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Educational Seminars, social opportunities


By Ron Weber, Editor

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Gibsonton, FL - Rides and equipment get the most attention at the annual IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton but the social and business aspects of the event are also a valued component. The bar is filled with stories and gossip both day and night, parties and socials are well attended throughout the week. A trip to the Florida State Fair to see what is making money early in the year is also a must do. Educational seminars are available all week with important information and news of what is to come. Teresa Rimes of the IISA said there are many activities throughout the week for attendees to socialize and learn new strategies and information from seminars held throughout the trade show days. Monday, February 9th is the annual "Big Hearted Jerry,s" golf tournament which raises money for the club and its activities. Tuesday is the cocktail party and reception for vendors, welcoming exhibitors both new and old. Wednesday night, the Museum will hold its annual dinner and Hall of Fame awards. The dinner has become very popular and honors showmen who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry. Several Hall of Fame recipients will be inducted each year to make up for lost time and eventually there will only be one recipient per year. Tickets for the dinner are $20 with drink tickets. Tickets are available at the show office. Thursday is usually reserved for the annual banquet honoring the president of the club. Steve Ianni, 2009,s president will be working out of town this year and there will not be a formal banquet as there has been in the past. Rimes estimates this will save $8,000 to $10,000 for the club. To keep the tradition going however, several club members are organizing a tribute party for Ianni that evening. They also propose to have the $100 drawing that night. Tickets for the event will also be available at the show office. Friday night will be the Rides-4-U/Fredricksen slide lighting party. The new Ice Slide,s lights will be revealed on this evening. Ticket are available through the Rides-4-U and Frederiksen booths. On the education front, there are many seminars available on every topic for trade show attendees. Tuesday February 9th, PLH Consulting is sponsoring a session on midway safety; "Slips, Trips and Falls", will be presented by Avery Wheelock. Wednesday, February 0th from 11:30 to 12 the Peeler Group is sponsoring "Why and How to Conduct Legal Checks". Background checks have become an important issue on the midway and Peeler will go through the steps you take to do so effectively and legally. A live background check will be conducted during the session. Also on Wednesday from 1p - 2p, the OABA will sponsor CPSC Regulations. Stock Supplies a Year Later. Speakers will be Hank Mackin from Good Stuff and Mike Petrien from NANCO/Nancy Sales Company. From 2p - 3p MCW will be sponsoring a seminar on internet marketing entitled "Now that I have a website, what do I do with it?" Speakers Matt Cook and Ron Weber will revue internet marketing options and how to effectively use your website to get the best results. Closing out the day from 3- 4pm, PLH Consulting will sponsor a talk on height restrictions again given by Avery Wheelock. On Thursday Bill Peeler reprises his seminar on legal background checks from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. From 1 to 2pm the OABA is sponsoring a talk on "Mastering Wage and Hour Practices Compliance - Risk Control and Prevention" with speaker Wayne Pierce. This issue has dominated the business talk among carnival and concession owners and Pierce will update attendees on the latest developments with government enforcement and class action litigation. At 2pm PLH will sponsor "Fact Sheets - What You Need to Know", conducted by Avery Wheelock. From 3 to 4pm MCW will again sponsor a seminar, "Internet Ticket Sales" presented by Matt Cook and Ron Weber. This talk will focus on safe, affordable methods for selling tickets online, even through your own website. The educational seminars conclude on Saturday from 11am - noon with an OBA sponsored seminar: "Innovative Lighting for the Industry. Presenters Len Soled of Rides-4-U, Tom McDonagh of McDonagh,s amusements and Dave Griffin of Fajume S.A. will speak about the benefits and cost savings of LED lighting and other lighting innovations. With rides premiering for the first time in North America, educational seminars on topical issues and a full slate of social activities, the 2010 IISA Trade Show and Extravaganza looks to be the best event in years.

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