George Smith | President
George has been in the entertainment and amusement business for more than thirty years. During his industry tenure he has been involved in all facets of facilities operations and management. Currently, Mr. Smith is President/CEO of Family Entertainment Group/Skymart and Chief Operating Officer of IVC Interactive Vending Corporation.
2014 – Co-Founder of Face to Face Entertainment Conferences F2FEC and is known in the industry as one of the Three Amigos. Conferences aimed at the owners and senior management of the top FEC’s and parks in the industry.
2004-Present – Mr. Smith is President/CEO of Family Entertainment Group/CCME and Chief Operating Officer of IVC Interactive Vending Corporation.
2004-2007 – Mr. Smith was Senior Vice President Business Development with Animaland Inc., a leader in the interactive plush toy market.
2003-2004 – Mr. Smith was Chief Operating Officer of Paradigm Entertainment.
1998-2003 – Mr. Smith was Vice President of Business Development for Namco Cybertainment Inc., the largest operator of amusement facilities in the United States. He oversaw the expansion of new business development from inception to operation in over 1,100 facilities including close operating relationships with Disney, McDonald’s, AMC Theatres, MGM Casinos and over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Operations covered 48 states and Puerto Rico. Mr. Smith oversaw the growth of this division into Namco’s largest subsidiary.
1992-1998 – Mr. Smith was Vice President of Operations for Namco. His responsibilities included all facets of day-to-day facility management including the operation of nearly 500 stores. He also assisted in the acquisition of many companies and related businesses.
Prior to joining Namco Mr. Smith was Sales Manager with Nancy Sales, the largest provider of toys and novelties to the amusement business. In this capacity Mr. Smith created new markets and affirmed alliances with the largest amusement park operators.
From 1978-1990 –, Mr. Smith held many positions with Dream Machine, a privately owned and operated company in Boston, Massachusetts. Dream Machine operated amusement facilities in malls and vacation locations along the eastern seaboard. During this time, Mr. Smith was Director of Technical Services, Fleet Management, Purchasing and Regional Management.
Mr. Smith is also the past President of the International Association for Leisure and Entertainment Industries. During his term, Mr. Smith made alliances with the Amusement and Music Operators of America and the American Amusement Manufacturers Association. This culminated in the joint purchase of the FunExpo Amusement Show. Mr. Smith was Secretary for many years of the Leisure and Entertainment Trade Show Association. He is currently on the FEC committee for IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) the largest amusement trade organization in the world, Vice President of the AAMA (American Amusement Machine Association), member of the Executive Committee, Government Relations Committee, and Co-chair of the FEC (Family Entertainment Center) Committee. 2018 Recipient of the Joe Robbins Award for outstanding contributions to the AAMA and Entertainment Community.
Mr. Smith is also an industry lecturer and writer. His ongoing consulting clients include the United State Air Force, the United State Army Services Recreation Equipment Program and E Ball Games of Melbourne, Australia (an amusement game developer). Mr. Smith received his B.S.B.A from Clark University.