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?

We would love to hear about it! GAME is always looking for new and innovative ideas for our growing product lines. GAME’s core business focuses on outdoor lifestyle and maintenance products for use in and around the pool and patio. We are actively exploring and expanding into other categories.  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 fill out the form below to receive our Submission Guidelines and all pertinent forms and agreements.  We do not accept any submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines.

Once we have received the signed documents we will start the review process.  We look forward to working with you!

I understand that you are permitting me to voluntarily submit to GREAT AMERICAN DUCK RACES, INC., dba GREAT AMERICAN MERCHANDISE & EVENTS (“GAME”) my inventions, designs, sketches, models, concepts or other materials, including any additional or supplemental submissions (all hereinafter referred to as “Materials”), that GAME both develops internally and has suggested to it many concepts for future products, and that there is the possibility that certain such concepts are similar to the Materials that I might submit to you.  In consideration for GAME’s willingness to review my submission for possible licensing, I understand and agree as follows: (i) Game has no obligation to license or otherwise compensate me for Materials that are similar to concepts developed by GAME internally or submitted by third parties; (ii) My submission to GAME is not made in confidence and no obligation is undertaken by GAME to license the Materials by virtue of the submission itself, and unless and until a formal, written contract is signed, and then the obligation shall be only that which is expressed in the formal, written contract;  (iii) Under no circumstances will I ever contend that GAME is obligated to me based on any oral or implied-in-fact contract or confidential relationship arising from my submission or Materials or otherwise arising from GAME’s review of my Materials; (iv) Under no circumstance will GAME be obligated to me in any manner based upon my submission of Materials except under the patent and/or copyright laws of the United States; (v) GAME’s willingness to review my materials does not constitute an admission by GAME of novelty, priority, or originality and does not impair GAME’s right to contest existing or future patents claiming the Materials; and (vi) GAME has no obligation to compensate me for any damage, which may occur to my Materials during shipping. I hereby represent that I have the right to submit the Materials under the foregoing terms and conditions, which also shall apply to any further information concerning the Materials that I elect to submit.

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By clicking SUBMIT I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the above TERMS and CONDITIONS.

Team

Eric Schechter – Founder & CEO

The Plays I run at GAME – Head Duck or CEO-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 – Of course, our Giant Inflatable Derby Duck!  Oh and Galaxy Glos around my pool.
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – “If Money can fix it, is it really a problem”

Steve Taylor – President

The Plays I run at GAME – Keep the team 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 beans, keep the computers up and keep us Human Resources compliant
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 our customers happy
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2015
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Wireless Speaker & Underwater Light Show – helps to get your party on.
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Jillian Costantino – Vice President of Sales

The Plays I run at GAME – Sell, sell, sell & repeat!
Time in the GAME League – Since March 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Wireless Speaker & 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 help our customers sell more!
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2015
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Wireless Speaker & Underwater Light Show and Giant Inflatable Derby Duck
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – I love to spend money but I hate to waste it

Valerie Steinberg – Sales Account Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – Sell products worldwide!
Time in the GAME League – Since February 2014
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Wireless Speaker & Underwater Light Show
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 – Internet Sales Manager
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 products are looking good on 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 shipments get delivered on time.
Time in the GAME League – Since 2009
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Solar Underwater Light Show Deluxe
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

Paul Hughes – Consumer Care Specialist

The Plays I run at GAME – Developing a High Tolerance Level – Coming up with a resolution.
Time in the GAME League – March 2008
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Underwater Lightshow (Starship)
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Don’t be upset with someone else, for something you could have accomplished yourself.

Michelle Knapik – Staff Accountant

The Plays I run at GAME – I help count the products.
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 products, on time, within budget and scope
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2015
Favorite GAME promotion/product –Wireless Speaker & Light Show
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 – Accounts Receivable Manager

The Plays I run at GAME – Managing, streamlining and performing daily operations for credit, collections and cash applications, ensuring timing and accuracy.
Time in the GAME League – July 2014
Favorite GAME promotion/product –Light Up Flowers, GeoShapes and Pals
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – If I can conceive and believe, I can achieve.

Denise Garcia – EDI Specialist

The Plays I run at GAME – Making sure all our products 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 – Accts. Payable/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
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 help create products
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
Time in the GAME League – Since May 2016
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Wireless Speaker & Underwater Light Show
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – When there is a Will, there is a Way

Tony Zhao  – China Supply Chain Specialist

The Plays I run at GAME – Supply Chain
Time in the GAME League – Since January 2017
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Wireless Speaker & Underwater Light show
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Nothing is impossible

Sonya Joseph Executive Project Coordinator

The Plays I run at GAME – Taking care of the team so they can take care of you!
Time in the GAME League – Since June 2017
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Glitter Globes!
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – Though she be but little, she is fierce!

Arron Mack – Director of Product Develpment

The Plays I run at GAME – Deliver an experience to the consumer.
Time in the GAME League – Since Sept 2017
Favorite GAME promotion/product – Our cute family of Chlorinators.
Favorite phrase, quote, cliche – “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius