In this episode, Hall welcomes John-Mark Collins, Co-Founder, Owner, and Operator of Electric Playhouse.
Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Electric Playhouse is an experiential platform company building easily replicable distributable content and operational facilities for families and adults to enjoy. Electric Playhouse has one open location in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two more in the works in Dallas and Houston. Electric Playhouse produces creative worlds for immersive and interactive experiences including games, dining & special events for all ages.
John-Mark started his educational career in art and architecture (completing two years), before taking a break from college. His earned education consists of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, and an MBA (managed to do all three of those in 6 years). However, his real education came in the form of 15 years in the hospitality industry before returning to his education. He managed restaurants and bars across the US, from Chicago to New Mexico. This experience, coupled with his education, has led him to where he is now – the owner and operator of Electric Playhouse.
Prior to launching Electric Playhouse, he started a B2B business in exhibit and experience design, Storylab Interactive, in 2016. Before that, he worked at Ideum doing exhibit design and software development, and at Sandia National Labs as a software engineer.
John-Mark is from Cleveland, Ohio originally and now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and two young girls – Lola (7) and Mila (5).
John-Mark advises both investors and entrepreneurs, shares how he sees the immersive experiential industry evolving, and discusses some of the challenges startups face.
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Music courtesy of Bensound.
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