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Covid Safety Round Table: Planning for success in 2021, NOW!
with Spencer Terry and Guests
Planning for success in 2021, NOW!—Expert advice from home haunts, farms, trails, drive throughs, & major indoor attractions
30-45 min class with Q&A afterwards
Join industry leaders (large indoor attraction operators, drive throughs, home haunts, massive haunted trails and European haunters), as they discuss their trials and learning moments of 2020, strategies and plans for 2021, and overall discussions to ensure 2021's success for our industry. Panelists include: 1) Spencer Terry* of Fear Factory, industry Covid safety leader, and massive 6 building attraction operator, 2) Alexis Garcia* of Soul Screams in Puerto Rico, who launched a drive through attraction to combat covid, 3) Jeff Davis of Davis Graveyard, one of the industry's leading home haunters, 4) Eddie McLaurin* of Woods of Terror who operates an extensive haunted trail attraction, and 5) Mikey Stuart, the UK's comprehensive haunted attraction guru and ScareTrack podcast moderator, 6) Cameron Andelin of Andelin Family Farms, a year-round agriculture business with a large Halloween attraction and 7) meticulously moderated by Philip Hernandez, Founder of Haunted Attraction Network and Gantom Lighting CEO, who documented the pivoting of our industry in 2020. This 1.5 hour deep dive panel is designed to have a vast amount of diversity, knowledge and experience, to help every single corner of our attraction operating industry be best prepared for 2021! *=Haunted Attraction Association Board Member
Spencer Terry is currently the General Manager of Fear Factory Haunted House in Salt Lake City, Utah U.S.A. and serves as a Haunted Attraction Association board member and has previously been a consultant in the retail, human resources, business, hospitality and non-profit fields for over a decade. With several rides, 6 buildings of terror, over 65,000 attendees annually, and a combined cast/staff of over 250, he’s proud to call Fear Factory home. Prior to his role there, he spent nearly 20 years in the hospitality, non-profit, residential management, retail and corporate HR worlds, ranging from positions in the C-Suite, to EVP of Retail Operations, Executive Director, Operations Director, and more. Spencer founded Gateway of Chaos haunted attraction-a 100% non-profit haunt with 50 volunteers, and has been an avid haunter, and home haunter, since he was seven years old. As a private consultant and keynote speaker (see spencerterry.com) for nearly all of the field’s he has worked in, a former city councilman, volunteer firefighter, and an educator/presenter at over 10 universities and 15 school districts, plus his education in business and human resources, he combines his experience and knowledge in a passionate way that has helped maximize the goals of Fear Factory Haunted House to continue to be a heavily awarded attraction, and one of the best attractions in their industry (Legendary Haunt Tour Award recipient). Spencer is dedicated to making the haunted and entertainment industry stronger and more collaborative. When he has time to breathe, he's an avid Utah mountains lover, outdoors enthusiast, gardener, family man, life coach, volunteer and owns his own bottling & brewing company, Mountain High Chai.
Jeff and Chris Davis, and their talented crew, are the creators of The Davis Graveyard, a popular Halloween yard display in Milwaukie Oregon, which has been in operation for over 20 years. They are very active in their community in Milwaukie. They coordinate summer concerts, chair their neighborhood association, decorate city hall for Halloween, coordinate a scarecrow contest, and promote their display in holiday parades. They volunteer on several boards and committees in the city that involve art and creativity within the community and have been recognized for their involvement for the past 30 years. As the nation’s largest and most detailed cemetery-themed yard haunt, the display has won several awards. It has been featured in magazines, as well as showcased in FearNet.com’s “Haunts Across America” series. Jeff and Chris along with their crew were tapped to help with ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” of Nightmare Factory in Salem, Oregon, where they created hundreds of cinderblock walls and aged brick hallways and rooms out of foam. They offer seminars and teach local workshops, sharing their prop building techniques during the summer at their home shop. They also volunteer as hands-on-workshop coordinators and do live scene builds for HAuNTcon and are on the board of directors and volunteer to run the 501c3 West Coast Haunters Convention.
Mikey Stuart is the founder and presenter of The ScareTrack podcast, the UK’s first podcast showcasing the scare attraction and haunted house industry. Since ScareTrack’s inception in 2015, the team have visited and reviewed multiple haunts, scream parks and scare events across the UK and Europe. The podcast also delivers in-depth interviews with haunt operators and designers from both sides of the pond. Prior to ScareTrack Mikey obtained an honors degree in Theatre, establishing his own haunt company creating immersive spooky experiences for families with young children. Pulling from his experience running a large scale FEC (Family Entertainment Centre) Mikey has developed skills in events management, marketing and promotions in which he utilizes when creating and developing attractions. In his spare time Mikey enjoys the escapism of theme park trips, catching up on the latest wrestling news and spending time with his wife and
Cameron Andelin and his wife Natalie Andelin own and operate Andelin Family Farm in Sparks Nevada. They began the business in 2010 on the farm that had been in the family for decades. They hold an annual fall festival with pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, farm animals and more. Their Corn Creepers haunted attraction is a haunted trail through 2 acres of 10 foot tall corn and has become one of their most popular and attended attractions at the farm each year. 7 years ago Corn creepers started as a 1 night sideshow in the corn maze. Now it is one of the main reasons people come back to the farm every fall.
My name is Eddie McLaurin and I have been operating Woods of Terror since 1991 and I am coming up on the 30th season. It is shocking and surprise that it is still running after 30 years, I never knew it would be this big. I know a little bit about a lot and I am working on becoming an expert on the business part. I can and have scared allot of people in the last 30 years.