We know that many Foundations & Birthday University alumni are entrepreneurs, looking to get into the location-based entertainment industry or involved in designing and building new facilities or just looking to grow their current businesses.

Did you know that Amusement Expo International offers an educational track geared specifically for family entertainment centers?You may want to take another look and consider attending this event  –  not only for  the educational opportunities – but the networking opportunities with high-level decision makers and key contacts that may be missing in other shows you attend.


Amusement Expo International offers:
1.        One full day of education sessions geared toward FEC’s (lunch is included in this FREE day of education).  Programs include:
  • “Don’t Become A Statistic! Avoid the 10 Most Common Mistakes in Entertainment Center Development Today”
  • “Dave & Busters-Gateway to Continued Success: A Case Study”;
  • “How to Approach Opportunities for a Small Footprint FEC in an Unattended Location
  • “How to Find New Customers using Social Media”
  • “A Debate Covering Hot Topics Within the World of Family Entertainment Centers”
  • “Three Amigos Ride…10X Better”
FEC topics include avoiding the 10 most common mistakes in entertainment center development today; street operator topics include 17 things you can do today to sell more tomorrow. The concluding session will feature The Three Amigos: Rick Iceberg of CJ Barrymore’s, Ben Jones of Live Oak Bank, and George Smith of Family Entertainment Group. The day will be capped off by the All Industry Gala.
Amusement Expo International

Pictured, (l-r): Oliver Lee Mincey (well-known entertainment industry entrepreneur), Frank Seninsky, and Jerry Merola (both partners in Amusement Entertainment Management – AEM)

2.       Two full days of exhibit time gaining exposure to CEO’s and Presidents of key vendors exhibiting in Amusement Expo International, the NBVA Conference and the Laser Tag Convention who are there to do business, offer deals and make sales.

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3.       Additional networking events to continue discussions after the education sessions and trade show floor.

We are so convinced that you would benefit by your experience at the Amusement Expo International that we are offering Foundations & BU alumni a special rate of $85 which is a cost savings of  $65 per person off the non-member AMOA/AAME rate.

Should you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact:
Brian Glasgow,  Amusement Expo International Event Management
Phone:                 708 226 1300 ext. 17
Email:                   [email protected] or [email protected] 
Visit website        amusementexpo.org


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Foundations Entertainment University Announces 2016 Schedule

Foundations Entertainment UniversityInstruction on the best FEC operational practices, not unlike the VIP customer strategy de­scribed in this issue, is available at Foundations Entertainment University, which assembles three times a year. This year’s first FEU, class No 38, will take place during June 14-16 in Chicago, IL. The next two sessions will be held on August 22-23 in Atlanta, GA and on October 18-20 in Phoenix, AZ. The $689 tu­ition fee includes 2-1/2 days of classroom instruction; lunch and dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday (the special hotel rate includes 3 breakfast coupons); a Tuesday-evening tour of lo­cal entertainment centers; and a comprehensive manuscript book and CD. Informal one-on-one consultations with instructors and attending sponsors greatly enhance the value of the program.

FEU, now in its 14th year, covers financial feasibility, planning, design, financing, develop­ment, marketing and managing a successful location-based entertainment business. Frank Seninsky is a founding member of the faculty, which also includes Randy White, White Hutchin­son Leisure & Learning Group; Jerry Merola, Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM); Frank Price, FL Price; engineer Peter Olesen, Entertainment Concepts; and Kevin Williams, KWP Ltd. Frank Price’s Birthday University is held in conjunction with Foundations Entertainment University. All FEU attendees can attend Birthday University for $10.

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Graduates of FEU’s class No. 37 came from a wide variety of entertainment facilities oper­ating in North America and Puerto Rico. They included operators of indoor and outdoor FECs, children’s centers, trampoline parks, skating, water attractions, bowling centers and roller rinks, along with laser tag arenas, nature farms, and arcade game operations.


Amusement Entertainment Management, LLC, we offer a full range of consulting services, including early-stage feasibility analysis, business plan development, funding assistance, and conceptual design and layout services.