Corporate Facts

Great American Merchandise and Events (GAME)

A cutting-edge innovator in the special event marketing and merchandise industries. With a strong presence throughout the United States and seven other countries, GAME provides services to diverse non-profit organizations that raise millions of dollars for charities across the globe.

For more information about our “Fun”draising Events, please visit our Fundraising Site.

The success of the Derby Duck® and Turbo Turtle® Races have spun off a retail line of pool, spa, toy and specialty merchandise available around the world. Please visit our New Products page to view our fantastic new products!

Official Mascots

  • Derby Duck®
  • Derby Dolphin™
  • Surfin’ Shark™
  • Orca Whale™

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)
  • General Merchandise Distributor Council (GMDC)
  • National Spa & Pool Institute (NSPI)

Mission

To delight our customers by providing a continuous cycle of innovative products delivered with uncompromising value, quality and service.

Vision

To be the leader in continuous innovation and production of FUN Products and Services that transforms the ordinary pleasures of life into unique and remarkable experiences.

Fundraising

GAME™ started in 1988 as a fundraising idea for the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. The first race was such a success that GAME took the Duck Race idea and formed a company that could help other charitable organizations raise tons of money through this unique community event. We raise millions of dollars for these organizations every year. For additional information about our duck races, visit our Fundraising Site or click the banner above.

Inventors

Do you have an Idea, New Product or Invention for the Pool and Spa market?

We would love to hear about it! GAME is always looking for new and innovative ideas for our growing product lines. GAME’s business focuses on outdoor lifestyle and maintenance products for use in and around the pool and patio. Our current customer base includes retailers such as Wal-mart, Target, K-mart, Home Depot and Lowes as well as major Pool and Spa retailers. GAME brings years of experience, know-how, a global infrastructure and the necessary funding to take charge of your product to achieve international success.

An example of our successful partnership with Inventors:
The idea for the Underwater Light Show, a “self-contained light show” that creates a myriad of lighting pattern in a pool, was brought to GAME by an inventor. GAME worked closely with the inventor to develop this concept into a viable product. It is currently sold by all major retailers in the US as well as overseas. It is a partnership that has proven to be successful for all parties.

WHAT TO DO NEXT:
If you are interested in submitting your idea to GAME, please read our Submission Guidelines and contact us at inventors@game-group.com.

GAME conscientiously reviews New Product Submissions during the period of September thru January. After the review process, GAME will contact each inventor directly. We look forward to hearing from you!

Team

Eric Schechter – President

The Plays I run at GAME – Head Duck or President-I have done it all from Duck Tagging to Strategic Planning.
Time in the GAME League – Been putting the FUN in Fundraising since 1988 and Cool In Your Pool since 2001.
Favorite GAME promotion/product – ePool® in your merchandising division will be one of the most time-saving, innovative products in the marketplace.
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. (Maybe I should change this to a Duck acronym!)

Steve Taylor – General Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – Keep the flock focused on what really matters: the customer.
Time in the GAME League – Since 2010
Favorite GAME promotion/product – GalaxyGlo
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.

Bob Ives – Vice President of Finance

The Plays I run at GAME – I count the ducks, not the beans.
Time in the GAME League – Since 2000 and too many characters to count!
Favorite GAME promotion/product – The Underwater Light Show™ and all of its variations: large, mini, twister, Kool-Light–A–Scope, fountain and dancing.
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – I’ve got it covered.

Jennifer Dwiggins – Director of Customer Support

The Plays I run at GAME – Keeping the Feathers of the Ducks well oiled so they survive the harsh seasons.
Time in the GAME League – Been oiling the Duck’s feathers since June 2015.
Favorite GAME promotion/product – The Bluetooth Underwater Light Show – helps to get your party on.
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Don’t count your “ducks” before they hatch.

Jillian Costantino – Vice President of Sales

The Plays I run at GAME – Selling Ducks by the flocks and the occasional Shark!
Time in the GAME League – Since March 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Blue Tooth Underwater Light Show
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Lead, Follow or Get Out of My Way

Michael White – Director of Sales of Specialty Channel & Marketing

The Plays I run at GAME – I make hotter Ducks.
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Giant Inflatable Derby Duck
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – “Civilize the mind, but make savage the body”

Stephen Heaven – Director of Product Development

The Plays I run at GAME – I make hotter Ducks.
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Giant Inflatable Derby Duck
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – “Civilize the mind, but make savage the body”

Valerie Steinberg – Sales Account Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – Sell them Ducks!
Time in the GAME League – Since February 2014.
Favorite GAME promotion/product – GalaxyGLO! So many things to do with one product!
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Either I will find a way, or I will make one.

Fred Ghayour – Mass Sales Support

The Plays I run at GAME – Mass and internet sales support.
Time in the GAME League – Since September 2013
Favorite GAME promotion/product – AquaJet Fountain
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – “The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

Gabe Loncsar – Creative Services Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – I’m the guy that designs the stuff that our stuff goes into and then some. I also design the actual stuff.
Time in the GAME League – Seasoned veteran; free agent out of Chicago in 2001
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Just like the original Coca-Cola® and classic cars, there’s nothing like the original, classic Derby Duck®.
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Seek first to understand. Then to be understood.

Andrea Hamilton – Graphic Designer

The Plays I run at GAME – Making sure all the ducks are looking good on their boxes, online & on print!
Time in the GAME League – Since February 2015
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Light Up Flowers
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss

Frank Zhang – Supply Chain Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – I make sure that all the ducks don’t get lost or delayed and reach their new homes on time.
Time in the GAME League – Since 2009
Favorite GAME promotion/product – ePool® Smart System – The Wireless Way to a Smarter, Healthier Pool™
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

Paul Hughes – Supply Chain Specialist

The Plays I run at GAME – Watching the flocks leave the nest and find a safe resting place.
Time in the GAME League – March 2008
Favorite GAME promotion/product – ULS Fountain™
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.

Michelle Knapik – Staff Accountant

The Plays I run at GAME – I help count the ducks.
Time in the GAME League – Since July 2007
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Floating Light Garden™
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – “A woman is like a teabag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Joe Bernard – Operations Project Manager

The Plays I run at GAME –Delivering ducks, on time, within budget and scope
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2015
Favorite GAME promotion/product –Underwater Light Show and Fountain
Favorite phrase, quote, cliché – Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward

Mary Stowe – Account Analyst

The Plays I run at GAME – I make sure the ducks are getting their duck dollars in a timely manner
Time in the GAME League – Since August 2014
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Outdoor Solar Shower
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – The more the merrier.

Denise Garcia – EDI Specialist

The Plays I run at GAME – Making sure all our ducks are in a row in the technical world
Time in the GAME League – Since January 2015
Favorite GAME promotion/product -Galaxy Glo
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not

Craig Spitzer – Purchasing Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – Accounts Payable/Purchasing
Time in the GAME League – Since February 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Underwater Light Show Starship
Favorite phrase, quote, cliché – I do it because I can. I can because I want to. I want to because you said I couldn’t.

Yuqian Wang – Junior Product Development Engineer

The Plays I run at GAME – I feed ducks.
Time in the GAME League – Since May 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Return jet light
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – What’s meant to be yours will be yours.

Valerie Gale – Office Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – Greet, Connect & Assist Ducks
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Wireless Speaker & Underwater Light Show
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – When there is a Will, there is a Way

Valerie Gale – Office Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – Greet, Connect & Assist Ducks
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Wireless Speaker & Underwater Light Show
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – When there is a Will, there is a Way

Stephen Cooper – Sales Representative

The Plays I run at GAME – Duck Calls
Time in the GAME League – Since January 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Giant Inflatable Derby Duck
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” – Thomas Paine

Dana DeMarco – Social Media/Executive Project Coordinator

The Plays I run at GAME – Keep the ducks quacking.
Time in the GAME League – Since July 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Giant Inflatable Duck
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Don’t be afraid of being different. Be afraid of being the same as everyone else.

April Toby – Customer Service Representative

The Plays I run at GAME – Delivering ducks, on time, within budget and scope
Time in the GAME League – Since October 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Inflatable Derby Duck
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them -Walt Disney