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Arch Adams, President & CEO - Fun Spot Trampolines 


Arch Adams: Arch has been in the trampoline business his whole life starting at the age of one when his father Andy Adams made Fun Spot's first backyard trampoline. For years Fun Spot was the largest trampoline dealer both, domestic and international, but finally when Arch took over the family business, he saw unique opportunity in the trampoline park sector. At its inception, Arch was the only manufacturer to help start the trampoline park industry association, and was the only manufacturer to sit on the ASTM board to establish the industry safety standards that we still meet and exceed today. He has continued to pioneer innovation now manufacturing Hollywood style ninja courses, interactive climbing walls, ropes courses, and still today continues to provide assistance to establishing safe practices abroad in the U.K. and future European countries implementing their own safety standards. To date we have equipped over 500 trampoline parks with our materials worldwide, over 220 of which are full turn key installations.

 

Rudie D. Baldwin, Partner - Amaro | Baldwin

 

Rudie D. Baldwin is a founding partner of Amaro Baldwin LLP.  He represents clients in the amusement, entertainment and action-sport industries, including Six Flags Magic Mountain, Raging Waters, Boomers, SpeedZone, Big Bear Snow Play, Big Air Trampolines, and Flow Snowboards. In his spare time Mr. Baldwin is an avid surfer and musician.  He has played notable venues such as the House of Blues, the Viper Room and the Key Club.  His band was named one of the “Hot 100 Unsigned Live Bands of 2014” in Music Connection Magazine. 

 

 

Sheryl Bindelglass, CEO - SherylGolf


Sheryl is known as the ‘marketing/operations pro,’ with more than 25 years’ experience working with small to large organizations and franchises. She has broken records for sales, has won industry awards and authored numerous industry books and articles on maximizing your business opportunities. Her passion & enthusiasm for the industry is truly contagious. When the best entertainment centers need fast results, they call Sheryl. For help getting started or growing your sales, creating extraordinary guest experiences or hosting the grandest grand opening, you will want Sheryl on your team. www.sherylgolf.com 


 

Nick Booth, Managing Director & Owner - Continental Sports Ltd. 

 

Nick is the Managing Director and owner of Continental Sports Ltd of the UK - a company with a 100,000 square feet manufacturing facility and 115 employees in the UK. Continental is the largest UK manufacture of equipment for sports halls, gymnastics, physical education and competition trampolining. Since 2015 Continental have developed a range of products for trampoline parks and have now manufactured and installed the trampolines, Ninja Warrior Courses and innovative elements such as Trampoline Volleyball Courts in 25 parks across the UK.

 

Peter Brown, Managing Director - Freedome Park

 

Peter serves on the IATP Board and as the IATP UK Sub-Committee Chair. He lead the charge on the design and implementation of a British Standard as the technical author, working to ensure that parks in the UK operate at optimally safe levels. He joined the Sky Zone team in 2016 as Managing Director of the UK and European brand Freedome Parks.

 

Robert Bruck, CEO & Co-Founder - Sweet Amandas 

 

Robert co-founded Sweet Amanda's in 2012 with a vision to utilize and leverage the emerging technologies in the self-service food industry.  Having over 30 years experience in the vending machine industry and founding and operating a national candy wholesale operation for nearly 20 years, Robert’s knowledge of the candy vending space is literally unmatched.

 

His brainchild, Sweet Amanda's offers consumers an all-new exciting buying experience while capitalizing on the high-profit margins inherent in bulk goods and unique retail packaging.

 

Robert graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in marketing and business.  He enjoys golf and tennis and resides in Long Island, N.Y. with his wife and three children. He is a member of IATP’s Associate Member Committee.

 

Bob Cooney, Speaker, Mentor, Expert, Virtual Reality 

 

Bob Cooney is the world's leading authority on the location-based virtual reality (LBVR) business, having been an innovator in immersive entertainment for nearly 30 years. Bob frequently contributes to Replay Magazine as their technology editor and is a thought leader who travels the world seeking out the best and worst that virtual reality has to offer.  He is a frequent keynote speaker at VR and amusement industry conferences and is a reknowed and skilled moderator. For more information about Bob Cooney visit www.bobcooney.com 

 

Paul Cooper, President & Co-Founder - Central Parks Management LLC

 

Paul’s 20-year career in the hospitality industry has included a variety of senior level roles with both public and private hotel firms.  Paul’s roots are grounded in hotel operations; a career that began as a bellman and valet for a resort property during his college years to fund his education.  Operating and overseeing hotels for industry icon Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inn Worldwide, followed post-graduation.

Growing hotel portfolios through acquisitions, franchising and/or securing management contracts have been Paul’s focus for the majority of his career.

As the head of Franchise Development of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions for US Franchise Systems and the Hawthorn Suites brand, Paul worked with hotel legend Mike Leven, now COO of the Las Vegas Sands Company, former CEO of Holiday Inn Worldwide and the former CEO of Days Inn Hotels, as well as a roster of some of today’s top franchise industry execs.  During Paul’s years with USFS, he was one of eight franchise development directors, which grew the Hawthorn Suites brand from 18 hotels to a record, 225 franchised locations, in a short four-year span.

Dan Eberhardt, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder - Cenral Parks Management LLC

Dan Eberhardt is an established small business entrepreneur with over 25 years of growing and turning around small businesses within the Trampoline Park, Food & Beverage and Airport Concessions Industries. With Certification as a minority disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE), Dan worked with and was a group leader of, minority-owned businesses working with fellow airport business owners as well as local and state government.  Community involvement is important to Dan.  He has always been involved in youth sports and organizations that help our young people develop and gain confidence. 

Dan’s core foundation is Building and leading Teams. “Without quality leadership and a focused team, absolutely nothing happens.” Short cuts lead to long delays every time, so Dan believes you might as well build it right from the beginning-Top to Bottom.  Dan’s positive and engaging style combined with his competitive nature creates a leadership style that team members thrive and excel in.

 

Charlie Hanna, EVP - MiniMelts

 

Charlie Hanna, Executive V.P. of Mini Melts of America, Inc. Charlie has been with Mini Melts Ice Cream since 2012.   He specializes in strategic growth platforms and partnerships for Mini Melts Ice Cream. Currently, he is the Chairperson for both the Associate Member Committee and Membership Committee for IATP.

 

Prior to joining the Mini Melts Team, Charlie earned his Bachelors Degree from Penn State University. After college, Charlie worked in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry for 10 years.

 

Charlie is diehard sports fan, especially for his hometown Philadelphia Eagles.  He enjoys playing golf with his two children Taylor and Carson.

 

 Darren Hedges, Owner and Co-Founder - AirHop

 

Darren traded financial markets in London for 20 years before opening one of the first trampoline parks in the UK in June 2014. He and his business partner now have 7 parks spread across the UK, Sweden and Germany. He sits on the board of the IATP in the US and was one of the founding members of the UK sub committee.

 

Jim Howell, President and Co-Owner - Perky's Pizza 

 

Jim is a veteran foodservice executive, with years of experience in every phase of foodservice development, operations, marketing, management, and ownership. He started his career in pizza with Domino’s Pizza domestically and concluded with them by living in France for 5 years to open and develop the brand in Europe. Then with the bagel craze in full swing, he bought the franchise rights to Bruegger’s Bagels in Cincinnati. He opened 13 locations, which were eventually bought out. From there, he moved to Italy to open a chain of pizza delivery stores. He was part of the ownership group that developed the Tipico Pizza Chain. It grew to 45 locations, and then he sold his shares and returned to the USA. Jim is the President and co-owner of Perky’s Pizza and co-founder of John Daly Pizza. He has been at Perky’s Pizza since 1999. He has overseen the expansion and re-branding of Perky’s Pizza to position it as the premiere pizza company in non-traditional venues. He has worked with owners and managers in almost every conceivable venue, and in more than 20 countries.

 

 

Phillip Howell, CEO - Best American Trampolines

 

Phillip Howell is the President and CEO of Best American Trampolines/Best American Amusement Group. He proudly served as a founding IATP board member from 2012-2016. He has also contributed to the evolution of the trampoline park industry by providing innovative park designs and cutting-edge attractions that have transformed trampoline parks to entertainment centers that encourage healthy fun for the whole family.

Best American has maintained its reputation as a leader in the trampoline park industry by providing a superior American made product and by cultivating and maintaining lasting relationships with independent clients and trampoline park franchise groups which include Rockin’ Jump, House of Air, and AirTime.

 


Sherry Howell - CenterEdge 

 

Sherry Howell serves as the Brand Engagement Director for CenterEdge Software where she works tirelessly as a client advocate and provides valuable content and tools to help improve the day-to-day business of CenterEdge clients.  She has trained and coached teachers, trainers and family entertainment center teams both in the US and internationally since 2008 in areas such as sales, guest service, training and adult learning, leadership and more. She has also spoken at IAAPA, IATP, IATP UK, Euro Attractions Show (EAS) and several regional educational seminars in varied entertainment and amusement industries.


Wayne Jewell, President & CEO - Trampolines Unlimited

 

Wayne received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Northrop University in 1970 and a Master’s Degree from the Guidance & Control Department of Stanford University in 1976.  As Senior Research Engineer for a cutting-edge aerospace company, he managed many multi-million dollar projects for the US Navy, NASA, and private contractors.  His primary fields of expertise include developing math models of complex dynamic systems and all facets of real-time, pilot / vehicle simulation. 

Wayne has been bouncing on trampolines for over 50 years!  He competed in both gymnastics and diving, and used the trampoline as a training tool for both of these sports.  His passion for the sport, and his desire to remain in touch with the gymnastics & trampoline community led him to create Trampolines Unlimited in 1975.

Bringing a truly unique combination of passion and skill in the fields of engineering and trampolines, Wayne was able to deliver a series of innovations to the industry, including the open-ended tumbling trampoline in 1981 (aka Rocket-Track) and a low-impact vaulting board (aka Air-O-Board) in 1995.  Wayne jumped at the opportunity to design his first trampoline park in 2007, and has introduced a steady stream of industry-leading innovations and designs, which has positioned TUI as a leading player in the trampoline park industry.

Wayne helped with the development of the ASTM Standard for Trampoline Parks (F-2970), and is a founding member of the IATP.

 

Jeffrey W. Johnson, Founder - The Johnson Law Group

 

Jeffrey W. Johnson is the founder of the Johnson Law Group. Mr. Johnson is rated AV by Martindale.  He is the current President of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA).  

For the last several years, he has been a Board of Director of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA).  

 

He has extensive litigation and jury trial experience in the areas of general tort liability.  He has defended actions involving wrongful death, personal injury, premises liability, product liability, auto and commercial transportation liability, and construction defect related claims since 1987. Mr. Johnson’s experience includes jury trials for the amusement industry, restaurant and retail industry, and auto and commercial transportation industry.

 

Mr. Johnson is admitted to practice before The Florida Bar.  He is an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI); Council for Litigation Management (CLM);  International Association of Amusement and Parks and Attractions (IAAPA); Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA); Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA); Housing Authorities Insurance Group (HAI); National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association (NRRDA); Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association.  He has spoken at conferences throughout the United States. He currently represents one of the largest privately owned amusement company in the United States in their litigation throughout the State of Florida.

 

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He is admitted to practice in all trial and appellate courts in the State of Florida, as well as the U.S. District Court (Southern and Middle Districts of Florida).

 

 

Armando Lanuti, President - Creative Works 

 

Armando has more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including operations, consulting, marketing, product development, and sales management. He has a unique perspective, having worked as both an operator and a vendor. This perspective allows him to help facility owners grow their businesses and differentiate themselves from competitors. Armando is a huge technology geek, an avid consumer of audiobooks, and he’s always looking for ways to inspire his team.

 

Russ Van Natta, Vice President of Sales - Creative Works 


Creative Works Vice President of Sales Russ Van Natta has worked with over 230 locations on various attractions mixes, staff cultivation and training, operating best practices, and more. Over the last 10 years, he has worked as a consultant for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies alike, covering infrastructure, sales, marketing, and design. Having worked previously as an operator and now as a vendor, he holds a unique perspective on the industry. Russ is a relationship builder and finds ways to connect with operators all over the world. His goal is to help business owners grow and become more profitable.

 

Elliott Levitt - BagJump 


Josh Liebman - Amusement Advantage 

 

With 13 years of experience in the Theme Parks & Attractions Industry, Joshua specializes in guest experience training, service recovery, mystery shopping, efficiency enhancements, guest feedback analysis, and quality assurance consulting.  Joshua’s expertise includes harnessing guest satisfaction and converting it to loyalty, along with recovering from some of the most complex service failure scenarios. Joshua’s role as Director of Business Development for Amusement Advantage, Inc. has enabled numerous attractions to improve how the experience they provide for their guests, turn dissatisfied guests back into loyal visitors, and enhance overall business operations.

 

Joshua’s experience in the Attractions Industry includes 13 years of attractions operations, guest service communications, retail management, facility operations, and operational consulting.  Joshua has worked for some of the top attraction operators in the world, including, but not limited to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Merlin Entertainments, and Cedar Fair.  Joshua has been integral to the openings of multiple attractions in various leadership capacities.  His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Theme Parks and Attractions Management, along with a Master’s Degree in Hospitality & Tourism, both from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

 

Amusement Advantage was founded in 1996 and is based in Arvada, CO.  Amusement Advantage works with over 500 attractions across the US and Canada, and is the only mystery shop company that works exclusively with the Attractions Industry.  Joshua launched Amusement Advantage’s consulting division in 2015, offering a variety of new programs and services that help attractions improve their guest experience and their reputation within the industry.

 


Joris Naalden, CEO - Jump XL

 

Joris Naalden, a former M&A adviser with a background in corporate law and in-house strategy consulting / banking, made his move into the trampoline park early 2017 and now puts his deal making and negotiation skills to use in executing Jump XL’s rapid European expansion strategy. Joris heads Jump XL’s HQ (based in the Netherlands) in re-shaping the Jump XL organization from a franchise-based formula into a centrally-led organization that fully owns all the parks that are operating under the Jump XL brand. In the first phase in its international roll-out (December ’17 – May ’18) Jump XL has added 6 parks to its international network.

 

Mark Oliver, VP Business Development, G-Commerce - Central Parks Management LLC 

 

G-Commerce’s VP of Business Development, Mark Oliver brings more than 10 years experience in the hotel industry and over 15 years in e-commerce and internet marketing. Mark leads the sales and business development teams and oversees the strategic growth of GCommerce’s client base. Prior to GCommerce, Mark held a leadership role with EveryScape where he was in charge of launching their award winning visual technology to the hospitality industry, educating the industry on its unique visual selling capabilities and managing the team sales. Before EveryScape Mark worked at NetSuite where he was on the initial corporate sales team that helped launch NetSuite’s leading integrated web-based business software suite to large corporations.

Wayne Pierce, Adventure Lawyer - The Pierce Law Firm

 

Frank Price - FL Price

 

Jerry Raymond, Founder - Sky High Sports

 

 

Ed Reed, VP of Construction - JumpStreet


Ed has been involved in the indoor trampoline park industry since 2008. He is one of the founding board members of IATP and an original member of the ASTM subcommittee that developed F2970-13 for the design, manufacture and installation of indoor trampoline parks. Ed currently serves as the Vice Chair of the ASTM Task Group. He currently serves as the IATP Secretary-Treasurer and Certification Chair. Mr. Reed worked diligently to assist in the development of IATP Service Tech Certification. He has overseen the expansion and construction of 20 Jumpstreet locations in 8 states, and has been instrumental in developing policy and negotiating trampoline park regulation in several states.  

 

Matt Rehnstrom - Extreme Engineering

 

 

Stephanie Ruby, Director of Marketing - International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) 


Stephanie is a digital marketing and communications specialist. She has worked with organizations ranging from Michelin Star-rated restaurant groups to U.S. Congressional races to international nonprofits, helping identify and leverage authentic brand voices across many different platforms and social media channels. She is a natural storyteller who believes that engaging, organic content builds brand loyalty by aligning perceptions and realities. She holds a B.A. from the University of Florida and is currently based in Pennsylvania

 

Russ Savrann, CEO & Co-Founder - Central Parks Management LLC.

 

Russell “Russ” Savrann has thirty years of business law experience focused on the hospitality industry. Half of his career was in senior management and legal positions with a national casual dining restaurant chain and with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Russ is a founding principal of Sandman Savrann PLLC a law firm dedicated to the hospitality industry. No stranger to operations he is also a founding principal of Retro Hospitality LLC, a hotel industry management company focused on non-branded boutique hotels with a mission to introduce sustainable practices. Russ also is a co-founder of  Box-Spa,  a modular spa alternative for hotels, multi-family, marina, resort and club applications.


Dave Schaeffer, Co-Founder - House of Air


In 2010 Dave made use of his extensive background in action sports and trampoline instruction to open House of Air, an indoor trampoline park located in a historic military aircraft hanger in the Presidio of San Francisco.  Since then, House of Air has continued to be a pioneer in trampoline training and instruction and has pushed the envelope in innovative trampoline equipment.  Dave is an original member of the ASTM subcommittee on trampoline courts and a founding board member and current Chairman of the IATP.  He enjoys surfing and ice cream, but not at the same time.

 

Randy Seffren, Chief Fun Officer - Helium

 

Randy is President & Chief Fun Officer of Helium Trampoline & Indoor Adventure Parks.  Helium has a strong history of innovating and testing new attractions and food & beverage offerings to help enhance the guest experience 

Randy is also President of Adventure Attraction Associates, a key supplier of attractions & design to Trampoline & Family Entertainment Centers which includes consultation for Food & Beverage offerings.

A native of Chicago, and not a Bears fan, Randy’s background is in new product development in the fitness industry bringing more than 200 products to market on behalf of Reebok, Life Fitness and other leading commercial and consumer brands.

Klaas Marten Siderius, Co-Owner & Managing Director - Sidijk BV

 

At Sidijk we work every day with passion on air and foam filled products for leisure, sport and industry. Our 105 employees are based in our modern production and office facility in Heerenveen, The Netherlands. Our broad variety of products – e.g. trampoline parks, ninja courses, indoor playgrounds – are installed all over the world. Klaas is responsible for the Sales & Marketing of Sidijk. He is a customer focused sales and marketing professional with a friendly and personable approach. He has a wide market and product knowledge and the ability to listen carefully to client requirements. www.sidijk.com / www.sidijk-trampolineparks.com

 

Phil Slaggert - Slaggert Risk Management

 

Harry Stevens - Rugged Interactive


Harry is Rugged’s Joint-MD and Commercial Director, who joined Rugged Interactive in 2011 after a varied business career in the Leisure, IT and Advertising industries. A Spanish and Russian speaker, Harry worked in business development and operations in the UK, France, Russia, and Holland before setting up a Family Entertainment Centre in Bristol, which he still owns (although he leaves the day to day management to others!)

 

Together Simon and Harry have built Rugged Interactive into a fast-growing technology business which now supplies companies and individuals all around the world. Their ‘FreeStyle Duo' reaction walls, TrailBlazer climbing walls, DodgeAttack target systems and High-9 height challenges are now in well over 150 trampoline parks in 5 continents, making them arguably, the number 1 interactive technology producer in this sector.


Simon Wilkinson - Absorb 

 

An established leisure sector manager, Simon Wilkinson joined the UK trampoline park market at its inception in June 2014 and quickly started working with other park operators to establish what is now known as the UK Subcommittee of the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP). For the last 2 years Simon has been a consultant to the European trampoline park industry under the brand Absorb Park Support, consulting on the design and build of over 10 parks, while offering a number of training and support services to many more.


As a board member of the UK IATP, Simon has campaigned for safer operating standards in trampoline parks, developed a global standard for injury classification, and developed a comparative platform for park operators across the world to benchmark their injury prevention strategy outcomes.

As a serial learner, Simon has studied law with the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX), media production, and an applied psychology degree, focussed on learning, management and influence. In his downtime, Simon is a keen skier and a respected member of the International Snowsport Instructors Association.

 

Joe Hassinger - Galloway Law Firm

 

Joe Hassinger is a director of the Galloway law firm, which is based in New Orleans, with offices throughout Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Missouri. Galloway just opened its newest office here in Ft. Lauderdale. Joe has been defending the amusement, recreation and leisure industry for 25 years. He is a board member of IALDA, The International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association (www.ialda.org).  Joe can be contacted at jhassinger@gallowaylawfirm.comwww.gallowaylawfirm.com.

 

 


 

 


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