Mr. Haas has over twenty-six (26) years of experience in the leisure industry. He began his career employed in numerous positions, including Games Attendant, Games Bank Supervisor, Head Supervisor and Buyer, since he began his career in the leisure industry in 1989 at Paramount's Kings Island.
At Paramount's Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio), the majority of his experience was in the field of retail operations, with a strong emphasis on games and arcades. As a Supervisor, Mr. Haas was primarily responsible for overseeing all games division staffing, as well as training / evaluating associates and supervising game and arcade operations.
Mr. Haas was also responsible for negotiating with vendors and assisting with the procurement of new games and products in order to maintain inventory levels.
While employed with Paramount's Kings Island, Mr. Haas developed and published One In Wins, a newsletter designed to keep games employees abreast of any and all changes within the division, as well as trivia regarding new and interesting game trends in the market. Mr. Haas had overwhelming success in the conversion of the Skeeball location from the typical redemption counter to a new innovative "retail shop type" redemption center.
Mr. Haas received a B.S. in Business and Administration from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) in 1994. After graduating with a major in Marketing, Mr. Haas continued with Paramount's Kings Island as a Buyer / Head Supervisor for the games division, where he was responsible for generating over $2 million dollars in annual revenue. His responsibilities included overseeing the complete operation of all of the park's arcade and redemption facilities. Prior to leaving Paramount's Kings Island, Mr. Haas was the Visual Display Coordinator and was responsible for the set-up, enhancement of and maintaining the game displays.
As Vice President of Retail, Operations and Information Technology at ITPS, Mr. Haas is responsible for the coordination of all plans and programs relating to retail operations, (including food and beverage, merchandise and games procedures) as well as programs for cash control, admissions, financial planning, project management, human resources and employee training. He also assists in all other phases of operations planning, as well as research conducted for the completion of feasibility analyses. In addition, he oversees all areas of information technology for both ITPS and its clients.
Playing a key role in the development of retail programs for ITPS clients, Mr. Haas is responsible for the research, layout, and procurement of merchandise items and new resale products, as well as the design, construction, and testing of skill games. Mr. Haas also directs the set-up and design of visual displays for merchandise and games locations at ITPS client parks. Cash control and point-of-sale systems are also included within Mr. Haas' broad expertise.
Mr. Haas worked closely in opening Dino Kingdom, a children's entertainment center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Services included manual development, safety inspections, facility audits, on-site training, redemption set-up and providing general support on-site through the opening of the indoor family entertainment center.
The Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky was yet another operational project where Mr. Haas performed on-site training and manual development, as well as general support through the opening of the aquarium. This involved overseeing the operation of the facility and handling any issues that arose during the opening of the aquarium. The main focus of Mr. Haas' responsibility was on guest service, ticketing, employee relations and safety issues.
Mr. Haas was responsible for Project Management of the Purple People Bridge Climb, the only attraction of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere. His role included all aspects of financial budgeting, overseeing design development and construction, as well as pre-opening operations planning.
Mr. Haas has also performed on-site training in the United States, China, Brazil and Mexico.
Mr. Haas is instrumental in the design and development of the ITPS web site. Mr. Haas is also the ITPS network administrator and is responsible for the upkeep, modernization, and maintenance of the ITPS computer network. Mr. Haas is responsible for the daily compilation and distribution of the ITPS Amusement INdustry News to keep clients and subscribers informed of current trends and news.
Mr. Haas has written articles for FunWorld, Tourist Attractions and Parks, and the IALEI's monthly newsletter - FunExtra. He has served on the the IAAPA Games Committee as well as on IALEI's Games Committee. Mr. Haas brings practical "hands-on" experience and industry knowledge to every client project which helps to ensure increased revenues and cost saving measures.
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