PHILOSOPHY – In today’s world, successful Family Entertainment Center Operators and Recreation Facility Owners know that they need to present children, families and singles alike with modern and up-to-date Amusement Activities – competition demands it! Yet smart Operators know that they must get the best ‘bang for their buck’! At WILSON DESIGN, we know that researched, time-tested Analysis, along with personal service and on-going client interaction, play a huge role in maintaining that strong client relationship.
HISTORY – In the 1980’s, Mr. Wilson got his industry start as a partner in Amusement Source/ Play Kingdom, a division of the Zamperla Group – one of the companies that originated the large FEC concept. In fact, Mr. Wilson helped conceive and design one of the first Family Entertainment Center concepts in Danbury, CT in 1985.
Mr. Wilson was a former Principal of Play & Stuff, a major FEC and Soft Modular Play Design and Construction Firm from 1990 – 1997. Mr. Wilson worked as a Design and Consultant Principal for the Todd Harris Company from 1997 to 2001.
In 2002, Mr. Wilson simultaneously started WILSON DESIGN & CONSULTING GROUP and ALL KIDS PLAY. Both of these companies quickly became well-known industry brands and enjoyed strong growth through the first decade of the millennium.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – Dave Wilson helped originate the large Indoor Family Entertainment Center concept, now known as the ‘FEC’, in the mid 1980’s. Mr. Wilson has designed and/ or constructed over 350 Family Entertainment Centers, Soft Modular Play Units and Miniature Golf Courses. Past ownership in three large Family Entertainment Centers has given Mr. Wilson practical knowledge and ‘real-world’ work experience that he utilizes daily in his Consulting work efforts..
David Wilson holds a BS from Montclair State University and has finished course requirements for his Masters of Business Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, majoring in Business Management and Marketing; with a Minor in Psychology.
Educational and professional articles that Mr. Wilson has contributed include: Replay Magazine, Tourist Attractions & Parks, Fun World, Sport & Fun, and Golf Range Times – all industry trade magazines. He is or has been a member of IAAPA, IALEA, IFECA, IRSHA, ARVC, and has presented at annual Trade Show conferences at IAAPA, Fun Expo, Bowl Expo and had also Sponsored Birthday University for 10 years.
Mr. Wilson has been an Expert Witness in both litigation and zoning hearings in Albany, NY; Chester County, PA; Mahwah, NJ; Boulder, CO; Key West, FL; Orange County, FL; Fredericksburg, VA; Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and Milan, Italy.
Mr. Wilson brings wide experience, objectivity, industry knowledge and a professional approach to his Consulting, Design, Feasibility Studies and Business Plan Preparation.