decisions and/or pointed out mistakes I was about to make. Thank you for a very worthwhile experience."
"I am a business management major. I learned more in 3 days [at Foundations] than I have in 3 years. Foundations has given me everything I need, except money, to start my business. Thank you."
"Just the networking paid for itself 5 times over, not to mention an enormous amount of information on the industry."
"Foundations is one of the few educational seminars I have attended over the years were I felt I got more value and useful information than the price I paid."
"The accumulated experience and knowledge of the presenters was exceptional and networking opportunities amongst attendees and industry experts was phenomenal."
"WOW! Such talent under one roof giving presentations; tips about the industry. Had I gone into business without this seminar, I would have been out of business in six months."
"A magical experience that helps you understand the serious business of entertainment."
"Program was very well titled. I feel like I've really received a great foundation and I'm energized and motivated to proceed!"
"Great networking opportunities and a fun experience."
"A most worthwhile seminar, when you need to know - go to the pros. Every presenter is well versed in their field, I would recommend this to anyone starting out"