President Greg Flakus

Greg Flakus founded his company in 1993 as Winning Ticket Strategies. His first client was the Oregon State Fair in Salem,Oregon. Working with management at this Fair, Greg developed a food and beverage tracking system that is still in use today. Greg has since worked with customers throughout North America, including the Houston Livestock Show, San Diego County Fair, Tulsa State Fair, San Mateo Expo and Western Idaho Events Center.

In 2001, the company was renamed GF Strategies, to reflect the firm’s expanded work in helping convention centers, arenas and stadiums with the selection of a master food contractor.

Prior to founding WTS, Greg worked in the Fair industry as the marketing director for the off-track wagering facility network in northern California. He also has worked in public relations for Oregon’s largest horseracing facility. Greg is a 1975 University of Oregon graduate with a degree in Journalism. His wife Carol is a mathematics professor at the local college in Longview, Washington. The business is based in Vancouver, Washington.




Staff Reference Letter

Field Operations Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Rocky Mountains

Jim Kolshinski 360-573-7027

Field Operations Oregon, California, Arizona

Mike Prince 541-210-5517

Director of Admissions, Ticketing and New Technology Applications

Tom MacLachlan Longview Washington 360-573-7027
Design and Architecture Team Member Casey Wyckoff LSW Architects
Vancouver WAshington 360-694-8571