Ben Jones

Ben Jones

About Ben Jones

Prior to joining Live Oak Bank, Ben Jones played a key role with IAAPA expanding FEC programming and counseling FEC members on business practices. His previous experiences include President of RECreation & Entertainment Consultants, Inc. (“REC”), which provides advisory and strategic development, management, and training services to developers and planners operating within the entertainment industry.

Smiles Are Contagious

By |August 14th, 2014|

FEC Specialist, Live Oak Bank

Create Smiles Everyday…this is the mantra of my dear friend Michael Getlan.  Smiles are simply at their core, an expression of positive attitude. We can all create and deliver smiles everyday by simply deciding to be nice and project a positive attitude.  It’s easy, simply wake up and look at yourself in the mirror with a positive mindset of being happy…then SMILE. Done. Easy.  But now I want you to share your smile with your company and in life.

Action equals reaction and the smile we share is returned as a reward for our gift of giving.  This means that the smile we create every day can be given to others which means it’s communicable and if someone can receive it, it’s catchable and if it’s catchable, it’s teachable. Here are a few teaching steps toward sharing a smile in your organization.

1) People have voices, listen to them.  Listen, give credit and implement the ideas and [...]

FEC Financing: Olympic Teams and You

By |May 8th, 2014|

Greetings Bay Tek readers, Ben Jones here.  Very pleased to be contributing to the industry alongside my friends at Bay Tek.  As some of you know, I am a former FEC owner/operator of 21 years and recently completed a wonderful tenure with IAAPA: 20 years as a volunteer and as a FEC Specialist, where I coordinated FEC programming and counseled FEC members on business planning and best practices. I am now an enthusiastic member of Live Oak Bank as its FEC Domain Expert, a new role for me and a crazy exciting opportunity for our industry – access to capital and long-term project financing!

This is the first in a series of features focused specifically on operating and growing your business. What most of you may not know is that I was an accomplished athlete and competed at the highest junior, collegiate and professional levels in multiple sports. I am also a fan of sport and the Olympic spirit grabs [...]

Lasertron hosts conference

By |May 1st, 2014|

Lasertron, provider of high-end laser tag equipment, arenas, and center management systems, is hosting its second Entertainment Center Conference of 2014 on May 20-21 in Buffalo, N.Y., held at the longest running laser tag facility in North America. The focus will be on management leadership systems and operational systems.

Notable speakers will include Michael Getlan of Amusement Consultants, Ben Jones of Live Oak Bank, Scott Gilmore and Dave Reiners of Betson Enterprises, and Jason Mitchell of Intercard Inc. Getlan and Jones will present a session titled, “Customer Service and the Intangibles of Business.” Jim Kessler of Lasertron will also have a Fireside Chat with Jones. The next conference is slated for August 5-6. For more information, visit (

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RTown Webinar focuses on FECs

By |April 14th, 2014|

Redemption Plus recently launched Rtown Academy, its new educational resource, and kicked it off on Jan. 15 with the first in a series of four Webinars.   The Webinar was titled, “Three Wise Men Discuss Hot Topics in Family Entertainment Center (FEC) Operations”.

The moderator was George McAuliffe of Pinnacle Entertainment Advisors; presenters included Rick Iceberg of CJ Barrymore’s in Michigan; Ben Jones, Senior Lender and FEC Domain Expert for Live Oak Bank; and George Smith, President of Family Entertainment Group.

Play Meter attended the Webinar; below is a sampling of the sage advice from this trio of experts.

Iceberg said CJ Barrymore’s has undergone tremendous expansion since it opened in 1974 to now offer more than 15 different attractions. He has followed a path of continued improvements, most recently adding full-scale bowling, which he said “turned out to be dynamite,” also mini bowling, with the combination being “a home run for us.”

He said, “When we committed to bowling we flew all over [...]