2015 Convention Wrap-Up
Well the 2015 Laser Tag Convention is over and by all measures, it was an wonderful success.
The 14 incredible guest speakers including industry power houses such as Jerry Merola, Peter Starkel, Sheryl Bindeglass, Randy White, George McAuliffe, and Phil Showler gave amazing presentations that highly entertained and educated the audience that was well received.
More incredibly is how the various Operator/Owner's came together from different laser tag systems to share their secrets of success and continued growth. Kevin and Bronwyn Caster (Laserforce operators); Rhonda and Paul Mikologic (Zone Laser Tag operators); Sean Evans (Q-Zar operator); Paul Clark (Lasertron operator); Jeff Swanlund (Laserforce operator); and Sandy and Wayne Pettito (Laser Blast operators) all shared wisdom and experience to help the approximately 100 attendees avoid some mistakes and to get greater bang for the marketing dollar.
The two breakout presentations were from Lathan Gariess of ARC Laser Tag Arenas who had a lot of people buzzing with his ideas about "Beyond Theming" and Jason Bock who gave a seminar about "Birthday Parties - from a guy who hates birthday parties (and kids)".
I wish most of you could have heard the conversation during the Laser Tag Industry Roundtable which carried over to the Laser Tag Industry Reception. Our roundtable experts were - Mike Ewald of Laser Blast; Ric Maylott of Northeast Insurance; Lathan Gariess of ARC Laser Tag Arenas; and Armando Lanuti of Party Center Software. Derek Petit of Adventure Sports also jumped into the thick of things both asking and answering questions.
The trade show was hopping with the numerous exhibitors including:
- ARC Laser Tag Arenas
- Art Attack
- Creative Works
- Delta Strike
- Laser Blast
- Lazer Runner
- Laser Tag Pro
- Zone Laser Tag
- Northeast Insurance Center
- Party Center Software
The Laser Tag Museum had artifacts on display representing each of the manufacturers who were supporting the convention since the museum is a collaborative effort to promote the industry in a professional and stylish manner. Numerous visitors to the LTM booth stopped by to see the old artifacts and recall their past experiences.
There are things we will do differently and better for the 2016 Laser Tag Convention and we have already opened dialogue with a number of the industry suppliers and manufacturers so that they may have some input for next years show. We will reduced the educational program down to one day instead of a day and half. It is our goal to NOT use of this years speakers to keep the platform of ideas ever changing and fresh.
I need to say "Thank You" to our Sponsors - ARC Laser Tag Arenas, IAAPA, and Zone Laser Tag. The sponsors helped defray some of the expenses involved in putting on this trade show.
Lastly, a big "Thank You" goes out to the approximately 100 attendees who traveled through snow storms or from other countries like Canada, Mexico, Serbia, Georgia and Trinidad. We hope our reach is more international for the 2016 show.