Seminars & Events

Additional seminars and events will be posted here over the next few weeks. Please continue to check back!

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Tuesday Seminars

Tuesday Morning Seminars
  • Playtesting: The Right Way to Get the Most Out of Your Idea!
    10:00am - 11:15am
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Raymond Reint, Gloeidraad (Netherlands)
    Within the realm of video games it is a set standard to playtest continuously alongside the production process. Extracting player-feedback throughout any stage of development is crucial to get the optimal results from any idea. During this seminar, Jeroen and Raymond will combine knowledge from 6 years of supervising playtesting in videogames and close to 40 different escape rooms. The seminar will go in-depth on playtesting systems and structures and on how to collect and compare data. Combined, these elements will ensure maximum fun factor of the game, the desired escape rate and average time per gameplay challenge.
    Raymond Reint
    Raymond Reint
    Speaker Bio: During their courses at the Utrecht University of the Arts, Jeroen and Raymond immediately connected through their mutual interest in creating extraordinary experiences. Jeroen graduated with honors in Game Design, a specialization in horror and a project that received coverage in over 500 news outlets around the world. He is now a multiple award-winning game designer, who has worked on million-dollar projects for which he was invited to showcase them all around the world, before returning to work in his home country The Netherlands shy over a year ago.

    After finishing his degree in Interaction Design, Raymond co-founded Gloeidraad, a production, business and design studio that delivers turnkey innovative immersive experiences such as escape rooms and location based games. Their portfolio contains around 60 unique experiences, among being several internationally acclaimed Dutch escape rooms such as Sherlocked in Amsterdam and escape rooms for the biggest corporations in the country. Gloeidraad is currently one the largest experience design companies in western Europe.

    It was no surprise that Jeroen and Raymond started combining their knowledge and years of experience to seek out new horizons for them to pioneer. The fusion led to their tremendous successful pilot ‘Red Eye Case: I Can Hear You’; a location based horror game in an abandoned hospital of small town Maaseik. I Can Hear You has been completely sold out in 2018 due to it’s unique game-play and game-mechanics.
  • Safety Panel: The Biggest Threat to the Escape Room Industry
    10:00am - 11:15am
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Panel:
    • David Spira, RoomEscapeArtist.com
    • Ken Donat, Donat Insurance
    • More TBA
    Moderated by: Amy Philip, Escape Games PDX
    Safety is the single most important opportunity and threat facing the escape room industry in 2019. Our panel will discuss the near and long term implications of the Poland fire, including fire and building code enforcement, legislation, and public perception of escape games. Additionally the panelists will dig into the murky gray area that exists between risky design and dangerous design.
  • The Red Herrings of The Escape Room Business
    11:30am - 12:45pm
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Benito Suppa, Dunham Escape Rooms
    Benito will be dispelling myths on opening and operating a new business in the Escape Game industry. He will touch upon pitfalls and misconceptions to avoid and best practices to consider if you are planning to open an escape facility or have recently opened one.

    This interactive talk will get you participating and making you think about ways to get you running a smoother business and help on the decision making process of some of the trickeir aspects of this industry.
    Benito Suppa
    Benito Suppa
    Speaker Bio: Benito is one of the co-owners of Durham Escape Rooms which has been open for almost 4 years. With a 6200 sq ft facility with 10 experiences ranging in difficulty and complexity, Durham Escape Rooms has found a balance in operations, and successful marketing.

    Benito has a digital marketing and operational effectiveness background, working for large corporations and Google partners. He has spoken on multiple panels and at various conventions on branding and marketing and currently assists multiple companies with their marketing strategies as well as other areas of business.

    In the Industry, his strengths lie in game design as he has designed over 20 games for his business and others, balancing multiple games with running a successful and profitable escape facility and creating multiple revenue streams. Their business has received awards and many accolades from multiple local organizations.
  • Market Evolution: How Have Our Customers Changed in the Last 5 Years?
    11:30am - 12:45pm
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Panel:
    • Greg Salyers, Great Room Escape
    • Elisabeth Garson, Steel Owl Productions
    • Shawn Fischtein, Escape Games Canada
    • Nicole Ginsburg, Museum of Intrigue
    Let’s face it - the last five years in the Escape Room industry have been quite a ride! Join industry leaders who have had skin in the game since the beginning as they reflect on business choices and how they have evolved to where they are today!

    This panel will open with a few focused topics of discussion and then turn to Q&A.
Tuesday Afternoon Seminars
  • How to Stay on the Cutting Edge of the Industry: Escape Room Do’s & Don’ts
    1:30pm - 2:45pm
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: John Denley, Escape Room International
    The industry is rapidly changing and evolving. Competition is everywhere! How do you stay on the forefront of what the public wants? How do you create an experience that is truly unique on all levels? I will share with you my approach to these goals with battle tested gameplay secrets and years of experience and knowledge of design and installation. I have been creating interactive entertainment since 1992. Let me show you the many factors often overlooked by attraction owners and let me help you create a pathway to operating a successful attraction and how to stay on top!

    We will discuss:
    1. Complete Immersion.
    2. The importance of good gameplay.
    3. The top 10 Do’s & Don’ts than can make or break you!
    4. Creating a million dollar look and feel without breaking the bank.
    And so much more!!!!

    You can’t afford to miss this class. See it before your competition does!
    John Denley
    John Denley
    Speaker Bio: John Denley is the founder and president of Escape Room International. He has designed, built and consulted for many major theme parks around the world. Mr. Denley designed the new Terminator and Bill & Ted’s Escape rooms and specializes in turnkey installations. He produces the best-selling “How-To” series in the haunt and escape room industries and has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, Fox and well as Psychology Today, Boston Business Journal, Scholastic Magazine and other international press. His clients range from American Movie Classics, Disney Resorts & Six Flags to Norton “Antivirus” Utilities and is known for his highly detailed and immersive attractions.
  • Welcome to the Game Industry: Now Act Like It! (Design Better Games and Puzzles)
    3:00pm - 4:15pm
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Shawn Fischtein, Escape Games Canada
    Shawn Fischtein
    Shawn Fischtein
    Speaker Bio: Co-founder and operator of Escape Games Canada and the face behind www.escapegamespro.com, Shawn and his team have dedicated themselves to breaking down the science of Escape Games and Escape Rooms. With a background in aerospace engineering and years of specialization in financial and customer data analytics with game theory applications, Shawn’s unique experiences have led to unique successes in the fabrication, design, and operation of escape room facilities.

    Shawn became familiar with escape rooms in 2009-2010 while working in Shanghai as a marketing loyalty analyst. That inevitably led him and his wife back to his home city of Toronto, Canada to design and build the next generation of Escape Rooms.

    In addition to working with other local owners and keeping Escape Games Canada running in best-of-class quality, Shawn dedicates his time to developing rock-solid games that rely on scientifically tested principles. Focusing on adapting techniques developed in the video game industry over the past 20 years, Shawn and his team are striving to make games more streamlined, more accessible, and most importantly more fun for players. His passion for developing the industry and setting standards of quality is his current prime directive.

    Shawn also enjoys video games, competitive e-sports, trading card games, and practically anything to do with the gaming industry. This passion comes through if you ever take a visit to Escape Games Canada.
  • Neuroscience of Online Persuasion
    3:00pm - 4:15pm
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: German Garcia-Fresco, Ph.D
    Garcia-Fresco, PHD and owner of Extreme Park Adventures (2018 Inc Magazine Award recipient) will be presenting a 1.25 hour seminar on the Neuroscience of Online Persuasion.

    Have you ever purchased something or agreed with someone and wondered later what made you give in so easily? Would you like to know how to make people push the buy button more often and generate more sales?

    This seminar explores the art and science of persuasion. Outlining the ways that persuasion is used, tips on withstanding persuasion, different persuasive techniques, cognitive bias, and more makes this course an excellent guide to using persuasion in your business.

    Whether for personal or professional means, learning how to persuade others (and be persuaded less) can help save you time, patience, energy, and money. Everyone from toddlers to adults are susceptible to persuasion and this course will teach you how to capitalize on this fact. By explaining the ways that persuasion is used, the science behind it, social dynamics, and more, you may find yourself surprised at how much you can learn and what you can do with your new-found knowledge using ground breaking neuroscience.
    German Garcia-Fresco, Ph.D
    German Garcia-Fresco, Ph.D
    Speaker Bio: As director of the Adaptive Neuroscience Research Institute (ANRI), Dr. German Garcia-Fresco helps people explore and enhance their own potential. The mission of ANRI is to collaborate with some of the world’s leaders in a variety of fields, including finance, neuroscience, psychology, nutrition, and business, using the latest technology available today.

    As a scientist, Doctor Fresco’s research has led to advances in the field of neurobiology, contributing to mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases. His work has been featured in top scientific journals as well as The New York Times and several news channels around the world.

    Recently, he has been focused on the behavioral aspects of brain functioning, specifically decision making, emotional control, and creative enhancement. He is currently trying to develop techniques to increase neuronal performance and developing health and educational brain programs for children and adults.

    Asides from his scientific interests, he is an avid entrepreneur and successfully operates a variety of multi million dollar companies in the United States. He’s the owner of Xtreme Park Adventures in Durham, North Carolina, which it includes: escape rooms, haunted rides, paintball, lasertag, ropes course, ziplines and more.

    Dr. Fresco obtained his BA/MS in organic chemistry/molecular biology from Purchase College, SUNY (Sigma Xi honor society). He earned his Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology at the University of North Carolina, with a focus on the interactions of proteins between myelin and the axon in rodents. He has received numerous awards, including the President’s Award for excellence in genetics and biochemistry.

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Wednesday Seminars

Wednesday Morning Seminars
  • PANEL: The Game is Changing, Are You? Tips and Tricks for Staying Ahead from Owners in Large Markets
    9:15am - 10:30am
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Panel:
    • Megan Mouton, Clue Carre
    • Lucas Johnson, Locked Escape Game, Escape Point
    • Jessica Worobec, Michigan Escape Room
    • Shawn Fischtein, Escape Games Canada
    Moderated by: Amy Philip, Escape Games PDX
    Megan Mouton
    Megan Mouton
    Speaker Bio: Megan Mouton is the founder and owner of Clue Carré, the first escape game in the state of Louisiana, opening in January of 2015. Starting with two games, Clue Carré quickly expanded to a new location with five total games within a year of opening. Upon completion of year 2 in business, Clue Carré expanded yet again to a second location right outside of the city. The Metairie location opened in November of 2017 with three all new games. Megan was named one of Gambit Magazine's top 40 under 40 in 2015.

    This prestigious award recognizes professionals and entrepreneurs making a difference in the City of New Orleans. Previously, Megan was the Vice President of the largest Special Event Rental company in the state, managing three locations with approximately 150 employees reporting directly to her. Her strong networking connections and business reputation within the special events community, as well as the destination management community, helped the rapid growth and success of Clue Carré. Megan is excited to be a member of such a unique industry and is constantly striving to improve her customer's experience as well as encourage the growth and evolution of the industry as a whole.
    Shawn Fischtein
    Shawn Fischtein
    Speaker Bio: Shawn Fischtein is the co-founder and operator of Escape Games Canada and the face behind www.escapegamespro.com. Shawn and his team have dedicated themselves to breaking down the science of Escape Games and Escape Rooms. With a background in aerospace engineering and years of specialization in financial and customer data analytics with game theory applications, Shawn’s unique experiences have led to unique successes in the fabrication, design, and operation of escape room facilities.

    Shawn became familiar with escape rooms in 2009-2010 while working in Shanghai as a marketing loyalty analyst. That inevitably led him and his wife back to his home city of Toronto, Canada to design and build the next generation of Escape Rooms.

    In addition to working with other local owners and keeping Escape Games Canada running in best-of-class quality, Shawn dedicates his time to developing rock-solid games that rely on scientifically tested principles. Focusing on adapting techniques developed in the video game industry over the past 20 years, Shawn and his team are striving to make games more streamlined, more accessible, and most importantly more fun for players. His passion for developing the industry and setting standards of quality is his current prime directive.

    Shawn also enjoys video games, competitive e-sports, trading card games, and practically anything to do with the gaming industry. This passion comes through if you ever take a visit to Escape Games Canada.
    Amy Philip
    Amy Philip
    Speaker Bio: Amy Philip, is the owner of Escape Games PDX in Portland, OR, which has been operating since 2015 and will soon be opening a second location just outside of Portland.

    With a degree in Marketing and Management from University of Washington, Amy worked in Corporate Leadership, Human Resources and Recruiting for 9 years before branching out on her own to open Escape Games PDX.

    She has a love of travel, cooking (more often than not baking), enjoying the amazing wine and beer scene in Oregon and enjoying the outdoors with her pup, Truman.
    Jessica Worobec
    Jessica Worobec
    Speaker Bio: Jessica Worobec, is the creator and owner of Michigan Escape Room. Her first location has been open for 6 years and her second location is coming up on it's 2 year anniversary. Coming from a background of management and public entertainment, Escape Room's is where she found her true passion for being creative. Before designing puzzles for Escape Rooms,Jessica designed and organized mass player puzzle road rallies, and owned Michigan's award winning Italian Bakery.

    Jessica has designed and operated 11 unique, immersive escape room games and growing. She has helped many well known Escape Room companies with full room builds, puzzle designs and business consulting.
  • Cultivating Creativity with Contractors: Teamwork is Not Just for Players!
    9:15am - 10:30am
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers:
    • Beth Scrimger, Mystery NH
    • Ron Krieger, RJK Remodeling
    Creating a relationship with a contractor can be almost as challenging as playing an escape room. This seminar provides some insight into a successful partnership between owner and contractor, including interviewing, communicating, budgeting and creativity tips to bring visions of grandeur to life.
    Beth Scrimger & Ron Krieger
    Beth Scrimger & Ron Krieger
    Speaker Bio: Beth Scrimger started Mystery NH in North Conway, NH in 2015 and has, with the help of her contractor, opened over 15 escape rooms. Besides designing escape rooms, she also writes mystery weekends for multiple players. Beth applies her project management skills and screenwriting creativity to each game.
    Speaker Bio: Ron Krieger, owner of RJK Remodeling, has been the primary contractor of Mystery NH since 2016, creating room elements ranging from shrinking doors to a fully decked out diner to a giant teddy bear. Having a background in hospitality management provides Ron with an insight into mindset of folks who just want to have fun.
  • Make it Memorable: Dramatic Structure in Escape Games
    10:45am - 12:00pm
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Haley Cooper, Strange Bird Immersive
    In this talk, Strange Bird Immersive’s Haley E. R. Cooper will dive into how to structure your game into a cinematic whole, from a thrilling opening to a satisfying conclusion. Learn how to wield the twin tools of narrative and puzzle flow to deliver an emotional adventure for your guests—making good on the promise of your premise. Whether you’re using actors, sets, or just puzzles alone, dramatic structure will elevate your game from a good experience to an unforgettable one, certain to drive return business.
    Haley E. R. Cooper
    Haley E. R. Cooper
    Speaker Bio: Haley E. R. Cooper is co-artistic director of Strange Bird Immersive, an immersive theatre escape game company based in Houston. She co-created and often performs in The Man From Beyond: Houdini Séance Escape Room, a multi-award-winning game that puts a dramatic narrative at the heart of the player experience. She is the author of Immersology, a blog dedicated to the theory and practice of immersive entertainment.
  • Building Effective Ad Campaigns for Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat
    10:45am - 12:00pm
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Kayden Ressel, Nedyak Designs, Dark House Entertainment; The Basement: A Live Escape Room Experience
    This seminar will offer a walkthrough in creating video advertisements that get people in the door, and how to leverage these videos through paid social media marketing. Kayden will share with you:

    • How not to be scared of big picture advertising.
    • USE GOOGLE FOR EVERYTHING.
    • Why video is the ONLY way to advertise.
    • What to do and what not to do in your videos.
    • The correct budget for your videos and what crew members you'll need.
    • Editing and the tools you’ll need. (Adobe, envato, etc)
    • Creating your first Facebook/Instagram ad
    • Creating a pixel and installing it on your website.
    • Managing your ads moving forward and reviewing what works and what doesn’t.
    Kayden Ressel
    Kayden Ressel
    Speaker Bio: Kayden has been a keynote speaker at numerous haunt and escape room expos and is known as the industry leader on the West Cost in this new but quickly growing field. In 2016, Kayden was contracted by American Express OPEN and Momentum Worldwide to create mini escape room experiences to be used to promote AMEX and to acquire new members at trade shows. The games and booth were showcased at CES (The Consumer Electronics Show 2017), CONEXPO-Con/Agg, and SEMA 2017 and have won various awards such as Exhibitor Magazine’s 2016 Sizzle Award, Stevie Business-to-Business Brand Experience of the Year 2016, and many others. This booth was touted as one of the most successful activations in Momentum and AMEX history. These projects had extremely high budgets and were completely designed, fabricated and installed on-site at the trade shows by Kayden and his team.

    The Basement has been reviewed by respected critics as the "#1 Escape Room in the Country” and plans on opening another experience at its Sylmar location and another 2-3 facilities within the next 2 years on the West Coast. Over 1 million people have experience the #1 Escape in the US and The Basement’s numbers grow higher every year. Now that there are over 80 facilities in the greater Los Angeles area alone, Kayden and his escape rooms have remained at the top of the food chain when it comes to realism, ingenuity, and quality of experience from the moment customers enter the front door. Innovation and quality are Kayden’s two main focuses in designing and making these team building real-life video games come to life, and he has become a very well-known name in the industry worldwide.
Wednesday Afternoon Seminars
  • Uncovering Talents and Unlocking Potential of Your Employees!
    12:45pm - 2:00pm
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Nicole Ginsburg / Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park, Escape the Estate, Museum of Intrigue
    It’s no secret: Employees MAKE or BREAK your business. Nicole has a very unique take on hiring and cultivating a working team. She will share with you how her employees have helped bring business to the next level in multiple scenarios and the proper way to learn from previous employees.

    Do you have the keys to success on your payroll? Are you taking care of them the way you want your business taken care of? Outside the interview...what do you really know about your employee? Does your employee know your vision and know their place in it?

    Nicole will answer all these questions plus cover heavy hitting topics:

    • Is your retention rate affecting your business
    • Hiring for what you need versus what you think you want to hire
    • What is a fair wage and how to sustain payroll costs
    • Scheduling to benefit you and the employee
    • Creative Culture - keeping it while still keeping your business
    • How to take a calculated gamble
    Nicole Ginsburg
    Nicole Ginsburg
    Speaker Bio: Nicole Ginsburg is the creator and co-owner of Escape the Estate, Central New York’s first “escape room”. Nicole holds a degree in marketing from Columbia College and has over 20 years of experience in the performing arts and entertainment industry; almost half of this time has been spent in her role as Production Director for Frightmare Farms, one of the most critically acclaimed haunted attractions in Upstate New York. Nicole introduced the escape room industry to the region by utilizing existing space at the previously-existing haunted attraction. At that time, Nicole was one of very few pioneers attempting this technique.

    Escape the Estate, with its theatrically-detailed sets, was a runaway hit. Within a matter of weeks, the Frightmare Farms location had sold out its available bookings for their entire season. Fueled by this success, Nicole and her team opened a second location in just six months, crafting whole-new escape rooms in a shopping mall. Since then she has helped with games ranging from 3 minutes to Mega-games lasting a few hours.

    Most recently, Escape the Estate is yet again capturing regional attention with a cutting edge immersive experience Museum of Intrigue. Launched in late 2017, Museum of Intrigue, located in Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY has been coined “a playground for the mind”.

    Because of her work, Nicole has caught the attention of numerous media outlets in the area. In 2015 and 2017, she was named one of the “9 Most Creative People in Central New York.” She has been featured in multiple articles about women in business and discussing her contributions to the often male-dominated industries of escape rooms and haunted attractions. Nicole has presented at educational institutions, universities, and conferences on topics ranging from young entrepreneurship to surviving a zombie outbreak.

    Nicole juggles many professional roles on a daily basis. Her favorite role is wife to her uber supportive husband, Jeremy and mom to her quick witted, very busy, young twin boys!
  • 3 Big F's of Set Designs: Framing, Foam, and Finishing
    12:45pm - 2:00pm
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: TBA
    More Information Coming Soon.
  • Lighting and Automation: Shining the Light on Efficiency!
    2:15pm - 3:30pm
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Cameron Cooper, Strange Bird Immersive
    Lighting is a critical part of the function and feel of any space. J. Cameron Cooper of Strange Bird Immersive covers the fundamentals of lighting your game to make it look great and feel dramatic… and of making those lights automatically change as part the game. From theory to sources to controls to software, learn the tools to illuminate your game and wow players.
    Cameron Cooper
    Cameron Cooper
    Speaker Bio: J. Cameron Cooper is co-artistic director of Strange Bird Immersive, an immersive entertainment company in Houston. He co-created the internationally recognized The Man From Beyond: Houdini Séance Escape Room, and was responsible for the coordinated lighting, sound, and multimedia systems in that game.
  • Virtual Reality Panel
    2:15pm - 3:30pm
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: TBA
    More Information Coming Soon.                                                                                                                                                   

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Thursday Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars
  • Marketing: In-Depth Look at the Sales Funnel and Marketing Strategy You Should Be Using to Boost Your Business
    9:15am - 10:30am
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Stuart Bogarty, trap’t Escape Room Adventures
    Do you feel like you are just throwing money at marketing and seeing the same return? Are you feeling like your marketing and promotions are on a hamster wheel? Are you looking to take your business to the next level but think your marketing plan is not ready?

    Join Stuart as helps you discover your next moves. He will share with you experiences on: Grassroots Marketing, “Sales Calls”, Merchandising, Media Buying, “The Sales Funnel” and more!
    Stuart Bogarty
    Stuart Bogarty
    Speaker Bio: Stuart is the owner of trap’t Escape Room Adventures in Stamford, CT. He founded the business with his wife and three daughters. In early 2015, Stuart took his family to pay their first Escape Room. Around 6 months and several rooms later, he put together a business plan for trap’t. In August, 2016, they opened their doors to the public and have had tremendous success. They currently have 3 rooms open and are building another 4 rooms over the next 12-18 months.

    Prior to opening trap’t, Stuart had a successful career as a well-respected, results-oriented media/marketing/ecommerce executive with proven success as CEO, CMO, EVP Global Managing Partner, and Managing Director for Ogilvy & Mather, Mindshare, Universal McCann, Grey, Saatchi & Saatchi in addition to GSI Commerce, YouBeauty.com, OpenSky and Maxpoint Interactive. Over the course of his career, he managed multimillion-dollar accounts for Fortune 500 clients including Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Intel, Brown Forman, IBM, Cisco, Yahoo and SAP.

    He is an almost 30-year media veteran with 25+ years in the interactive advertising community and ecommerce communities and has been instrumental in pushing forward and championing many industry wide initiatives in the digital arena.
  • Narrative: You're Doing it Wrong!
    9:15am - 10:30am
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp, Hatch Escape Rooms
    Think your escape room has a strong “narrative?” Probably not. Most escape rooms confuse setup (read: backstory) with narrative, perhaps crafting a reason for the players to be in the room, but hardly allowing the story to move the action of the room forward. This workshop will review the fundamental structure of dramatic storytelling and identify methods by which this structure can be applied to escape rooms.
    Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
    Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
    Speaker Bio: Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp is a former playwright, professor, and professional mover who builds escape rooms in former moving and storage warehouses. He is the co-creator of Lab Rat at Hatch Escapes, an escape room widely acknowledged for advancing escape room storytelling.
  • Turning Mistakes into Money and Other Customer Service Strategies
    10:45am - 12:00pm
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jolie Beth Boudreaux, Q: The Live Escape Experience
    The life force of escape rooms are the customers who play the games. Without a solid customer base, even the most amazing escape rooms will fail to thrive. Customer service significantly impacts reviews, word of mouth advertising, social media shares, and repeat players. In this seminar, we will discuss strategies to help you and your staff create stellar customer experiences, ways to manage conflict between the company and the customer, and tips for interacting with even the most difficult customers to insure a positive experience every time. In this dynamic and informative seminar you will learn:

    • communication foundations you and your employees can use for every customer interaction
    • how to handle angry customers
    • how to handle difficult players
    • ways to diffuse conflict
    • how to handle company mistakes
    • how to handle negative reviews
    We will also explore ways to teach these skills to employees, hiring and firing strategies, and working with other escape room owners.
    Jolie Beth Boudreaux
    Jolie Beth Boudreaux
    Speaker Bio: Jolie Beth Boudreaux, MA, LPC is the Co-Owner and Co-Creator of Q: The Live Escape Experience, as well as the Owner and Founder of ReVision Counseling. Jolie Beth Boudreaux is an entrepreneur with a focus on the human experience. Uniquely qualified to speak to the individual as a licensed professional counselor and create singular experiences for groups as an escape room owner and creator, she holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and two Bachelor’s degrees in the performing arts. For the past 18 years, Jolie Beth has helped people to improve their skills at communication and conflict resolution, and to enhance their personal and professional relationships. In addition to individual counseling services, she has provided consultation services, group presentations, designed course work specifically for communication and conflict management, and lectured at the collegiate level.

    In 2015, Jolie Beth and her husband, Kris Maloy, opened “Q: The Live Escape Experience” in Loveland , Colorado. In 2016 they opened a second location in Greeley, Colorado. For nearly 4 years, Jolie Beth has applied her professional expertise to customer service and community relations at Q: The Live Escape Experience including facilitating corporate debriefings focused on communication in the workplace and how playing escape games can be a useful tool to learn about and enhance effective workplace communication, and community presentations on escape room ownership. In addition to their escape room business, Jolie Beth also owns ReVision Counseling, a counseling and coaching practice located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • TEST SUBJECTS: What Have We Learned
    10:45am - 12:00pm
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers:
    • Bizzaro, Test Subjects
    • Greg Dow, Test Subjects
    • Krystal Lawrence, Test Subjects
    After creating 7 escape rooms from the ground up in less than a year, The Test Subjects have learned a thing or twelve and we want to share that information with you!

    From the technology and hardware we used to make our installs easier, things we would do differently (or the exact same way), and how we worked around problems that arose on different sites, the good, the bad and the ugly will be unpacked right in front of you.

    Let our joy and suffering help make your next escape room install easier! Our knowledge is your knowledge.

    (The Test Subjects are 3 magicians from Las Vegas who design unique puzzles and scenarios for the escape room industry. You can find out more about them and what they do here - www.youcantescapeus.com)
    Bizzaro
    Bizzaro
    Speaker Bio: Bizzaro has been seen on TV shows and creates props and magic for other performers. His creations have been seen on "Ellen", "The Cabonaro Effect" and "Duck Dynasty" (it's a long story). He is the resident mad scientist and creates many of the props and puzzles in his secret laboratory in Las Vegas. His official job description at Test Subjects is "problem solver".
    Krystal Lawrence
    Krystal Lawrence
    Speaker Bio: Krystal is the keeper of the keys and one of the rarest creatures in the world: a Las Vegas Native.

    When not creating room scenarios for Test Subjects she can be found at the Golden Tiki Bar presenting her special brand of cynical sorcery as the resident magician.
    Greg Dow
    Greg Dow
    Speaker Bio: Greg (AKA: The Shocker) is the last Test Subject. Aside from being seen on TV shows like Penn and Teller's "Fool Us" and "Master's of Illusion" on the CW he also performs magic all over Las Vegas. (and everywhere else!)

    Greg is Test Subjects' theme park junkie and immersion expert. If it's nerdy and cool, he most likely knows about it.
Thursday Afternoon Seminars
  • Making the Mo$t of Merchandi$e!
    12:45pm - 2:00pm
    Room A
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers:
    • Erick Gyrion, Escape Room Wisconsin
    • Amy Philip, Escape Games PDX
    Erick Gyrion
    Erick Gyrion
    Speaker Bio: Erick James Gyrion, a Native of Wisconsin, is the owner and designer of Escape Room Wisconsin. With his extensive background in theatre production and design, Erick has designed for theatres, bars, escape rooms, haunted attractions and everything in-between. Before owning an escape room, Erick worked for 8 years at the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, as Technical Director, Scenic and Lighting Designer, Graphic Designer and Director.
    Amy Philip
    Amy Philip
    Speaker Bio: Amy Philip, is the owner of Escape Games PDX in Portland, OR, which has been operating since 2015 and will soon be opening a second location just outside of Portland.

    With a degree in Marketing and Management from University of Washington, Amy worked in Corporate Leadership, Human Resources and Recruiting for 9 years before branching out on her own to open Escape Games PDX.

    She has a love of travel, cooking (more often than not baking), enjoying the amazing wine and beer scene in Oregon and enjoying the outdoors with her pup, Truman.
  • WHAT'S NEW? Emerging Technologies and Digital Experience Design: Making High-Tech Puzzles that are Meaningful, Affordable and Reliable!
    12:45pm - 2:00pm
    Room B
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Shawn Fischtein, Escape Games Canada
    Shawn Fischtein
    Shawn Fischtein
    Speaker Bio: Co-founder and operator of Escape Games Canada and the face behind www.escapegamespro.com, Shawn and his team have dedicated themselves to breaking down the science of Escape Games and Escape Rooms. With a background in aerospace engineering and years of specialization in financial and customer data analytics with game theory applications, Shawn’s unique experiences have led to unique successes in the fabrication, design, and operation of escape room facilities.

    Shawn became familiar with escape rooms in 2009-2010 while working in Shanghai as a marketing loyalty analyst. That inevitably led him and his wife back to his home city of Toronto, Canada to design and build the next generation of Escape Rooms.

    In addition to working with other local owners and keeping Escape Games Canada running in best-of-class quality, Shawn dedicates his time to developing rock-solid games that rely on scientifically tested principles. Focusing on adapting techniques developed in the video game industry over the past 20 years, Shawn and his team are striving to make games more streamlined, more accessible, and most importantly more fun for players. His passion for developing the industry and setting standards of quality is his current prime directive.

    Shawn also enjoys video games, competitive e-sports, trading card games, and practically anything to do with the gaming industry. This passion comes through if you ever take a visit to Escape Games Canada.

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Meet the Speakers

Shawn Fischtein
Shawn Fischtein

Co-founder and operator of Escape Games Canada and the face behind www.escapegamespro.com, Shawn and his team have dedicated themselves to breaking down the science of Escape Games and Escape Rooms. With a background in aerospace engineering and years of specialization in financial and customer data analytics with game theory applications, Shawn’s unique experiences have led to unique successes in the fabrication, design, and operation of escape room facilities.

Shawn became familiar with escape rooms in 2009-2010 while working in Shanghai as a marketing loyalty analyst. That inevitably led him and his wife back to his home city of Toronto, Canada to design and build the next generation of Escape Rooms.

In addition to working with other local owners and keeping Escape Games Canada running in best-of-class quality, Shawn dedicates his time to developing rock-solid games that rely on scientifically tested principles. Focusing on adapting techniques developed in the video game industry over the past 20 years, Shawn and his team are striving to make games more streamlined, more accessible, and most importantly more fun for players. His passion for developing the industry and setting standards of quality is his current prime directive.

Shawn also enjoys video games, competitive e-sports, trading card games, and practically anything to do with the gaming industry. This passion comes through if you ever take a visit to Escape Games Canada.

Renee Ryckman

Renee is the founder of Escape Countdown, with locations in three Florida markets, Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers. She received her BSN from the University of North Dakota, and an MBA from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. After pursuing a career as an executive in health care administration, she turned her focus to entrepreneurship. In 2009, she founded an online book business which has garnered over $25 million in revenue since inception. Next, she turned her passion for escape rooms into a successful trio of Escape Countdown locations.

Recently Escape Countdown was recognized as an Emerging Business of the Year by the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and nominated as Small Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to establishing Escape Countdown, Ms. Ryckman is committed to philanthropy and giving back to the community. She is active in many non-profit organizations, and has a special interest in women and children’s health and education. She is a member of several business organizations in Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers, helping to support and educate other business owners.

She currently resides in Sarasota, Florida with her husband Brent and their two young sons. When not busy encouraging her guests to “escape”, she can be found traveling the world in search of adventure and escape games!

Anthony Purzycki
Anthony Purzycki

Tone Purzycki was born with a relentless need to learn the entertainment industry. It brought him to the doors of some of the industries finest whom were willing to share. As a result, Tone and the Trap Door team started out trying to make movies, but accidentally discovered their true calling- Live Immersive Entertainment! Since then the team has produced The Ratred Prophecy, Find Me Event, Buried Alive, Fool’s Gold: Caging a Killer, The Slasher Demo, the in-person interactive theater show, Windward Hotel, and 1 World Alliance. Tone has also been involved with creating the interactive experiences, Dexter: Return of the Dark Defender, and Homeland: Mission of Detail for Showtime. He is currently working on a brand new experience for Six Flags Great Adventure.

Since opening Trap Door in Red Bank, he has Produced Escape The Architect, and the record breaking Cure Z. This past November, Trap Door opened a new location in Morristown, NJ, and premiered Witch Hunt, and the now under construction F5, a Tornado Escape. Tone also spends time working on new episodes of Unlocked, an industry insider youtube series.

Nicole Ginsburg
Nicole Ginsburg

Nicole Ginsburg is the creator and co-owner of Escape the Estate, Central New York’s first “escape room”. Nicole holds a degree in marketing from Columbia College and has over 20 years of experience in the performing arts and entertainment industry; almost half of this time has been spent in her role as Production Director for Frightmare Farms, one of the most critically acclaimed haunted attractions in Upstate New York. Nicole introduced the escape room industry to the region by utilizing existing space at the previously-existing haunted attraction. At that time, Nicole was one of very few pioneers attempting this technique.

Escape the Estate, with its theatrically-detailed sets, was a runaway hit. Within a matter of weeks, the Frightmare Farms location had sold out its available bookings for their entire season. Fueled by this success, Nicole and her team opened a second location in just six months, crafting whole-new escape rooms in a shopping mall. Since then she has helped with games ranging from 3 minutes to Mega- games lasting a few hours.

Because of her work, Nicole has caught the attention of numerous media outlets in the area. In December 2015, she was named one of the “9 Most Creative People in Central New York.” Soon after, she was featured in an article about women in business, discussing her contributions to the often male-dominated industries of escape rooms and haunted attractions. Nicole has presented at educational institutions, universities, and conferences on topics ranging from young entrepreneurship to surviving a zombie outbreak.

Nicole juggles many professional roles on a daily basis.Her favorite role is wife to her uber supportive husband, Jeremy and mom to her quick witted, very busy, young twin boys!

Melissa Eapen
Melissa Eapen

Melissa Eapen is the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development of Improbable Escapes and Co-Founder of The Kingston Collective. With her educational background in Psychology, Computer Science and Pre-service Firefighter Training & Education, she started her career in property management and then quickly followed her passion for gamification and teaching through play to be on the front line of second generation escape rooms. She just finished expanding her puzzle rooms to a new space that is over 4 times the size of her first location.

During the day you can find her working with local partners to write, and produce historical games all over the city including Kingston City Hall, Fort Henry National Historic Site, St. Lawrence College, the Kingston Public Library, Bellevue House, Murney Tower National Historic Site and many others.

Melissa and her business partner are currently opening up their third business, HipStory, a cross between escape rooms and tours through national historic sites and museums.

Dave Ferrier
Dave Ferrier

Dave Ferrier helped design, build and currently manages Trapped PHL escape room. He has become an escape room industry “go to guy” on booking systems and running Groupon / Living Social campaigns. Dave has worked in the haunt industry for seven years as a performer and four years as casting director for Fright Factory in Philadelphia.

Dave is also a trainer, Marine Corps veteran and professional actor, with dozens of credits including House of Cards, VEEP, Investigation Discovery, The Travel Channel and various major motion pictures.

AJ Hughes
AJ Hughes

AJ Hughes has been an escape room owner at Escape Room Tucson www.EscapeRoomTucson.com since 2014. She has designed, created and built all of her escape rooms from the ground up. She also owns www.EscapeRoomGamesForSale.comand has built, designed and created 122 escape rooms all around the world.

Prior to owning an escape room, AJ has owned her own retail business that featured in the Kentucky Derby three years in a row, Miss America Pageant and the Grammy Awards.

Coming from an extensive marketing background, AJ has also served as the national marketing director for the third largest company in the world.

AJ has a bachelors in marketing and masters in business.

AJ is an avid escape room gamer, having played as many as 15 escape rooms in three days. She is also a book collector and has a collection of books that date as far back as the 15th century.

Brian Warner
Brian Warner

Brian Warner’s technical background comes from 18 years as a machinist and machine manufacturer, building multi-million dollar machinery for large beverage corporations, as well as 13 years in the haunted attraction industry, with his company Evilusions, designing and constructing entire attractions. This includes all the CAD drawings, technical systems (air, electric, sound), and all animatronic manufacturing. For the last year, he has been designing and installing escape rooms, from one simple puzzle, to entire rooms and facilites, including the 2d and 3d CAD drawings, and game flow design.

Elisabeth Garson
Elisabeth Garson

Steel Owl is led by Elisabeth Garson, Creative Director for Steel Owl Games & Steel Owl Tech. The group is famed for “Escape The 1980s” and is creating additional, UX based escape games for large companies including The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia PA. The company’s initiatives have attracted great deal of press, investor interest, tech requests and has ultimately spawned the birth of Steel Owl Tech, producers of the industry’s most advanced telephone game prop.

Prior to Steel Owl, Garson worked Advertising and UX (user experience) for 20 years as a Creative Director, with a focus on branding and experience. Her clients included large companies (Comcast, Advanta, Xfinity) to medium sized business and start-ups. From craft beer…to cable TV — all of Garson’s creative work explored consumer experience, from the perspective of targeted audience research. This knowledge acted as the primary building block for the Steel Owl business model, including game development, company branding, and puzzles to create player engagement.

In addition to her advertising work, Garson created several team-oriented events, and experiences in the Philadelphia area including the sold-out “Dating Game Live” (set up like the 1980s show) and a sold out “Happening Event” where participants purchased tickets to something that was happening (but they didn’t know what it was). She was also the co-creator of an independent short film that created outlandish experiences for unsuspecting deliverymen. She’s the concept founder of The Philadelphia Arts Market, which is still in the process of development, and on-hold for the moment.

Over the years, Garson’s endeavors have attracted press from The Philadelphia Inquirer, CBS 3, KYW News Radio, Time Magazine and dozens of others.

Marty Parker
Marty Parker

Marty Lee Parker is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for the performing arts. He founded a company called Life Learning Devices, LLC that worked with world-renowned motivational speakers to create motivational products for businesses and corporations. Life Learning Devices, LLC evolved into Bucket List Productions, LLC- a company that produces events that motivate people to live fulfilled and passionate lives. Bucket List Productions became a leader in the mob event industry of active entertainment by creating and producing Mud Ninja, Bubble Palooza, The Tomato Bash, and The Cincinnati and Columbus Color Paloozas.

One day in 2013, Marty received an email from a friend that said, “I don’t want tomatoes thrown at me. I don’t want the colored corn starch in my hair, and there is no way I am jumping into a pit of mud … but if you produce a room escape, I’d go to that!” The very next week, Marty flew to San Francisco to attend the only room escape in the country he could find. A week after that, as he was driving to Ohio from Florida after producing a Bubble Palooza (a 5k where you run through colored bubbles that stain your skin so you look like you got pooped on by a unicorn!), he busted up laughing, for over an hour, thinking how entertainingly hysterical it would be if someone combined the murder mystery concept, a room escape and one of the most watched TV shows, “The Walking Dead.”

And that’s exactly what he did! Immediately after getting home, he sat down and wrote the comedic show “Trapped In A Room With A Zombie”. Three weeks later he was doing test runs in his garage. One week after that it was being performed live in Chicago. Seeing that this interactive theater piece was identical to a mud run in almost every aspect, minus the mud, he quickly set out to open the show in every major city. “Trapped In A Room With A Zombie” is now being performed in twenty-five major cities around the world, including London, Toronto and Madrid.

Apart from producing the interactive theater “Trapped” series, Marty is part owner in thirteen other room escape companies that write and produce traditional room escape experiences. Marty has helped write a traveling room escape for Pepsi and has produced a large room escape event at a resort in Mexico.

Marty is super excited to share with you what he has learned from producing this comedic, interactive theater piece, including all the tips and techniques the show uses to continually deliver unforgettable experiences!

Nate Martin
Nate Martin

Nate Martin is the Co-Founder & CEO of Puzzle Break (www.puzzlebreak.com), the first contemporary American Escape Room company. Puzzle Break is headquartered in Seattle with locations in Long Island, Boston, and on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. He is a regular speaker, writer, and podcast guest on the subjects of escape rooms, game design, and entrepreneurship. He has appeared on MSNBC where he was referred to as the "Founding Father of Escape Rooms". He has been profiled by Entrepreneur Magazine, and his interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, Marketwatch, USA Today, Cracked.com, The Guardian, and countless other media outlets.

Prior to Puzzle Break, he was a senior executive at Microsoft and Electronic Arts. He has shipped software used by billions of users as well as some of the most beloved video games of a generation.

Nate Shane

Nate is the owner of Escape Room Master, the most popular software suite in the industry for managing almost every facet of your escape room business. ERM additionally builds tech insides for props, full props, and even complete escape rooms, while providing consulting and industry insight to current and prospective owners. Nate has been writing software for his entire career, and when escape rooms began cropping up, combining his love for puzzles with software came naturally.

William Azeff
William Azeff

William worked 15 years as a resort real estate developer, conceiving and overseeing the construction of leading 4-season destinations such as Mont Tremblant, Sandestin, Stratton, Snowshoe, Whistler, and Vail.

As the workload shifted away from exciting resort destinations and skewed towards suburban tract housing, William decided to pursue a new challenge. In January 2016, William resigned from his role and c0-founded Mission Liberté escape games. On February 4th, Mission Liberté opened its first escape game. Growth continued quickly, and by July 1st, Mission Liberté was offering 6 different escape rooms and 1 Virtual Reality experience. William is also the father of 2 children who have been very influential in steering direction of Mission Liberté.

Chantelle Beaudoin
Chantelle Beaudoin

Chantelle, a flight attendant with a leading North American airline, co-founded Mission Liberté.

Previously, Chantelle worked many front line positions at the Mont Tremblant resort, including as hotel receptionist, Rocky Mountain Chocolate chocolatier, and ski instructor. This eclectic set of experiences ensured a proper understanding of resort traffic patterns and helped to anticipate demand loads and human resources norms and protocols. She is also the mother of 2 energetic boys.

Megan Mouton
Megan Mouton

Megan Mouton is the founder and owner of Clue Carré, the first escape game in the state of Louisiana, opening in January of 2015. Starting with two games, Clue Carré quickly expanded to a new location with five total games within a year of opening. Megan was named one of Gambit Magazine's top 40 under 40 in 2015. This prestigious award recognizes professionals and entrepreneurs making a difference in the City of New Orleans.

Previously, Megan was the Vice President of the largest Special Event Rental company in the state, managing three locations with approximately 150 employees reporting directly to her. Her strong connections and business reputation within the special events community, as well as the destination management community, helped the rapid growth and success of Clue Carré. Megan is excited to be a member of such a wonderful industry and is constantly striving to improve her customer's experience as well as encourage the growth and evolution of the industry as a whole.

Krystle Ann Griffin
Krystle Ann Griffin

Krystle Ann Griffin is the assistant manager and lead game master at Escape the 1980s, Philadelphia. While she has only been in the industry shy of two years, her life's work is a culmination that makes her one of the best at what she does. An actor, writer, director, producer in the independent film scene in the tri-state area, a behavior therapist, nanny and once teacher, and a plethora of customer service and managerial experience starting from a very young age, Krystle brings an arsenal of life experience that is just ripe for the game escape picking.

Jono Naito
Jono Naito

Jono Naito is a writer, performer, and puzzle designer residing in Syracuse, NY. They currently work at Escape the Estate as Lead Designer for New Development and study fiction writing at the MFA program at Syracuse University. Their background includes experience in event planning, game design, and performing with the Surrealist Training Circus in the Hudson Valley.

Andrew DeRuiter
Andrew DeRuiter

Andrew DeRuiter has spent over 30 years as a magician and illusion engineer, and is a professional designer and builder of multiple escape rooms. He is currently co-owner of Escape the Estate in Palermo and Syracuse, NY, as well as a haunted attraction in Washington DC, and has designed illusions for several leading haunts across the US. An author of a series of prop and illusion concept/design books entitled Andrew’s Black Books, he has inspired and advised many set designers, builders, and artists. His background in magic gives him a unique ability to create some of the most effective illusions in the industry, and he has been able to use this knowledge particularly in creating effective escape rooms.

Matthew DuPlessie

Matthew DuPlessie is founder and CEO of the 5 Wits Companies, with seventeen attractions in four states, and more on the way.

After completing his bachelors in mechanical engineering at MIT, Matthew DuPlessie went to work in South Florida managing specialty design/build projects for major theme parks, museums, and aquariums.  Returning to Massachusetts to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School, Matt raised private financing and founded one of the earliest “escape room” style attractions, in Boston in 2004.

For the last twelve years, 5 Wits has designed, built, and operated award-winning walk-through “adventures” like Tomb, Espionage, 20,000 Leagues, Drago’s Castle, and Deep Space, enjoyed by well over a million guests. www.5-wits.com

In 2006, Matt formed a second company, 5 Wits Productions Inc., in order to pursue a wide range of design/build work for third party clients, in addition to 5 Wits’ own public venues. The team at 5 Wits Productions specializes in the concept development, detailed design, quality fabrication, and profitable operation of exhibits, attractions, interactive adventures, and group challenges for a variety of public venues, such as the Smithsonian, Blue Man Group, Walt Disney Imagineering, and dozens of science and children’s museums. www.5witsproductions.com

In addition to his work with the 5 Wits’ Companies, Matt teaches a couple of design classes in the mechanical engineering department at MIT. Matt and his wife Beth live in Stoneham, MA with their three energetic children.

Tuesday August 6th, 2019
  • Escape Room Tour to San Antonio, TX
    Buses Depart from the HENRY B. GONZÁLEZ CONVENTION CENTER. Time TBD.
    $99/attendee (pre-registration)
    $120/attendee (on-site registration)

    (Dinner, transportation, behind the scenes tour, Q and A with the owners/mangers included)

    PLEASE NOTE: Each tour will allow attendees to visit TWO of the four escape room locations listed, and play ONE game at each of those two locations. In other words, you WILL NOT be visiting all 4 locations, and you'll get to play 2 games per night. Locations and games will be determined by TransWorld and you'll be notified which locations/games you'll be playing each night.

    The following are the locations that we will be touring Tuesday night August 6th:

    • Extreme Escape Games
    • San Antonio Panic Room
    • Premier Escape Rooms
    • Extreme Escape - Colonnade

    Sign up early as space is limited.

Wednesday August 7th, 2019
  • Escape Room Tour to Austin, TX
    Buses Depart from the HENRY B. GONZÁLEZ CONVENTION CENTER. Time TBD.
    $119/attendee (pre-registration)
    $140/attendee (on-site registration)

    (Dinner, transportation, behind the scenes tour, Q and A with the owners/mangers included)

    The following are the locations that we will be touring Wednesday night August 7th. TransWorld will notify you which two locations you'll be visiting, and the specific game you'll get to play at each.

    • Mind Spark Escape & Adventure Games
    • The Escape Game
    • Lockout Austin
    • 15 Locks

    Sign up early as space is limited.

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All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

  • Networking Night Out! Featuring Room Escape Advisory Board and Established Owners
    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Casa Rio Restaurant at 430 E. Commerce Street (on the World Famous River Walk)
    $40/attendee

    Sponsored by Escape Room Owners Board

    Your feedback has been heard! This is a networking event that you don’t want to miss! Join the REC Advisory Board and Established Owners as they host a night full of networking at an awesome venue with relaxed and productive roundtables. This is not your normal party – this party was created with your needs as an escape room operator in mind!

    Here’s how it will work: Browse the current topics (yes, they will change throughout the night), join a topic table, ask questions, get answers and build business relationships with owners just like you! Each table will have 1-3 topic-specific facilitators who will keep the conversation focused. Table talk topic will include ( but not limited to):

    • Scenic and lighting design
    • Tech Talk
    • Marketing
    • Customer Service
    • Booking Software
    • Day to Day Business
    • Cooperate and Special Events
    • Puzzle & Game Design
    • Immersive Environments
    • Expansion
    • Management and Employees
    • Buying and Selling Escape Rooms
    • Open Conversation
    • Getting Started in the Industry

    Ticket includes a Taco Buffet (with beef and chicken, flour and corn tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, guacamole, Mexican rice and refried beans) as well as a cash bar.

    Seating is limited – Book Now!

Wednesday March 22, 2017
Friday March 24, 2016
Saturday March 25, 2016

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Free Seminars

Wednesday August 7, 2019
  • Escape Rooms for Corporations and Museums (Panel)
    8:00am - 9:00am
    Room A
    Panel:
    • Elisabeth Garson, Steel Owl Productions
    • Travis Jones & Scott Hammond, Autodesk
    • Abby Bysshe & Chris Rizzo, Franklin Institute
    FREE Early Bird seminar
    There’s another market for escape rooms in the corporate, museum and pop up sector. Learn to get into building escape rooms for corporations and museums, plus, gain valuable insight from a corporate perspective.

    This session will include a quick presentation from all three hosts and an audience-focused panel discussion with plenty of time for your questions.
    Speaker Bio: Elisabeth Garson, Steel Owl Productions - Elisabeth’s company works with corporations and museums on combining gamification and learning with experiences including escape rooms. Learn how she got into corporate escape room writing and producing —- and what it’s like to work with a corporate group.
    Speaker Bio: Travis Jones and Scott Hammond, Autodesk - Autodesk hosted four escape room games (18 total gameplay rooms) at two events in Las Vegas. The games were designed to teach and train players on sales enablement. Hear from the inside about what Autodesk was looking for, how they selected their escape room vendor, and their thoughts on gamification in corporate learning.
    Speaker Bio: Abby Blysshe and Chris Rizzo, The Franklin Institute - The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia PA is one of the first U.S. museums to host two, permanent elaborate, escape rooms — two of the largest games nationwide. Abby and Chris can offer a museum’s perspective on escape rooms and the (happening now) future of experience-based museums.
Thursday August 8, 2019
  • The State of the Escape Room Industry
    8:00am - 9:00am
    Room A
    Speakers: Lisa and David Spira, RoomEscapeArtist.com
    FREE Early Bird seminar
    In 2019, the escape room industry is beginning to enter an era of change. The fire in Poland, changes in industry statistics, and shifting player expectations are adjusting the nature of the business. Lisa and David Spira have been covering the escape room industry for 5 years on their website Room Escape Artist, and will demonstrate the lay of the land with a mixture of data and their observations from around the United States and the world.

    This talk will provide useful information to guide business decisions as well as actionable information about trends in escape game design.
    Lisa and David Spira
    Lisa and David Spira
    Speaker Bio: Lisa and David Spira created Room Escape Artist in 2014 to apply their expertise in experience design to escape rooms. RoomEscapeArtist.com publishes daily well-researched, rational, and reasonably humorous escape room reviews, design tips, players tips, and industry commentary. Their mission is to share their love of exploring giant puzzles and to push the makers of those giant puzzles to create the best experiences they can. They strive to grow the community of amazing people who love solving the puzzles together. Lisa and David are well-traveled, experienced escape room players and practiced speakers.

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

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August 6-8, 2019

Henry B. González Convention Center

900 E. Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
DETAILS

Show Hours

Trade Show Floor Hours:

  • Tuesday August 6th 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday August 7th 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday August 8th 10:00am - 2:00pm

Buyer/Exhibitor Registration Hours:

  • Tuesday August 6th 7:30am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday August 7th 7:30am-5:00pm
  • Thursday August 8th 7:30am-2:00pm

Seminar Hours:

  • Tuesday August 6th 10:00am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday August 7th 8:00am-3:30pm
  • Thursday August 8th 8:00am-2:00pm
    FREE Early Bird Seminars on Wednesday and Thursday!