No Seminar Program has Resulted in More Successful Entertainment Projects

An essential part of any location-based entertainment business is its suppliers and vendors. The following companies are our sponsors who have helped us underwrite Foundations:

Platinum Sponsors

Betson Enterprises is the world's leading distributor of coin-operated amusement and vending equipment, service and parts. With over 80 years of experience and leadership in the coin-operated industry, we will help you make informed decisions that are best for your business.

Betson offers entertainment and vending solutions for your business through our relationships with the operator and all sectors of the family entertainment center community. For locations looking for a simple and profitable solution or vendors looking for equipment that fits any situation, Betson can help you.

Betson Enterprises, a division of H. Betti Industries, Inc., with 14 distribution offices located across the United States, offers amusement, music, prize merchandisers, and vending equipment. Betson also distributes coin-operated parts, provides technical service and repair, and customized financing, including long term monthly leases that are very attractive.

Contact us at,  or 1.800.524-2343.

Embed is a worldwide supplier of point of sale and revenue management systems for the amusement, entertainment and leisure industries. As a leader in the market, Embed delivers a well-rounded set of tools designed to manage all areas of any entertainment facility. Our focus is on enhancing site revenues through the use of cashless payment systems, value-added packages, guest membership and loyalty programs, full redemption management, access control, integrated and automated reporting to provide operators full control of their locations.

By offering location operators a full portfolio of revenue management systems, point of sale solutions, debit card and ticketing solutions, FEC business reporting and redemption counter solutions in addition to connections for electronic locker systems, amusement games, video games, redemption games and arcade games, Embed is able to deliver a high level of satisfaction across many consumer touch points. Our parent company Helix Leisure allows operators to avoid the complexity and risk of dealing with lots of individual suppliers and service providers.

Contact us at or via e-mail at

U.S. Bowling Corporation sells and installs bowling center packages world wide. As the largest independent builder of Family Entertainment Centers in the U.S. we have become the premier vendor for all of your bowling needs. We are able to build "State of the Art" bowling center complex's using the best equipment available in the market today. This is possible by selecting from different Manufacturers that provide the latest in technology and the highest performing equipment available.

We are one of the only manufacturer's that gives you, the proprietor, the choice to pick and choose your products that will be custom to your new center. Not any one manufacture has the best of all products in there product line, as well, they do not give you a choice of various style and products, that is what makes U.S. Bowling the preferred choice for bowling equipment!

Why buy from U.S. Bowling Corporation?

  • Most reliable & efficient sales & service!
  • Best value for your dollar!
  • We react faster than any other major manufacturer
  • Full Range of the best product lines in the industry
  • Multi-Million dollar inventory of pinsetters, parts & supplies for total customer support!
  • Most liberal product warranties in the industry!
  • All Mechanics, installers & support staff are factory trained & certified!
  • 7-Day a week customer service!
  • We think outside the box!
  • We provide a total entertainment solution!
  • We provide customer Satisfaction!!!!!

Visit U.S. Bowling at

Gold Sponsors

ALL KIDS PLAY DESIGNS is a division of an American company which is the exclusive North and South American Retail Distributor for CHEER AMUSEMENT Products. This dynamic Partnership with the largest Soft Contained Play and Family Entertainment manufacturer in the world gives ALL KIDS PLAY DESIGNS a unique ability to Design, Install and Service our North and South American Clients. Together with CHEER, we have designed and/ or installed over $ 123,000,000 of Projects in North America alone. We are worldwide leaders in Safety and Compliance! At ALL KIDS PLAY DESIGNS, our Principals have over 75 years of combined experience in Family Entertainment Center Design, Installation and Operation. In fact, we helped design one of the first Family Entertainment Centers ever built in Danbury, Connecticut in 1984!

CHEER AMUSEMENT is the world’s largest manufacture of Soft Contained Play Units, Inflatables, Trampolines, Ninja and High Ropes Challenge Courses and themed Climbing Walls. CHEER is located in Nanjing, the former capital of China and employs over 2,600 people, whose passion for excellence has helped make CHEER the vast company it is today. CHEER AMUSEMENT has over 600,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space and has become an industry powerhouse of design, innovation and quality manufacturing. CHEER has thousands of customers around the globe with offices in Europe, Asia and the UAE. CHEER AMUSEMENT also owns and operates over 100 of their own play centers located in shopping centers all across China and Europe- so they know what it takes to run a successful business.

To learn more, visit or contact us at, 973-769-2083.

American Changer is an award-winning developer and leading manufacturer of innovative bill changers and token dispensers. We manufacture bill-to-coin and bill-to-bill changers, cash & credit/debit card token dispensers and pre-valued card dispensers. Our extensive product line also includes ticket dispensers and currency & coin counters. We market our products and services, in several industries, throughout the world.

All of our machines are manufactured in the United States utilizing the latest equipment and technology. We can design and customize our products to accommodate any customer needs and manufacture your order utilizing the best materials and electronics. Our Customer Service department is available to assist you as long as you own our machines and our Quality Control process is extensive. All of our machines must pass a "91 point" inspection prior to shipment and everything is designed, manufactured, painted and assembled in our factory, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To see our full product line, please visit our website at or call us at 800-741-9840 for more information.

With nearly 50 years as a manufacturer, operator, builder and supplier to the Family Entertainment Center industry (FEC), we know what it takes to make great attractions. We offer everything from GoKarts, Ultimate Trainer Pitching Machines, Big Kick Soccer Machines, Bumper Boats, Bumper Cars, Fiberglass Animals, Championship Miniature Golf Courses and the best parts supply, customer service, and technical support around. Contact us at or phone 423.892-7264 / 800.438-3558

Apple Industries is home of the best, most advanced photo booths in the world! We are always engineering new, innovative photo booths to add to our award-winning product line. We design unique photo booths for FECs, bars and restaurants, movie theatres, event planners, route operators, various location owners and consumers. We have created the revolutionary Smile 2.0 technology that allows consumers to print and share photos directly from the booth to their social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram. Our products are immersive, cutting-edge, and produce some of the highest quality photos in the industry. With creative new programs, such as Product Fulfillment, and our growing library of Licensed Content, as well as nearly 50 years of experience in the pay for play amusement industry, Apple Industries has become the leading photo booth manufacturer in the world, and has built the most popular, profitable line of photo booths ever. Learn more about us and our product line at

Grown directly from venue operations, CenterEdge Software delivers real world solutions to meet the everyday needs of entertainment facility owners and managers.  Backed by a team well versed in the industries they serve, the CenterEdge product suite offers solutions for point of sale, online sales, group and party reservations, labor management, capacity scheduling, food and beverage sales, attractions management, mobile transactions and more.  Headquartered in North Carolina, CenterEdge Software has been redefining the successful operation of family entertainment centers, trampoline parks, water parks, museums, roller skating rinks, and large-scale amusement parks across the country since 2004.  CenterEdge delivers turn-key system solutions including software, hardware, training and on-site implementation.  For additional information on CenterEdge or to schedule an obligation-free system demonstration, please contact the company at 336-598-5934 or visit the web site at

Creative Works is a full service theme creator and prop builder for the entertainment industry specializing in the development of immersive environments, such as black light mini golf courses, laser tag attractions, small footprint attractions like Lazer Frenzy laser maze and touch sensor game, Atomic Rush, themed bowling and skating centers, lobby props, and much more. We focus our efforts on providing themed attractions and décor, building custom entry facades, fabricating props, and creating stunning 3D imagery throughout the entertainment facility to immerse your guests in the overall atmosphere.

We excel in managing themed projects from concept to completion. Our 20,000 square foot production facility, known as the "Theme Factory", combined with our talented sketch artists, graphic designers, sculptors, craftsmen, and airbrush artists enable us to handle any size project whether large or small. With over 15 years of experience and clients all over the world, we have earned a solid reputation as a visionary company with innovative approaches, affordable solutions, and quality products

Deltronic Labs, Inc. is a small family owned and operated company started by Stephen Horniak Sr. in the early sixties. During the first years of the company's existence, the focus was mainly design and production of various electronic and electro-mechanical devices ranging from simple timing devices to ultra-sensitive meters and gauges. We incorporated in 1968 and began our journey into the coin-operated amusement and family entertainment industry. One of Deltronic Labs' first endeavors in this industry involved designing and producing the first solid state electronics for the already popular electro-mechanical Skee Ball™ alleys. Soon after, a modular, cost effective, electronically controlled ticket dispenser was developed to replace bulky, mechanical dispensers in existing popular “Redemption” games from companies like Bob's Space Racers™. As redemption continued to grow, the need for tools to help streamline the process and convert non-redemption games was evident. Interface solutions and the industry workhorse Ticket Eater™ were developed to help. Although, our main focus is on the amusement industry, we have designed and manufactured many types of electro-mechanical components, microprocessor controlled mechanisms, hardware and software for various industries.

Today, the popularity of Ticket Redemption amusement games remains constant. In our over thirty years in one business, we have earned an excellent reputation for reliable products and exceptional customer service. We appreciate the confidence and trust our customer, both old and new, place in us and look forward to continuing to build on these relationships.

For more information, please visit us on the web at

DFX specializes in audio, video, lighting, and automation solutions. Our services include sales, installation, system design and integration, rental, theater and event production, service, and repair. We work with bowling and entertainment centers, houses of worship, schools and universities, theaters, as well as corporate and special events. We are local to the greater Philadelphia area, but our projects span the entire globe.

Our Install, Rental, and Service departments are equipped to handle all of your A/V and lighting needs, backed by our experienced team of project managers and technicians.

No job is too big or too small, so give us a call with your project today!

FetchRev generates Repeat Revenue and Return Foot Traffic for local businesses with Fully Automated Direct Response Marketing. Thousands of local businesses and franchises around the U.S. love our software and its time-saving, money-making results.

Our Fully Automated Marketing platform individually targets our merchants' past customers with direct response purchasable or claimable offers across multiple digital channels - Email, Facebook, Twitter, Text, Website - and makes it easy for them to say YES!

Funovation was born out of the desire to delight people through fun and exciting attractions while being highly profitable for the operator. Its framework in accomplishing this is to create heart-pounding, addictive attractions that require brain and brawn. Funovation's premier attraction is the Laser Maze Challenge®. The Laser Maze Challenge invites players to “step into the game” for an immersive, action-packed experience unlike any other! Using agility, quick thinking, and speed, players must navigate their way through a field of laser beams in the quickest time possible, while engaging Mission Objectives along the way. Funovation’s Laser Mazes have helped create more than 47,000,000 smiles throughout 29 countries and counting.

For more information on Funovation, please visit: or call +1-303-996-0294

Indiana Ticket Company has proudly served the entertainment and amusement industry since 1937. Our products include Redemption Tickets, Tickets for Admission and Cash Control, Wristbands, Direct Thermal P.O.S. Tickets and other Printed Promotional Materials.

Thanks to our employees, we are able to achieve our daily goals to provide consistent quality and unbeatable service. We look forward to working with you. Please contact our office with any questions.

Phone: (800)428.8640 Fax: (888)428.8640

Party Center Software is the number 1 online booking and event management system in the world. Our software is used by hundreds of facilities in more than 10 countries. As past operators, we understand the nuances of running an entertainment facility, and we have built unique features to make your lives easier. With our software, you can streamline the party booking process, increase add-on revenue, save money on labor, and manage your facility from anywhere in the world. 

Parents are constantly on the move, and they are accessing the Internet from their mobile devices more often than from their computer. So we built our online system with mobile responsive design. This means that the content will automatically adjust to any size screen, on any device, to deliver the best user experience.

Online party booking is a crucial tool for success in the entertainment industry as it allows customers to book parties and events from your website, 24/7. For our clients, almost 40% of their birthday parties are booked online - and a great deal of those online parties are booked outside operating hours. What would you give to capture party revenue when you're not open to answer phones?

To learn more, visit or contact us at, Toll Free: 888-804-1166, and for Direct Sales: 916-978-1111.

Founded in 1932 by Jonah Sterling, Sterling & Sterling today employs 125+ people and maintains a sales force of 20. We are ranked among the nation's top 100 privately held insurance brokerages and have grown to become one of the largest in the New York metropolitan area, with premiums topping $200 million.

Our clients are regional, national, and international operations who benefit from such service offerings as, but not limited to:

  • Property and casualty insurance
  • Employee benefits
  • Risk management
  • Loss control
  • Claims management
  • Premium financing
  • Estate planning

Much of our firm's most significant growth has occurred in recent years, not through acquisitions, but through referrals from satisfied clients. The companies we serve view us as experts within the industry and appreciate our commitment to provide the best coverage at a fair price.

At Sterling & Sterling, our expertise reaches far beyond the insurance market. We know the businesses and industries we serve, and the markets in which they operate. We understand their unique insurance needs and how to match those needs with the right insurance carrier and policy. It's why some companies have been with us for more than 30 years, and it's the foundation of our continued strong growth.

So now you are in, or you want to be in, The Fun Business? This means that one of the most important supplies that you need is all of that “Fun Stuff”!

Whether you are a new facility or a seasoned operation, Sureshot Redemption/Party Supplies is your source for a wide selection of Fun product for your facility. Some of the merchandise we offer:

  • Redemption Toys and Novelties
  • Custom Logo Product
  • Party Goody Bags
  • Party Tableware – licensed and generic
  • Candy & Candy Kits
  • Crane & Merchandiser Kits
  • Plush
  • High-End and Licensed Character Electronics
  • Unique Gifts
  • Light-ups and glow products
  • Games , including lots of board games
  • Redemption Display Supplies and Aides

We can completely stock your redemption area with the latest and greatest merchandise for your counters and your back walls. We can also provide you with all of the components for your birthday parties and special events; everything from goody bags to tableware, to party decorations and gifts. Want something you don't see in our 144 page catalog? Call us and there is a good chance we can find it for you.

Plus, we will be more than happy to share our experience to help make your operation successful. “Stump the Staff” is one of the best games we play here at Sureshot. We like winning and we like helping all of our customers to be winners too.

Sureshot Redemption, a division of The Foland Group, is located in Ontario, California, and can be contacted @ 1-888-887-8738 or check them out on the web @

Laser Tag Games are more than a product they are an experience that must be enjoyed and at ZONE with over 20 years' experience we know how to bring the fun into interactive entertainment. Zone lasertag equipment is utilized in a broad spectrum of family entertainment centers (FEC's) including bowling, skating, stand-alone, bounce / inflatable and play centers.

What other company has credentials like 650+ sites sold, almost 3 million players a month, 50 full time staff, 24/7 operations and 24/7 world wide support in 7 languages, bumper to bumper warranty, multiple company stores and more marketing material available free than many of our competitors combined.

Only the ZONE can provide you with solutions and packages to suit "YOUR" needs. With ZONE there is no need to compromise on quality, features, price, or even finance. We have it all in one of our many package options. Contact Zone Sales at 866-966-3797 or visit for more details.

Endorsement Sponsors

Birthday University has been touring internationally for the past six years, assisting thousands of business with the knowledge and tools to produce remarkable and profitable birthday parties. Birthday Party programs continue to play a major role in the success of all family oriented businesses. Attendees agree, a new, out of the box approach to their party concept, gives them a competitive advantage and allows them to charge a value packed price that's profitable and a win for all.

Birthday University workshops are presented in a high energy, fun and interactive format. Attendees leave with new ideas, insightful thinking and the details to put it in, all while making new friends and having a great time.

Course Highlights

  • Understanding the true meaning of a child's birthday
  • Designing your own unique party concept
  • New ideas and tools to "WOW" party guests
  • Delivering better birthday parties
  • Fun and exciting - you'll live the experience

"As the bar gets raised, more and more companies will be delivering higher quality birthday parties that set them apart from the pack. Those that fail to keep pace, will be forced to compete on this level with an inferior product. Birthdays are far too important and too emotional for families to be satisfied with a low priced, poorly run ... cattle call." States Frank Price, founder and educator of Birthday University.

Here's what BU alumni have been saying:


"Having been operators of Family Entertainment Center business' for two generations, we have become acutely aware of the fact that success requires alignment with the best the industry has to offer. Frank Price and his Birthday University program are the best example of taking "One thing and doing it perfectly" and it shows on the bottom line." Chad Cook , Freedom Station Family Fun Centers, Featuring "Hero's The Party Experience", Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

"BU was the single most important seminar I have attended for my whole business, not just birthdays. I now know the main purpose for being in the entertainment industry!" Todd Tomlin Max & Vito's Plano TX

"Birthday University reemphasized how special a birthday is for the child and parent and gave us ideas how to make it extra special for everyone." Scott Hodge Roger Dean Stadium Jupitor FL

"BU gave me a whole new perspective on creating a memorable day for a child." Kathy Fender Ashville's Fun Depot Ashville NC

"Frank is a tremendous resource and openly shares his knowledge and experience in all aspects of the business of birthday parties." Camron Franklin Lexington KT

Play Meter magazine is the leading trade publication for the coin-operated entertainment industry since 1974.

Play Meter is available on by subscription. We cover the industry every month with new product descriptions, interviews, company profiles, industry trends, FEC info, game reviews, tax tips, travel info and more! If you seek insider info an any of the above, you've come to the right place.