After 7 years of home-haunting through my high school and college years the idea of owning, operating, and creating a professional haunt has been on the back burner for quite some time.
I am 24 years old, born and raised in Buffalo, NY and have always been an "artistic," but also with a strong business sense and entrepreneurial spirit. In May 2009 I graduated with my BA in Marketing, even though I began school going for both graphic & creature/industrial design. Originally, I thought I wanted to work with an advertising agency in the creative department, but after a couple internships (and job searching for well over a year) I decided that wasn't going to be my path. So I recently moved to Phoenix, AZ this past October to continue my mobile auto detailing business I started in Buffalo last summer as I am a huge automobile enthusiast, which I was planning on continuing as well as getting my dealers license out here in Phoenix. 6 months of winter is not an "automobile friendly" environment and I can't stand the cold!
But after my dad and I attended the Trans World event for the first time ever last weekend in St. Louis I then and there had never been more sure of anything in my entire life. It was an awesome experience to be surrounded by so many passionate individuals involved with the haunt industry. I'm sure many of you were there and I may have walked right by you!
Needless to say I have been researching, drawing up plans, and finalizing all costs for well over a year now. Everything is 100% in place down to the T. My dad is still back in Buffalo and we are scouting out potential spots for our first season and I will be temporarily moving back home for the back end of summer to early November. My ultimate goal is to have a successful haunt in my hometown and continue my automobile passion here in AZ the rest of the year.
Glad I finally became part of this forums and there appears to be a wealth of knowledge, experience, and great folks on here. Hope to definitely become more actively involved.
Western New York better prepare for the most frightening, creative, and unexpected haunted attraction this October 2011 season.