International Santa Celebration • ISC2020 Atlanta Focused on our Future

Thu, April 23 2020, 3:30 PM - Sat, April 25 2020, 10:00 PM [EST]

3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30305, United States

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ISC2020 FULL PAYMENT Partial Approval - $345.00

Registering for more than one person requires a unique email address for each attendee. Registrants who select this option and have an existing PayPal credit account may be able to extend their payments over up to six months without interest.

ISC2020 Atlanta Online Charity Fundraiser - OPTION ONLY AVAILABLE FOR FULL PAYMENT REGISTRATION

Sales end on - 04/23/2020

IBRBS and the ISC2020 Committee have selected two nationally prominent, low-overhead charities to receive proceeds from special fundraising events, including your generous donations here. Monies raised will equally benefit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as two or three Christmas Community 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, recommended by you to the ISC Charity Committee. $5 is the minimum donation via this registration. You will have several other opportunities during the event to participate in fundraising activities and to contribute. A major portion of the sales of ISC commemorative merchandise will also benefit this fund. Show the children that you care and donate generously. We are counting on you. Thank you.

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Event Information

Thu, April 23 2020, 3:30 PM - Sat, April 25 2020, 10:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

Every two years, the International Santa Celebration (ISC) brings together members of the Christmas Community from around the world for socialization, learning, networking, and camaraderie. Hosted by IBRBS, the world's largest organization of professional Santas and Mrs. Clauses, ISC events are open to all types of Christmas performers, whether members of IBRBS or not.

Grand Hyatt BuckheadRegistration fees grant each attendee complete access to two full days of instructional workshops, our extensive (over 5,000sf) Vendor Showcase area, six plated meals, including two gourmet dinner events, with terrific entertainment and speakers, and much more! You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to learn more about our Community and our passion, as well as to mingle with old friends and make new ones. Arrive early and take advantage of touring some of the exciting venues, including the Coca Cola Museum, the Aquarium, the College Football Hall of Fame, and more.

You may now make reservations via Grand Hyatt Buckhead's direct online reservation system. Currently, there is adequate space remaining on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, April 23-25, 2020, via this link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/ATLGH/G-SANB?target=%22new%22

Join us in Atlanta as we Focus on Our Future!

 

Preliminary ISC2020 Atlanta Schedule (times subject to change)

Thursday, April 23, 2020

  • Explore Atlanta on your own (discounts available for many venues)
  • 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm Vendor Showcase Opens
  • 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm Check-in begins
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Welcome Reception

Friday, April 24, 2020

  • 7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Check-in
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Hospitality Room Open
  • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshops
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 pm Vendor Showcase Open (closed during dinner)
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Workshops
  • 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Dinner, Charity Fundraising, and Entertainment

Saturday, April 25, 2020

  • 7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Hospitality Room Open
  • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshops
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 pm Vendor Showcase Open (closed during dinner)
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Workshops
  • 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Event Attendee Photograph
  • 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Gala Dinner and Entertainment

Sunday, April 26, 2020

  • Vendor Showcase open during tear-down (by 4pm)

ISC2020 Atlanta-themed Merchandise

A secure shopping site to pre-order ISC merchandise can be found here.
Purchases may be made by attendees and those unable to join us in Atlanta.
Your personalized goods will be created and your custom order will be available
 for pickup in Atlanta at the time of check-in.
If you can not attend, your order will be shipped in the several weeks following the close of ISC2020 Atlanta. A shipping fee will be charged.

ISC2020 Merchandise Description Item Photo or Mockup Size
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IBRBS ISC2020 ENAMEL PIN 2"W x 1.5"H

Gold and Nickel plated pin showing a shadowed Atlanta Skyline with IBRBS logo and ISC2020 Atlanta banner.  Peach-shaped moon is glittery. Pre-order with one of two attachment devices: standard dual butterfly clutch pins or 3-magnet backing.

Net proceeds to benefit the ISC2020 Charity Fund, supporting two nationally-known and respected children's charities, St Jude Children's Research Hospital and Make-A-Wish, as well as our own IBRBS members' 501(c)(3) organizations.

 Enameled metal souvenir pin N/A $10 

IBRBS ISC2020 EMBROIDERED PATCH 4"W x 3"H

Off-white background with brightly-colored Atlanta Skyline design.

Net proceeds to benefit the ISC2020 Charity Fund, supporting two nationally-known and respected children's charities as well as our own IBRBS member 501(c)(3)s.

Embroidered 4 N/A $10

GA CHAPTERS COMMEMORATIVE ISC T-SHIRT (SML-5X)

This custom-design tee, available in either white or peach and in unisex sizes Small to 5XL features a celebratory Georgia Peach and includes commemorative text about the ISC2020 Atlanta and IBRBS.

A portion of the net proceeds will benefit GA children's charities to be selected in early 2020.

White or
Peach in Small to 5XL
$20

GA CHAPTERS COMMEMORATIVE ISC ENAMELED PIN

A great Pin for Lapel, Vest, Hat, Cap, Jacket, Shirt, Blouse, etc. NOTE: Fine hot pink line around edge represents the border of the gold-plated pin.

A portion of the net proceeds will benefit GA children’s charities to be selected in early 2020.

N/A $10

GA CHAPTERS COMMEMORATIVE CHALLENGE COIN

This multi-color custom stamped metal and enamel pin (2" round) is a celebratory Georgia Peach and features commemorative text about the Georgia Santa/Mrs. Claus Chapters, the ISC2020 Atlanta, and IBRBS. NOTE: Image shows the textured gold edge of the coin as a hot pink line.

A portion of the net proceeds will benefit GA children’s charities to be selected in early 2020.

 

GA Chapter ISC Challenge Coin N/A $15

GA CHAPTERS COMMEMORATIVE ISC CAP

This adult one-size fits most adjustable custom-design cap features a celebratory Georgia Peach and commemorative text about the ISC2020 Atlanta and IBRBS. Available in Black or Peach. The easy-to-adjust Velcro-style closure will fit head sizes from 18" to 23".

A portion of the net proceeds will benefit GA children’s charities to be selected in early 2020.

  Adjustable
One Size fits most Adults
$15

GA CHAPTERS COMMEMORATIVE ISC 17 OZ. STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE

Stainless steel vacuum bottles come emblazoned with the GA Chapters ISC2020 logo on either an anodized bright red or clear stainless 17 oz. bottle. An incredible bargain!

A portion of the net proceeds will benefit GA children’s charities to be selected in early 2020.

16.9oz
500ml
$20

GA CHAPTERS COMMEMORATIVE ISC DECAL

Get your own GA Chapters ISC2020 high-quality logo decal. These full-color 4"x4" sized decals are printed on a clear substrate and feature the Georgia Peach-these ISC logo, designed for the contributing Georgia-area Chapters.

A portion of the net proceeds will benefit GA children’s charities to be selected in early 2020.

GA Chapter ISC2020 Decal N/A $5

Cancellation Policy

The ISC Committee hopes that you will not have to change your plans to attend ISC2020 Atlanta. However, we realize that circumstances sometimes arise that may require you to cancel your attendance. Because of the financial commitments the ISC Committee and IBRBS are making based on the number of planned and actual registrations, our cancellation policy is defined below. Space is limited, and we expect to sell out. If you must cancel your registration, please send an email to ISC.Info@IBRBSantas.org.

Refunds will be processed based on the following terms:

- 100% refund prior to January 10th, 2020 (less 5% processing fees*)

- 70% refund from January 11th to February 10th, 2020 (5% processing fees already applied*)

- 50% refund from February 11th to March 10th, 2020 (5% processing fees already applied*)

- 0% refund after March 11th, 2020 (Sorry, but the ISC can no longer adjust its commitment to the hotel. We suggest you try to find a replacement to take your place and avoid losing your entire deposit.)

If you must cancel your registration, please be sure to immediately cancel any Grand Hyatt room reservation so you are not charged a hotel fee, and so that your room may be made available to others. To avoid a cancellation fee, you may wish to find others who can attend to take your place. We will work with you on changing the registration details once you have made your financial arrangements with the substitute.

*PayPal no longer refunds the processing fees to the seller when your purchases are cancelled or refunded. As a result, the refunded amounts noted above contain a small service fee to help the ISC cover those costs that we will still incur should you have to cancel. Thank you for your understanding.

RV Options

If you are to drive and/or stay in your RV for the ISC, there are a limited number of spaces available and reserved for our registered attendees at a nightly rate of $75 (plus tax/fees). These spaces have no hookups, and those staying in their RVs must be fully contained. If you would like to reserve one of these spaces on a first-requested, first-assigned basis, send an email to ISC.Info@IBRBSantas.org, and we will contact you to work out the details.

Join IBRBS
The World's Largest Organization of Professional Santas and Mrs. Clauses

Not yet a member of IBRBS or need more information? Our fiscal and member year runs from 10/1 to 9/30 of the following year. Dues are a bargain at $32.50 and full membership allows you to participate in the Santa's Heart Program, the Christmas Performers School Scholarship, the Higher Educational Scholarship, discounted and subsidized background checks and access to industry leading individual entertainer's liability insurance.  Please visit our website at members.IBRBSantas.org.

Have Questions? Write to us at: ISC.Info@IBRBSantas.org

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About the Organizer

Founded in 2012, IBRBS is the world's largest organization of professional Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and supporting spouses. With more than 2,175 active members and more than 42 affiliated Chapters, IBRBS offers its members a wonderful array of benefits and programs, including the prestigious Santa's Heart Program honoring our members' charitable contributions of time and talent, Christmas performer scholarships, Higher Education scholarships for immediate family members, social networking and educational events, discounted and subsidized background checks, individual entertainer's insurance, and much more. Focused on our Future, IBRBS is a member-driven 501(c)(7) Not-for-Profit Organization whose purpose is: (1) to support, mentor, and promote professional development of Christmas Performers; (2) to be an avenue for social networking for Santa and those within the community who appear and perform in the Spirit of Christmas; and (3) to strive to offer Santa services to deserving organizations.

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Event Speakers

George Allan is a portrait artist and studio owner of 40 plus years. While he may not look like Santa, he does share the compassion and passion to give and support others, especially children. George has photographed over 2000 weddings, thousands of family portraits, major CEO's, and Santas too. George has been awarded national recognition for his images by Kodak and the PPA (Professional Photographers Association). George has been employed for 13 years by the big three Santa photo companies, which are now one large company. George managed a mall location for 8 years, area coached for two seasons, and served as General Manager of Photo Operations for Marriott Gaylord National Ice Promotion for 3 years. George is a cancer survivor, husband, dad to two teens, and a devoted Christian.

Now in his 23rd year of performing, Lee educates and entertains at schools, libraries, festivals, fairs, church programs, and corporate events nearly 500 times each year. When Lee created his clown character, Lew-E, at the age of 3, he had no idea that it would turn into his career. Lee has been blessed with the opportunity to travel the world creating thousands of smiles for families of all ages. Lee is a former Advance Clown for Cole Brothers Circus for three seasons, Guest Trainer for Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque du Monde, and was featured in Zac Brown Band’s music video for Goodbye in Her Eyes. He was also featured in the hit TV series, Hap and Leonard. Lee also has the opportunity to portray Santa to thousands of children and their families each November and December. Santa Claus is a very important role to Lee, and he ensures that each child receives the Santa experience they deserve. As Santa Lee, he’s been blessed to be able to provide Santa for many Fortune 500 Companies, themed resorts, tree lightings, community events, and family home visits.

Stephen Arnold is the current IBRBS President and CEO.

Judith Broderick has been the “Woman Behind the Scenes for All Things Christmas” most of her life. Through her love of children, Christmas, and an uncanny desire to volunteer for everything, she was always looking for ways to keep the magic in Christmas and the Spirit alive year round. She proudly accepted the official title of Mrs. Claus, for Santa Bill Wilson, almost 10 years ago. She chose the Christmas name “Bestemor Claus” to reflect her heritage and her love of her grandchildren. It means grandmother in Norwegian. (She’s Grandma Claus to the elf children). Her second time as Mrs Claus found her talking to a deaf mother about her safety after her children told Bestemor their older brother was beating up their mom. The following month, she and Santa Bill started ASL classes. Since then she has graduated from the C.W.Howard School for Santas, the International School for Santas, the St. Nicholas Institute, and the Christmas Performers Workshop. She has attended numerous Santa gatherings and workshops. She was knighted a Knight of St Nicholas, and is a member of IBRBS, Clan Claus, and helped Bill start Wisconsin Santas. She is now their IBRBS representative. In 2018, along with her partner Deanna, she launched Santa Nana’s Holiday University (SNHU), the first of its kind school focused on the female performer.

Santa Blake Ellege (Appalachian Santa) has been performing since the age of 2. He was signed to his first record contract at the age of 4 and performed actively all over the USA and the world for the next 14 years. Blake has been portraying Santa for the past 11 years and gives God the glory for all of the blessings he’s been given in such his short time on earth. He has a BA in Classical Music Performance and currently travels full time (270+ paid performances a year) as the Front Man, Lead Vocalist and Singer for 11 different bands. Blake’s unique background in theater, opera, singing professionally and musical theater work for the past 20 years has given him a unique approach to portraying Santa, character development, singing and overall performance quality. He is currently a Voting Grammy Member, a member of The International Blues Society, CMA, IBMA, PAVA and a Lifetime Member of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Stephen began his Santa portrayal following a call from the recreational therapy at UNC Children’s Hospital. In his efforts to bring the very best Santa experience to those and other children, he and his wife, Debra, developed what parents dubbed “Smart Santa”. Using modern technology, Debra, sent him information. He knew the child’s name, age, favorite present from last Christmas and positive aspects of the child’s personality. This technique created amazement for children and their families. Stephen realized that he could only see a limited number of children annually which prompted him to teach the method of “Smart Santa” to others. He authored the book,” Santaology, The Art of Becoming a Great Santa Claus”. The book contains multiple original stories, visual props, and his method of performing for children and adults alike. Stephen has partnered with Santa Leon A. McBryde and together as the “Brothers Claus” teach seminars on props and Santa techniques.

Stephen began his Santa portrayal following a call from the recreational therapy at UNC Children’s Hospital. In his efforts to bring the very best Santa experience to those and other children, he and his wife, Debra, developed what parents dubbed “Smart Santa”. Using modern technology, Debra, sent him information. He knew the child’s name, age, favorite present from last Christmas and positive aspects of the child’s personality. This technique created amazement for children and their families. Stephen realized that he could only see a limited number of children annually which prompted him to teach the method of “Smart Santa” to others. He authored the book,” Santaology, The Art of Becoming a Great Santa Claus”. The book contains multiple original stories, visual props, and his method of performing for children and adults alike. Stephen has partnered with Santa Leon A. McBryde and together as the “Brothers Claus” teach seminars on props and Santa techniques. Leon first donned the red suit in 1962 at the age of nineteen for Belk’s Department Store in Fayetteville, NC. After that, he led an exciting and unusual life. He performed as a clown and did advance promotional work for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus and, in 1990, was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame. In 2010, Leon retired from clowning, let his white beard grow out, and once again put on the red suit. He created a line of Santa products and partnered with Santa Stephen Gillham to develop props and training seminars. Together they are known as “The Brothers Claus”. Leon believes portraying Santa Claus is his calling; and he does Corporate jobs, home visits, and promotions such as the Biltmore in the Miami area and Atlantis in the Bahamas. He and his wife, Linda, raised two sons and have six grandchildren and a great grandchild.

After retiring from the business world in 2014, a Santa friend asked Deanna whether she would be interested in being a Mrs. Claus. He thought she would like it and would be good at it, since she loved Christmas, loved children, and loved the holiday spirit. She commissioned a dress and volunteered her weekends as Mrs. Claus. Before she knew it, she found herself being interviewed on live morning news shows, sitting next to Santa for photos, and going to corporate parties, family parties, and charity events. After the first child, the first hug, and the first smile, she was hooked, and she has been working on the art of Mrs. Claus since, performing solo or with different Santas. In 2015, Deanna began volunteering for IBRBS, and accepted increasing responsibilities as the membership grew. In 2016, she was appointed as the first female Ex-Officio Director; in February 2018 she was elected by the membership to the Board of Directors; and in June 2018 she was elected by the Board as Secretary and Officer. Life is about learning, and Deanna has committed to growing her professional craft, which has now evolved into both student and teacher. She has attended several professional Christmas performer schools and workshops, and in 2018, Deanna, along with her partner, Judi, launched Santa Nana's Holiday University (SNHU), the first-of-its-kind school focused on the female performer.

Howard Graham is Chair of ISC2020 Atlanta, and IBRBS Vice President of Professional Development.

Allen was born and raised in Las Vegas. He is the President of Kaercher Insurance. He has over 40 years of experience in development and implementation of risk management programs, specializing in risk control programs for a diverse range of clients, including hospitality/gaming accounts, public entitles, healthcare facilities, airports, hotel/casinos and other large, complex accounts. Allen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business insurance administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He helped develop the first Owner Controlled Insurance Program and assisted with implementation of the first Self Insured Workers Compensation program in Nevada with the risk managers of Summa Corporation and MGM Grand. The result was the creation of laws that are still in effect today in the State of Nevada. He devotes a great deal of his time to numerous community organizations including the Blind Center of Nevada, After School All Stars and Southern Nevada Water Authority. He also serves as an honorary commander with the Nellis Support Team and was honored by the Business Advisory Council as the 2006 Businessman of the Year.

Sarah lives in her hometown of Colorado and has three children. In December of 2015, Sarah’s eldest daughter Lily, who has various medical needs and a rare diagnosis, faced a somewhat dis-heartening moment as she sat in Lily’s room and watched her in her bed. Lily had returned home from a long hospitalization that required various new machines, medicines and respiratory treatments. Going outside to face the cold was hardly possible for her little girl. She also thought of Santa and how impossible it would be to see him with the rest of the family. She immediately envisioned Santa walking into Lily’s room from her doorway and pictured Lily’s face lighting up with a big smile. After researching to find a Santa to do home visits, she recruited a nearby Santa and asked that he visit families she knew who also had children with special medical needs. In two weeks, Santa and Mrs. Claus visited 16 children in three different cities. Another Santa heard of the efforts and visited several families in a city a few hours away. Since this wonderful first year, the initiative became the Secret Sleigh Project and involves hundreds of Santas and Christmas performers throughout the United States. To date thousands of visits have been performed. Secret Sleigh Project has been featured Several Times on ABC News, Good Morning America, and in local newspapers such as the Coloradoan, Denver Post & Reporter Herald. She received an award from the City of Fort Collins in October of 2017 for her work in the community to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.

As an author and veteran speaker, trainer, seminar leader and entertainer, Jeffrey’s dynamic presentation style has unusually strong impact. Jeffrey draws from his experiences as a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown and consultant, as well as over 30 years of international family-based programming for some of the world’s largest companies. With over 5,000 programs from living rooms, to the world’s largest venues – there are few situations a Christmas performer will find themselves in that Jeff has not experienced. Jeffrey is the author of: “Tender Moments from the Big Chair,” “Just in Time … Just isn’t Enough!” and his work also has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work.

A Retired Army Major (Airborne), Fernando Luis Pena Mirabal has over 25 years of experience as a university professor (Graduate & Undergraduate) in the areas of Business and Public Administration, Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Business Law. Before his retirement, he worked as a Business Lawyer and Entrepreneurship Advisor on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. He’s given presentations, seminars, and trainings to a great variety of industries such as Coca Cola, Sam’s Club, Plaza de Caribe, Hewlett Packard, Sara Lee, Avon, Starkist Caribe, Dunn & Bradstreet, Abbott Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson, Baxter International, Bristol-Myers, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Triple S, Integrand, Texaco, and Shell, to mention just a few.

Mrs.B.Claus, aka Betty Mocik Motter, has been joining and supporting Santas on visits to thousands of events for over a decade now from Coast to Coast in the U.S., while bringing the magic of Christmas to thousands more personally herself. Having been an international sales trainer and professional speaker for many years, and a much sought-after emcee for every kind of event, Betty captivates her audience whether in a classroom setting, keynoting a national convention, or delivering the magic of Christmas individually to children of any age or special need, year round. She knows how to make events memorable, how to assist Santa with the many details regarding the variety of events, and is able to teach experienced and prospective Mrs. Clauses to do the same. A certified Hospice volunteer, she shares her love of Christmas through that charity, and inspires others to find their special calling to give back somehow, too.

When Mike was a sophomore in college in Alexandria, Louisiana, the local K-Mart advertised for a Santa for Christmas in 1967. He applied and got the job. For three years with a traditional beard and pillow stuffing, he entertained the children of central Louisiana. He enjoyed the time so much, after he graduated, he had his own suit made and continued to entertain children at Christmastime. In the meantime, Mike attended Clown College on the Road in Houston, Texas and began a career as a Professional Clown. Again, entertaining children not only in Louisiana, but in Costa Rica. While there he was the featured clown at the home of the United States Ambassador to Costa Rica for their Fourth of July festivities. He also taught a class in Clowning in the Drama Department at the Universidad de Costa Rica. Over the years, he also taught Puppetry at many churches and schools in Louisiana as well as performing puppet shows across the state. He’s taught Santas how to communicate with deaf children. He also developed a YouTube video teaching basic signs to Santas, as “Santa Signs Mike Owens.”

Megan is on the front line, working directly with performers and their clients each day. She's got her finger on the pulse of the booking experience from start to finish and knows what it takes to be successful in the entertainment business.

After 11 years with the company, Heather is an expert in all things GigSalad. She's watched seasonal bookings grow year over year, while helping build GigSalad into what it is today, giving her experience and knowledge that is unmatched.

John Scheuch has been helping Santa since 1975. He got the “bug” from his father, grandfather, stepfather, and uncle. He has now morphed into the role. In 2003 John made his first hospice visit. It did not go as planned, as one of the children died hours before his visit. The family wanted to go ahead with the visit, and John felt totally inadequate and unprepared. Looking for a place to learn and do more, he discovered Santa America, a volunteer service organization and 501(c)(3). John has been a volunteer since 2005. In 2016, John was asked to take over as President of Santa America. He and his wife, Elf Helen, are now supporting Santa America.

Fred currently serves as the Chair of the IBRBS Board of Directors.

Robert Seutter has more than thirty years of professional storytelling experience as True Thomas the Storyteller. He loves making folks smile with his singing and interactive style. As a traditional spoken-word storyteller, he has taught Disney Animators and performed for NPR and the Getty museum. True suited up as Santa and hit the ground running. In his first year, he was on “NBC’s The Voice” and the official Santa for Solvang, CA. In his second year, he was Santa for the Lakers and the Clippers, plus in a commercial for Royal Caribbean, earning the nickname “Action Santa” for snorkeling, jet-skiing, and zip-lining in full Santa gear. For the past three years, he’s performed as Santa for the South Coast Christmas Spectacular (audience of 4,000+) and at a world class ski resort. Some of his other commercials include Michaels Crafts (with Snoop Dogg) and The 99-Cent Store (Santa for Easter). You can see Santa True in flashmob dances and rapping with a 10-piece blues band. Just last year, he was the Lead Santa for “Hire Santa” on Shark Tank. He’s also created Christmas Performer Workshops (CPW), a truly innovative training group.

Amanda Spalding, or “Mandy Claus” has been bringing joy to children of all ages for two years, but has been preparing to be Mrs. Claus ever since she met and married her own personal Santa over 18 years ago. A native of Louisville, KY, she is a proud United States Navy Veteran. Amanda earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees, with an adult education emphasis, in Nursing Science from Spalding University. She is a Registered Nurse with 23 years of experience, and has extensive assistance in Long Term and Skilled Nursing Care, including dementia care. Amanda is, at heart, a teacher and trainer, and has been for the majority of her career. She has held numerous positions that required education and training of patients, families, nurses and other direct care staff. She has also taught photography, First Aid/CPR, Disease Prevention and Wellness. She firmly believes that all Christmas Performers can bring joy and happiness to those living in Long Term Care and Dementia Care settings, and make connections that age, infirmity or disease cannot take away.

Bruce has been Santa’s Helper for 40 years, and has had more than 2000 visits. His revenue is directed to Rotary International, in order to purchase polio vaccine. They have immunized over 300,000 children. He is the only Canadian member of the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame, and he is also a Knight of St. Nicholas. He’s written four books, and has studied the history and the traditions which take us from our Santa of today back in time to St. Nicholas.

Jaylie Welch graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Spanish. Since graduation, she has been with Make-A-Wish Georgia for almost four years as their Manager of Community Events. In this role, Jaylie gets to meet and work with individuals and community groups to find their unique way of plugging into Make-A-Wish Georgia’s mission.

Licensed as a teacher in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education, Shirley retired after 40 years teaching in the classroom and, since 2012, have been an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Rowan University, in Glassboro, NJ. While she taught several education classes, she’s currently dedicated to supervising student teachers. Her experience in education at the elementary level was serving as the special education member in a cooperative teaching setting. In that capacity, she worked with general education teachers to develop and adapt reading instruction for diverse student populations. Throughout this time, her emphasis was on using “trade books”, authentic literature to enhance the standard reading program, and encourage student to become life-long readers. With this as a goal, she established a focused database of children’s literature which can be accessed by title, topic, and/or author, including, of course, those focused on winter and the Christmas holidays.

Ron Wolek is a third generation Hollywood Journeyman hair stylist and makeup artist. Ron was trained by his mother, Janet Wolek (1954-2014), who was a well-known makeup designer at Disney World, responsible for many versions of the Christmas Day Parade. His most recent film and television work includes “Stranger Things,” Season 3, “The Right Stuff” Season one, “The One and Only Ivan” starring, Brian Cranston and Angelina Jolie; “Late Night with Stephen Colbert”, and “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver”. His Christmas related entertainment credits include Disneyland, ABC Christmas Day Parade, Grinchmas, Elf the Musical, Universal Studios’ Santa Stole Our Dog and beard maker for actors Ed Asher, Brian Cranston, and Bobby Moynihan. As an instructor, Wolek is currently a faculty member of the Elegance International School of Professional Makeup, the oldest Hollywood makeup school and designs wigs and beards for Santa Claus. He has also taught for Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood and Cosmix Makeup School in South Florida. As a published author, Ron Wolek wrote two books for Santa Claus, Santa Claus Makeup and Become Santa Claus: How to Turn Your Beard Snow White.

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David Callender

David Camp

David Crispin

David John

David Joyner

David Sizemore

David Speer

David Starr

David Williford

Dawn Huss

Deanna Golden

Deb Holtum

Deb Petersen

Debbie Meyer

Debbie Samson

Deborah Puskar

Denise Brenneman

Denise Nichols

Dennis Curtis

Dennis Gravitt

Dennis Hoffman

Dennis Huss

Dennis Johnson

Dennis Musselman

Dennis Simpson

Derek Dugan

Diana Abernathy

Diana Greenleaf

Diana Jones

Diane Madonna

Diane Martin

Diane Sorrels

Diane Yurasits

Dolores Buguliskis

Donald Lebkes

Donald Simonson

Donald White

Donna McPherson

Donna Noe

Dottie Close

Doug Wright

Douglas Boggs

Dustin Parker

Earl Parris

Earl D. Karper, Sr.

Ed Hatz

Ed Taylor

Eileen Loveless

Eileen Turner

Elf Louise Ethington

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Phillips

Ellen Burrows

Ellen Hoffman

Ellen Mahathey

Ellen Streich

Elwood "Bo" Friend

Emily Creber

Ermina Britt

Evan Loveless

Evelyn Sather

Evelyn Tolliver

Fernando Luis Pena Mirabal

Fielding Alderman

Fleet Neighbors

Flo Smith

Florence Kelly

Francois Barcomb

Frank Burns

Frank McConnell

Freddie Upton

Garry Kroft

Gary Albrecht

Gary Hall

Gary Lico

Gary Lindner

Gary Petree

Gary Rank

Gaye Scheafer

Geanie Slifer

Gene Goetz

George Clark

George Drake

George McCleary

George Murphy

George Smithers

Gerald Hoffpauir

Gerard Morey

Gina Hadala

Gina Happ

Ginny Etienne

Ginny Saul

Ginny Scott

Glenn Westberry

Gloria Simpson

Glynda Litzler

Gordon Mahathey

Gregory Puskar

Grover Ramsey

Guy McNair

Guy Stewart

Harlan Larson

Harold Van Duyn

Harry Provan

Heidi Tibbles

Henry Conklin

Hershel Jones

Howard Graham

Howard Huey

Howie Bristow

Hugh Norris

Hunter Woodson

Issa Kassissieh

J. S. Parker Jones

Jack Holcomb

Jack Humphris

Jackson Guest

Jacqueline Schilling

James Bockman

James Brinkerhoff

James Daly

James Dinwiddie

James Fletcher

James Gray

James Harper

James Kelly Jr

James Kelly Sr

James Lewis

James McGrath

James McGuire

James Nichols

James Youker

James B. Nuckles

James (Boe) Powell

James (Jimmy) Smetana

Jamie Dozier

Jan Morrison

Jan Vinson-Simonson

Jane Brinkley

Jane Rusk

Janet Goetz

Jay Denger

Jay Kluckhohn

Jeff Davis

Jeff McMullen

Jeff Page

Jeffrey Courtney

Jeffrey Tolodxi

Jenny Murff

Jenny Lynn Claus

Jerry Owens

Jerry Zimprich

Jessica Carpenter

Jill Swenson

Jim Bailey

Jim Dyer

Jim Hastings

Jim Lunn

Jim Saul

Jimmie Sinquefield

Joan Wilder

Joe Barney

Joe Estes

Joe Grady

Joe Harkins

Joe Pridgen

Joe Slifer

Joel Serna

John Arnold

John Beam

John Bradford

John Buguliskis

John Deane

John Ferguson

John George

John Gronwall

John Jones

John McCarty

John Palinkas

John Poland

John Samson

John Scheuch

John Taylor

John Wells

John Wenner

John Wilder

John Zawacki

John D Williams

Johnathan Burton

Jon Miller

Joseph Fleming

Joseph Key

Joseph Zoril

Josephine Morey

Joy Phillips

Joyce Jarrell

Juanita Burke

Judith Broderick

Judy Ferguson

Judy Maynard

Judyth Conklin

Julia Fleming

Juliana Kubicki

Julie Poulos

Julie Winkler

Kam Breitenbach

Karen Deane

Karen Garringer

Karen Jeneff

Karl G Rasmuson

Katherine Despain

Kathryn McGuire

Kathy Gilbreath

Kathy Harting

Kathy Osterhoudt

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Weston

Kayla Moore

Keith Alton

Keith Carson

Keith Dupleix

Keith Hubbard

Keith Luna

Kelly Barlow

Kelly Ford

Kelly Keith

Ken Erickson

Ken Martin

Kennison Kyle

Kenny Hydock

Kevin Boydston

Kevin Brekke

Kevin Scott

Kim Huet

Kim Petree

Kimberlee Crispin

Kimberly McLean

Kirsten Janda

Kitty Massey

Kolleen Youker

Kurt English

Lady Sampson

Lance Skapura

Larry Dean

Larry Jefferson

Larry Talbert

Larry Turner

Lenny Stratton

Les Jamerson

Linda Albrecht

Linda Chambers

Linda Gianni

Linda Hobson

Linda Hyder

Linda Williford

Linn Rexroat

Lisa Himes

Lois McAvoy

Lonny McBride

Lora Lykins

Loretta Curtis

Lori Camp

Lori Dinwiddie

Lori Ventimiglia

Lou Shelton

Louis Knezevich

Louise Stafford

Lynda Howe

Lynette Harper

Maddy Burrows

Madge Fletcher

Marcia Gragg

Margaret Hamlin

Margaret Norris

Margie Neighbors

Margie Wolczak

Marian Daly

Marion Tolliver

Marjorie Talbert

Mark Brenneman

Mark DeMonbrun

Mark Janda

Mark Petersen

Mark Reed

Mark Turpin

Marlo Ivey

Marsha Gravitt

Martin Jeneff

Mary Barcomb

Mary Braun

Mary Meehan

Maureen Wiseman

Maureen "Moe" Pedrick

Maxanna Stephens

Meg Heinz

Melanie Hubbard

Melissa Harris

Meredith Jester

Meri Erickson

Michael Howe

Michael Huet

Michael Laws

Michael Mothes

Michael Pemberton

Michael Tindall

Michelle Fratianne

Michelle Panton

Mike Britt

Mike Denico

Mike Hyder

Mike Ridder

Mike Wilkinson

Mike Winkler

Missy Boggs

Missy Mahone

Mitch Lykins

Moose Shattuck

Nadine Holloway

Nancy Brinkerhoff

Nancy Callender

Nancy Humphris

Nancy Scott

Nancy Sullivan

Neal Norman

Neil Smart

Nicholas Cardello

Nick Gillotte

Nick Kuykendall

Pam Smith

Pamela Smith

Pamela Zoril

Parker Holloway

Pat Baker

Pat Poole

Pat Richardson

Patricia Bailey

Patricia Fox

Patricia Palacios Ware

Patrick Kelley

Patrick Lense

Patrick Meehan

Patti Stokes

Paul Burke

Paul Ranelli

Paula Greenfield

Paula Rowland

Paula Shattuck

Peggy Laws

Peggy C. John

Peter Poulos

Peter Wiseman

Phil Close

Phil Quintin

Philip Dunn

Phillip Brinkley

Ralph Agar

Randall Parsons

Randy Greenfield

Regina Johnson

Reginald Simpson

Rex Shirling

Ric Smith

Rich Patsios

Richard Belote

Richard Chambers

Richard Gibbons

Richard Hamrick

Richard Kimberly

Rick Davis

Rick Hazel

Rick Maynard

Rick Murff

Rita W Williams

Rob Meyer

Robert Elkin

Robert Naumann

Robert Seutter

Robert Sharrett

Robert Tomlin

Robert Mike Layne

Robin Ferra

Rod Garringer

Rodney Schilling

Ron Breach

Ron Despain

Ron Grant

Ron Motter

Ronald Johns

Russell Campbell

Russell Hurd

Rusty McClure

Sam Hobson

Sandee Miland

Santa Carlucci

Santa Jersey Nametko

Santa John Hollis

Santa Paul Carlson

Santa Paul Hillier

Santa Randy Thomas

Santa Rick Rosenthal

Santa Sir Glenn Heald

Santa Tom Pellitieri

Sara Guest

Sara Westberry

Sarah Portillo

Scott Seretean

Sharon Davis

Sharon Ward

Shelia Grant

Sherry Jones

Sherry McCurley

Sherry Williams

Shirley Heeter

Shirley King

Shirley Poland

Shirley Wenner

Spangle Clown

Stacy Dunn

Stephen Arnold

Stephen Lucero

Stephen Price

Stephen Yurasits

Steve Harris

Steve Heinz

Steve Madonna

Steve McCurley

Steve Rusk

Steve Southard

Steven Hadala

Steven Sullivan

Sue Tarr

Sunny O'Donovan

Susan Lebkes

Suzanne Southard

Suzi Wiggs

Swan Denger

Tamala Dobbins

Tammi Ridder

Tammy Gaddy

Ted Pedrick

Teralee Baines-Price

Terence McLean

Teresa Beam

Teresa McClure

Teresa Pemberton

Terry Stephens

Theresa Johnson

Thomas Avey

Thomas Carmody

Thomas Dobbins

Thomas Hanson

Thomas Heeter

Thomas Myers

Tilina Key

Tim Fields

Tim Ware

Timothy Keith

Timothy Phillips

Tina O'Donoghue

Todd Dean

Tom Bailey

Tom Harrington

Tom Sorrels

Tom Stokes

Tom Tarr

Tommy Godwin

Tony Christen

Tracey Jamerson

Tracy Rosenthal

Walter Queen

Walter Smith

Ward Jones

Warren Mahaffey

Wayne Wolczak

Wendy Leonard

Wesley Turner

Wild Bill Jarrell

William Callaway

William Dossett

William Hamlin

William Harting

William Mahone

William Mattice

William McPherson

William Noe

William Sather

William Stafford

William Wilson

Willie Williamson

Woodrow Smith

Event Schedule

  • April 23, 2020
  • April 24, 2020
  • April 25, 2020
07:00 PM
to
09:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Buckhead Ball Room

$0.00

Join us as we welcome you to the International Santa Celebration (ISC2020). Light refreshments with a Cash Bar available.

09:00 AM
to
10:00 AM
Track : A

Inspiring Change: Branding Your Business in 2020 and Beyond

2020 offers all of us unprecedented opportunities, including digital photography and social media marketing. These provide us the opportunity to extend our brand far beyond your state boundaries. In this workshop, George will share proven methods to take your business beyond your dreams.

George Allan

Track : B

Reading Aloud to Children

Reading to a group can present challenges, especially during the holidays. How can Santa make this brief opportunity a memorable experience? This workshop is for Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, or for anyone who understands the special bond that can develop between a reader and a listener. Participants will be introduced to tried and true strategies for getting and keeping children’s attention while reading to them. Presented will be suggestions on how to include children in the reading activity, how to make a book come alive as children are led through an imaginary journey, exploring new people, places, times, and events. It is also how a very special reader can be a role model for reading enjoyment, leaving behind a present for all. Books will be available for participants to practice their new reading skills. All are welcome to bring a favorite of their own.

Shirley Wenner

Track : C

A Special Santa Visit

Learn how to bring joy and ease any anxiety for yourself or a child with special medical and/or physical needs, during home or community visits. Sarah is also the mother of a child with a rare metabolic disorder who depends on Sarah and caregivers for constant support. You will also learn how Secret Sleigh was started, hear some of the touching stories from national visits, and be able to share some of your own experiences.

Sarah Kordis

10:10 AM
to
11:10 AM
Track : A

Christmas Performer Character Development: The Trinity of the Selves

This Graduate Level workshop delves deep into topics on character development, the dangers of method acting, the benefits of method acting, and what it takes to form a cohesive and believable character.

Blake Ellege

Track : B

Santa Signs for the Season

This workshop features a presentation of basic signs, gestures, and the alphabet to effectively communicate with deaf children during the Christmas season.

Michael Owens

Track : C

Creaking Joints and Leaky Pipes

Not all of us are cut out to do burpees and marathons. At the same time, each of us has become uncomfortably aware that we are losing far too many members of our Christmas community to health issues. In this hands-on workshop we will explore a few exercises that can be easily done from our chairs, and discuss and laugh at some not-so-easy topics that may improve our chances of a healthier season. This is a nonjudgmental, fun way to openly discuss how to become a happier, healthier, more confident you all year long.

Judith Broderick

11:20 AM
to
12:20 PM
Track : A

Mastering the Corporate Market

During this workshop, we will discuss techniques and ideas to help attract the attention of potential corporate clients, with some unique methods on generating business with corporate clients, hotels, resorts, theme parks, and Fortune 500 Companies, all of whom need us. Why would we not want to work for companies who treat us like royalty and pay us so well? The workshop will share marketing strategies and marketing materials used over the years.

Lee Andrews

Track : B

Focus on the Client: Exceeding Their Wildest Dreams

Families and clients are always looking for something more, and as Christmas performers, we are always looking to offer something more or different to set us apart. Understanding clients’ basic expectations, and what will truly excite them, is an important factor when designing an event. In this hands-on workshop, you will work through a proven method to define what builds your customer’s excitement. With a deeper focus on your client, you can take your craft to the next level, form stronger partnerships with other Christmas performers, and create those memories that families cherish and clients value.

Deanna Golden

Track : C

Santa and Difficult Visits – Delivering Love, Hope, and Joy

This workshop will provide you with helpful tips to prepare Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit children dealing with death, grief and bereavement. You’ll be provided with ideas to make a successful visit to children on the autism spectrum. We’ll also cover children with post-traumatic stress.

John Scheuch

01:40 PM
to
02:40 PM
Track : A

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child

During this workshop, all Christmas performers will be exposed to the challenges we face when dealing with multi-generational audiences. This session is a multi-sensory exploration of how children see Santa. Have you ever said something to a child and they look at you like you are speaking a foreign language? Well, in today’s world, often, we as adults are doing exactly that. This session focuses on a child’s perception of what he/she sees, hears, and encounters in a Santa visit or experience to make it the most memorable positive experience for the child or family. This is a hilarious interactive session which will leave your mind spinning and your belly sore from laughing!

Jeffrey McMullen

Track : B

Productive Moments During Chair Time

In this workshop, we’ll work on how to make the most of your time as Santa with that child or family during their visit at the chair. We will discuss different techniques and methods to ease the nerves of a child or parent. We’ll also discuss different boundary breaking techniques that will in turn lead to a better quality photo. Only have 30 seconds per child? No problem! We’ll present productive and meaningful things to do during that period of time as well.

Lee Andrews

Track : C

Energizing Your Christmas Community

Tired of Santa Events where you just get together and just eat, gossip, and call out some events? Come to this workshop and get Turbo-Charged. In this workshop, you will get specific tips, ideas, and strategies to help you maximize your community’s potential. And you are going to have fun doing it! From fun icebreakers to dealing with serious issues, we are going to send you home with some great ideas. We’ll talk about coaching, on-boarding, retiring, networking, resourcing, training, and more. We are underutilizing all our amazing knowledge and skill. It’s time to make things happen!

Robert Seutter

02:50 PM
to
03:50 PM
Track : A

Meet Your IBRBS Board of Directors and Officers

This is your opportunity to meet the members of the IBRBS Board, and discuss any questions or concerns you might have. Learn what it takes to participate on our committees and Board, and hear about our plans for the future of the Organization.

Stephen Arnold

Howard Graham

Fred Selinsky

Track : B

Legal Aspects of Being Santa

This very important workshop will cover topics including the key elements of a performer contract, verbal agreement vs a formal contract, how to avoid lawsuits, sexual harassment/sexual misconduct, diversity, how to position yourself during photos, the importance of public opinion, and more to help protect you.

Fernando Luis Pena Mirabal

Track : C

How to Help Grant Wishes with Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish Georgia will discuss their mission and impact in the state of Georgia. They will also discuss what a wish entails and how you can be a part of that process to help make wishes happen.

Jaylie Welch

04:00 PM
to
05:30 PM
Track : A

Ladies of Christmas Reception

Inviting all women to attend this popular gathering to meet and greet, with light refreshments. Each lady attending will receive a special Thank You Gift (must be present!). More information will be sent to those who register about how to support a local women's shelter.

04:00 PM
to
05:00 PM
Track : B

Become a Tech-Savvy Santa

In a society where social media, smart phones, and text messaging rule, it’s crucial that Christmas Performers learn how to embrace the world of technology. Not only to communicate with your clients but also as a resource to book extra gigs to supplement your recurring holiday events. GigSalad has been a longstanding platform for Santas and other performers to showcase their talent, get leads, send quotes, and collect payments. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to utilize technology to your benefit as well as tips and tricks to optimize your GigSalad profile to close more bookings.

Megan Price

Heather Roonan

Track : C

Beard Care - How Your Whiskers Grow, Plus Beard Care and More

This workshop aims to educate the Santa Claus performer to be a smart consumer of hair care products for your beard and moustache. Find out how your whiskers grow and how to bleach your hair. This is a detailed lecture, with lots of science being discussed, and myths being busted. The more you know, the more your beard will grow. Bring a note book along with hot cocoa with extra caffeine.

Ron Wolek

09:00 AM
to
10:00 AM
Track : A

Getting off your Fuzzy Tuches and Perform

If you come to this workshop, be prepared to get up and FUN! This workshop is all about Improv, Mime, Physicality, Vocals, and Character Work. Call and Response? Got it! Reindeer Macarena? Learn from the guy who created it! Great exercises to help you get into character and develop performing power? You need to be in this workshop! We will have a lot of great exercises that will give you a chance to try new things and to strut your stuff. It will be high energy and will give you some wonderful ideas to take home and add to your bag of performing tricks. No matter what age or stage you are in your Christmas Journey, join us and get ready to get loud and have fun!

Robert Seutter

Track : B

Santa Signs for the Season (REPEAT)

This workshop features a presentation of basic signs, gestures, and the alphabet to effectively communicate with deaf children during the Christmas season.

Michael Owens

Track : C

Become a Tech-Savvy Santa (REPEAT)

In a society where social media, smart phones, and text messaging rule, it’s crucial that Christmas Performers learn how to embrace the world of technology. Not only to communicate with your clients but also as a resource to book extra gigs to supplement your recurring holiday events. GigSalad has been a longstanding platform for Santas and other performers to showcase their talent, get leads, send quotes, and collect payments. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to utilize technology to your benefit as well as tips and tricks to optimize your GigSalad profile to close more bookings.

Megan Price

Heather Roonan

10:10 AM
to
11:10 AM
Track : A

Expanding Your Frontiers as Santa Claus

Many times, Santas only think about being a photo-based Santa Claus. Sitting in the big chair, having a short visit with a child, and getting the “Santa Photo” done. But there can be so much more! In this class you will learn different types of Santa Claus events, how and who you need to know in order to be hired for these types of events, pros and cons of doing these types of events, pay or non-paid events, and what you can expect with each type, and more. “We’re not in Kansas anymore!”

Stephen Gillham and Leon McBryde

Track : B

Writing Best-Selling Books and Giving Unforgettable Speeches

Through this workshop, you will learn how the presenter has written four best-selling books, and how he makes structured presentation talks based on his TEDx experience. You will leave this workshop with a road map you can follow to hone your own successful writing and speaking skills.

Bruce Templeton

Track : C

ISC2020 and Beyond

Join us for an informative discussion on this year’s ISC, and what’s in store for our next one in 2022, and beyond. Discover how you can become an intricate part of the planning for 2022, and how your Chapter, District, or Region can submit a proposal for future ISCs in your own backyard, as we look to move this around the Country, making it accessible to everyone.

Stephen Arnold

Howard Graham

Fred Selinsky

11:20 AM
to
12:20 PM
Track : A

Dementia and Christmas - Reclaiming Joy

This workshop is designed to provide the Christmas Performer with the background knowledge and foundation to make visits to Long-Term Care populations, particularly those experiencing dementia, a rewarding experience. Topics covered will include: the major types of dementia, other conditions and illnesses that may be encountered, the various settings within a Long-Term Care facility, people to know, places to go, and how to design your visit so that each person’s experience is one that is precious to them, and those that love them. While the topic is serious, the workshop will be hands on and lots of fun.

Amanda Spalding

Track : B

Singing as Santa: A Guide to Singing in the Suit

This workshop is for any and all Santas that are looking to develop, hone, perfect, or even begin to incorporate their singing voice into their Santa portrayals. We as Santa need accountability when it comes to being able to follow through in every aspect of the performer’s wheelhouse; singing included. Volunteers from all skill levels and backgrounds will be asked to participate in one-on-one live coachings and teachings to help promote a healthy, natural, and Santa-like voice for all use.

Blake Ellege

Track : C

Santa Makeup for Photography

Learn how to use makeup to look better in printed photos. Selling photos with Santa is a big part of the Christmas business for photographers, and for Santa. This class will discuss tips and tricks from Hollywood that real bearded Santas can use to sell more photos. With a few simple techniques, you will appear more life-like in a 2D image, and draw the eyes' attention in a way that will bring people to want to buy your photo. Ron will demonstrate these techniques designed to bring emphasis on Santa’s eyes and smile. The most important part to remember is no one should ever know you're wearing makeup.

Ron Wolek

01:40 PM
to
02:40 PM
Track : A

Legal Aspects of Being Santa (REPEAT)

This very important workshop will cover topics including the key elements of a performer contract, verbal agreement vs a formal contract, how to avoid lawsuits, sexual harassment/sexual misconduct, diversity, how to position yourself during photos, the importance of public opinion, and more to help protect you.

Fernando Luis Pena Mirabal

Track : B

Productive Moments During Chair Time (REPEAT)

In this workshop, we’ll work on how to make the most of your time as Santa with that child or family during their visit at the chair. We will discuss different techniques and methods to ease the nerves of a child or parent. We’ll also discuss different boundary breaking techniques that will in turn lead to a better quality photo. Only have 30 seconds per child? No problem! We’ll present productive and meaningful things to do during that period of time as well.

Lee Andrews

Track : C

A Special Santa Visit (REPEAT)

Learn how to bring joy and ease any anxiety for yourself or a child with special medical and/or physical needs, during home or community visits. Sarah is also the mother of a child with a rare metabolic disorder who depends on Sarah and caregivers for constant support. You will also learn how Secret Sleigh was started, hear some of the touching stories from national visits, and be able to share some of your own experiences.

Sarah Kordis

02:50 PM
to
03:50 PM
Track : A

Portraying Mrs. Claus

This workshop is a comprehensive step-by-step course in becoming the beloved character of Mrs. Claus. It covers all you will need to know to be a professional Christmas performer with Santa, or alone, taking you from where to start, what to wear, say and do, all the way through the event, to securing the contract for the following year. It includes do's and don'ts of the profession as well as common mistakes and proper ethics in the industry. The workshop ends with assignments (that only you will know if you did or not), intended to reinforce what you learned in the workshop, and prepare you to begin or expand your role as Mrs. Claus, the fascinating lady from the North Pole.

Betty Mocik Motter

Track : B

Smart Santa - Everything You Need to Know

Learning should never stop and for us it doesn’t. We are constantly changing and improving our techniques. In this workshop, you’ll learn more about Bill Strother and how he incorporated “Smart Technology" in 1942. It’s easier than you might think. New equipment technology that exceeds everything we have used in the past. Equipment that you already own and how it can greatly improve your home visits. And the best part? The opportunity to hear how Debra Gillham does it. How she sets up the earpieces, mics and gives information to Steve. She is the smart one. Try “Smart Santa”! You may like it!

Debra and Stephen Gillham

Track : C

Mastering the Corporate Market (REPEAT)

During this workshop, we will discuss techniques and ideas to help attract the attention of potential corporate clients, with some unique methods on generating business with corporate clients, hotels, resorts, theme parks, and Fortune 500 Companies, all of whom need us. Why would we not want to work for companies who treat us like royalty and pay us so well? The workshop will share marketing strategies and marketing materials used over the years.

Lee Andrews

04:00 PM
to
05:00 PM
Track : A

Inspiring Change: Branding Your Business in 2020 and Beyond (REPEAT)

2020 offers all of us unprecedented opportunities, including digital photography and social media marketing. These provide us the opportunity to extend our brand far beyond your state boundaries. In this workshop, George will share proven methods to take your business beyond your dreams.

George Allan

Track : B

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child (REPEAT)

During this workshop, all Christmas performers will be exposed to the challenges we face when dealing with multi-generational audiences. This session is a multi-sensory exploration of how children see Santa. Have you ever said something to a child and they look at you like you are speaking a foreign language? Well, in today’s world, often, we as adults are doing exactly that. This session focuses on a child’s perception of what he/she sees, hears, and encounters in a Santa visit or experience to make it the most memorable positive experience for the child or family. This is a hilarious interactive session which will leave your mind spinning and your belly sore from laughing!

Jeffrey McMullen

Track : C

Why Do I Need Insurance and the Need for Certificates of Insurance

Why does Santa Claus need insurance? – We have a litigation society and “alleged statements of liability or sexual contact, etc.”, anyone can sue anyone. Even though you can be sued for wrongful contact or dropping some child or mishandling some child, parents will look to the courts for settlements AND see things differently for it is THEIR child. The mall, stores such as Bass Pro Shops as an example will also be named in litigation, for they are the ones that hired the Santa to be at their premises, thus the naming of the premises as an Additional Insured. This is really called a “Transfer of Risk,” the property will transfer this litigation to the Santa, thus requiring proof of liability coverage, naming them as an Additional Insured in case there is an allegation of wrong doing. It is a shame where our society has gone in the litigation society.

Allen Kaercher

05:00 PM
to
05:30 PM

ISC Group Photo

Location TBD

$0.00

Join the entire gathering for a celebratory group photo.