Press Release – GF Strategies Food and Beverage Consultants http://gfstrategies.com Food and Beverage Consultants | Theme Parks | Convention Centers | Stadiums Arenas | Performing Arts Centers Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:43:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GF Strategies to provide study for Theater in Washington State http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-provide-study-theater-washington-state/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-provide-study-theater-washington-state/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:16:46 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=697 Vancouver Washington based GF Strategies has been selected to work with the State Of Washington to review the financial projections for a project that will upgrade the comfort for patrons at the Columbia Theater in Longview, Washington. GF Strategies, in cooperation with ED HOvee and Associates will review the projected costs for a new chiller […]

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Vancouver Washington based GF Strategies has been selected to work with the State Of Washington to review the financial projections for a project that will upgrade the comfort for patrons at the Columbia Theater in Longview, Washington.

GF Strategies, in cooperation with ED HOvee and Associates will review the projected costs for a new chiller for the building and provide findings on the ability of the local PFD to pay for the proposed financing vehicle to pay for the new system.

“We are pleased to be asked to work on this project” said Greg Flakus.” We have done prior work in Longview/Kelso for the local fairgrounds and also on a master plan for the Cowlitz County Events Center.”

The final project will be completed by the end of May.

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mobile payments continue to grow http://gfstrategies.com/mobile-payments-continue-to-grow/ http://gfstrategies.com/mobile-payments-continue-to-grow/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:10:55 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=619 Check out this new article from MPT.   Click here for full article.

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GF Strategies to present at IAFE confab http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-to-present-at-iafe-confab/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-to-present-at-iafe-confab/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:44:58 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=611 November 20, 2015 For Immediate Release Contact: Greg Flakus 360-573-7027 Greg@gfstrategies.com GF Strategies to attend IAFE Fairs meetings. Leading a panel on Technology—the future of Fairs. GF Strategies President Greg Flakus will be part of a panel at the International Association of Fairs meetings that begin November 28th in Las Vegas. The convention brings together […]

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November 20, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Greg Flakus
360-573-7027
Greg@gfstrategies.com

GF Strategies to attend IAFE Fairs meetings. Leading a panel on Technology—the future of Fairs.

GF Strategies President Greg Flakus will be part of a panel at the International Association of Fairs meetings that begin November 28th in Las Vegas.

The convention brings together Fair management, staffs and boards from around the world. GF Strategies will be attending these meetings for the 20th year.
Since landing their first national focus event in 1997, the Houston Livestock Show, the company has worked with 52 Fairs around the nation, including six of the top ten in terms of attendance as well as Fairs as small as three days and attendance of ten thousand.
The panel will be speaking on technology and will feature panelists speaking about what is new in ticketing, cashless payments, using mobile hot spots at the Fair and an overview from a leading festival producer that works with MGM to produce its emerging festival mix in Las Vegas. The panel is set for 2 p.m on Wednesday December 2nd.

GF Strategies has become one of the leaders in advising major festivals on the fasting growing area for events.—large three day festivals with daily attendance of 20,000 to 75,000 attendees. The focus is on how to increase the per person spending at these large events by bringing on board high end chefs, newly emerging spirits brands, local recognized mixologists and exciting food and beverage villages.

“The festival business, as well as the stadium and arena segment is our growth area” said company President Greg Flakus. “We are planning to keep our regional team working with our existing Fairs” said Flakus.
The GF Strategies team is on site at Fairs and manages all of the cash reporting from all food and beverage sales at events where the event earns a percentage of all sales.

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GF Strategies completes work for new food pantry http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-completes-work-for-new-food-pantry/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-completes-work-for-new-food-pantry/#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:37:14 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=601 GF Strategies has completed the successful work to assist the Fish of Vancouver local food pantry with their $1.6 million capital campaign. The two year effort to purchase their own building will be marked by a public grand opening November 21st. Fish of Vancouver is 47 years old and serves the families in need with […]

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GF Strategies has completed the successful work to assist the Fish of Vancouver local food pantry with their $1.6 million capital campaign. The two year effort to purchase their own building will be marked by a public grand opening November 21st. Fish of Vancouver is 47 years old and serves the families in need with emergency food boxes. Last year they gave to needy families over 700,000 pounds of food in weekly emergency food boxes.

GF Strategies led the effort to secure public and private funding for this project. For more information contact Greg Flakus at 360-573-7027 http://www.fishvancouver.org

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Greg Flakus talks on cashless http://gfstrategies.com/greg-flakus-talks-on-cashless/ http://gfstrategies.com/greg-flakus-talks-on-cashless/#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:24:29 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=493 Greg Flakus of GF Strategies speaks Saturday at the WAsington State Fairs convention on payment systems. Flakus will cover the history of payment systems from the old knuckle cruncher credit card units to the most recent move to cashless wristbands at events. ” Credit and its acceptance at events is taking cash out of the […]

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Greg Flakus of GF Strategies speaks Saturday at the WAsington State Fairs convention on payment systems. Flakus will cover the history of payment systems from the old knuckle cruncher credit card units to the most recent move to cashless wristbands at events. ” Credit and its acceptance at events is taking cash out of the picture” said Flakus. We are now working with many festivals to  bring cashless wristbands to events…We will be speaking about that and citing recent success stories from festivals that have gone all cashless, said Flakus.  #gfstrategiies #cashlesspayments #mobilecashless.  Visit our website for more information at www.gfstrategies.com. http://gfstrategies.com/chip-cards-replace-cards-for-payments/

 

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GF Strategies leadsClark County Fair to all time food sales record http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-leadsclark-county-fair-to-all-time-food-sales-record/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-leadsclark-county-fair-to-all-time-food-sales-record/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:48:41 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=459 GF Strategies helped the 2015 Clark County fair break their all time food sales record. GF Strategies food and beverage consulting team was on site to manage all aspects of the 2015 food and beverage services for the Fair. GF Strategies has been working with the Fair since 1999, and in the past three years […]

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GF Strategies helped the 2015 Clark County fair break their all time food sales record.
GF Strategies food and beverage consulting team was on site to manage all aspects of the 2015 food and beverage services for the Fair. GF Strategies has been working with the Fair since 1999, and in the past three years has seen the FAir eclipse records each year. This year, the Fair reached the 300,000 sales figure in a single day and reached over 1.8 million dollars in sales over the ten day run.
“We are pleased to report these results”, said GF Strategies president Greg Flakus. “They have worked with us every year since 1999” said Flakus.

GF Strategies will continue to work with five other Fairs and three festivals through October. The company helps venues, festivals and events with improving their food and beverage program, with a goal of increasing the per person spending at the event.

For more information visit our web page www.gfstrategies or contact us at 360-573-7027 or at greg@gfstrategies.com.

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GF Strategies marks work with 50th event http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-marks-work-with-50th-event/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-marks-work-with-50th-event/#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2015 15:11:14 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=404 From a start in 1993 with the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Oregon to the Big Fresno Fair in California this fall, its been quite a ride. GF Strategies grew out of a need to better manage the food and beverage program at the Oregon State Fair and since that time has worked with events […]

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2014-06-28 07.48.20From a start in 1993 with the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Oregon to the Big Fresno Fair in California this fall, its been quite a ride. GF Strategies grew out of a need to better manage the food and beverage program at the Oregon State Fair and since that time has worked with events from Vermont, to Florida, to Texas, to California. “I remember in the early days we were working with small county fairs and very happy to help them out” said company President Greg Flakus. “Little did we know that that small start in 1993 would have us now working with six of the largest attended Fairs in North America, major music festivals like Bonnaroo, some great rodeos like the St Paul Rodeo in Oregon and the Houston Livestock Show in Texas, and festivals like the Portland Rose Festival, Seafair in Seattle, Detroit Freedom Festival,and help many smaller events get their start.
The company is now working with major events to help them take the leap to going cashless. “This is the next step in the event and venue business” said Flakus. We are working with many of the large music festivals with attendance of over 80,000 per day. The new payment option is being well received by attendees so far.
In addition the firm does consulting work for stadiums,arenas and venues around the nation, with a focus on meeting with these venues and helping them to achieve higher sales per attendee, and increase per capita spending.
For more information visit our web site at www.gfstrategies.com.

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Intellitix expands cashless systems http://gfstrategies.com/intellitix-expands-cashless-systems/ http://gfstrategies.com/intellitix-expands-cashless-systems/#respond Fri, 15 May 2015 23:24:17 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=401 INtellitix continues to expand its cashless event system to major festivals and events. The company brought its system to Rock N Rio Las Vegas. Already the firm has worked this year with major festivals worldwide including Tomorrowland, Coachella, and many others. The customer can place funds on the wristband prior to arriving at the event […]

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INtellitix continues to expand its cashless event system to major festivals and events. The company brought its system to Rock N Rio Las Vegas. Already the firm has worked this year with major festivals worldwide including Tomorrowland, Coachella, and many others. The customer can place funds on the wristband prior to arriving at the event or when they get to the event. At Rock N Rio Las Vegas 73 purchase points were equipped with the tap and go handheld units via the RFID System. GF Strategies, one of the leading firms in cash controls for expo centers and Fairs was at the event to test it, and to meet with the principle with Intellitix. “This is the way events are moving”, said company President Greg Flakus. “We expect that some of our major Fairs will be moving to this kind of system as early as 2016”.

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Cashless festival Rock N Rio http://gfstrategies.com/cashless-festival-rock-n-rio/ http://gfstrategies.com/cashless-festival-rock-n-rio/#respond Fri, 15 May 2015 23:15:42 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=396 The cashless festival was a part of the theRock N Rio Las Vegas festival last weekend. The festival enters the second weekend of its all cashless event tonight at the new MGM Festival Grounds on the North end of the Las Vegas Strip..Over 45,000 fans attended and used the all cashless system at the event […]

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The cashless festival was a part of the theRock N Rio Las Vegas festival last weekend. The festival enters the second weekend of its all cashless event tonight at the new MGM Festival Grounds on the North end of the Las Vegas Strip..Over 45,000 fans attended and used the all cashless system at the event last weekend. The event attendess either could preload cash on their wristbands for usage at the event, or upon arriving at the event visit topoff stations to add funds at six booths or at the liquor locations. By tapping their wristband they could check their balance, and make purchases at each of the 73 purchase points. The system provided to the event by INtellitix (www.intellitix.com) uses RFID and a closed system which enables all funds to be managed within the festival. Early reports are that with a few opening day glitches,the system had no issues and handled transactions without any issues.
GF Strategies was at the event to test the system and to look at considering the system for the many venues that the firm works with nationwide. for more information visit www.intellitix.com.

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Food trends to be panel at IAVM confab http://gfstrategies.com/food-trends-to-be-panel-at-iavm-confab/ http://gfstrategies.com/food-trends-to-be-panel-at-iavm-confab/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:21:29 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=380 GF Strategies will be moderating a panel at the upcoming IAVM Regional meeting in Tacoma Washington.. The panel will discuss food trends and what is hot…On the panel will be representatives from the Tacoma Convention Center, The ShoWare Center in Kent Washington and national food service firm Centerplate. The topics to be discussed will include […]

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GF Strategies will be moderating a panel at the upcoming IAVM Regional meeting in Tacoma Washington.. The panel will discuss food trends and what is hot…On the panel will be representatives from the Tacoma Convention Center, The ShoWare Center in Kent Washington and national food service firm Centerplate.
The topics to be discussed will include local and local sourcing of food growers, trends in new design of food service points at venues, and technology that is being seen at venues from digital signage to iBEacons used for giving fans text messages with special offers. The panel will be on Tuesday afternoon April 21st.

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