Janice Weiss: A Long and Distinguished Career of Achievement and Professionalism

November 2, 2011 No Comments

After 39 years with Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine, Janice Weiss, publisher emeritus and a valuable member of the advertising sales team, is retiring. During her career Weiss has logged countless hours making phone calls, traveling to trade shows, snapping photographs and building relationships with vendors who have become more family members than clients. Her positive attitude, professionalism, candor and assertive, friendly nature will be missed by the amusement industry companies she worked with and the TAP editorial and sales staffs alike.
Weiss was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in the Bronx. She earned a master’s degree from Brooklyn College and met her husband shortly before he went into the United States Army. The couple was married on one of his leaves in 1943, and had three children, a son and two daughters.
After working as a stay-at-home mom, Weiss took a job with Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine during its founding in 1962, and joined the staff of sister publication Tourist Attractions & Parks when it was founded in 1972. She paved the way for future sales staff members at both magazines by traveling to trade shows all over the country and introducing the magazines to their industries. Weiss also pioneered the idea of cocktail parties and dinners before and after the trade shows, a practice that is common good business today. During her tenure, both TAP and SGN have grown into authoritative sources for finding the best vendors and keeping up with industry trends and news.
Weiss’ work ethic, intelligence and charm have made her many friends in the industry.
Here are tributes from just a few of her colleagues in the amusement business:

“I have just been notified our long-time representative with Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine is retiring. We wish Janice well in a well-deserved retirement. At the same time, we at Adventureglass will miss her tremendously, her always pleasant way of informing us on how to get the best possible value and result for our money will be greatly missed. Janice’s professionalism has made us very comfortable doing business with TAP. Janice has become a real friend. Janice will be greatly missed by us at Adventureglass.”
– Adventureglass, North Webster, Ind.


Scott Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine

Hello Scott:
I just wanted to take the time to write to you and let you know I will dearly miss Janice when she retires. In the five and a half years I have been with my company, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Janice as our Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine “Wonder Woman.” I can’t even begin to imagine what all she must do to keep everything so organized, she truly makes it look effortless. I must say though, whomever you find to replace Janice upon her retirement, has some very big shoes to fill. Janice is always on top of things and never misses an opportunity to keep her advertisers informed of any and all changes as they happen. I, as well as many other advertisers I suppose, have taken for granted all the reminder phone calls that Janice makes to us every year. I guess you could say we are spoiled.

I wish you many more years of success with your wonderful and always informative magazine.

Respectfully,

Tauna Bowman
Customer Service
Mahoning Valley Manufacturing, Inc.
Damascus, Ohio


“Janice Weiss has been selling advertising to Kay Park Recreation for more than 35 years.  During that time she has not only been an associate, but a friend to us.  She was very faithful to come by and visit us in our IAAPA booth every year, always with a smile and a hug – and a camera.  We missed seeing her when she had to stop coming to shows, but enjoyed her continued sales calls for Tourist Attractions and Parks magazine. We will miss her, but never forget her, and wish her many happy years of all the best in her retirement.”
- Keith Borglum and Marilee Gray, Kay Park-Recreation Corp., Janesville, Iowa


“All of us at Jacobson Hat Company wish Janice Weiss all the best as she retires from her long association with Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine. What a professional!! I always admired Janice’s amazing persistence and tenacity when it came to pulling in advertisers for her magazine. Janice was successful in my opinion because she loved what she did. She believed in her message, and convinced us all that without putting our ads in Tourist Attractions & Parks, no one would remember us or find us when it was time to order merchandise. Her charm and her good nature always won us over, and Janice always followed up. We will miss Janice, and wish her continued good health so she can enjoy her well-deserved retirement. Best Wishes,”
- David Dickstein, treasurer, Jacobson Hat Co., Inc., Scranton, Pa.


“Although we haven’t met in person, I will always treasure hearing Janice’s voice on the line. In my 15 years with National Ticket Company, she has always been pleasant and helpful. My wish is for Janice to have good health and to discover new and interesting things in her well-deserved retirement!”
- Ginger M. Seidel, Advertising/Exhibit Coordinator, National Ticket Company, Shamokin, Pa.


“I was so sorry to hear that Janice retired. She was great and I loved to deal with her. I wish her the very best.” -Robert Berk


“Just wanted to add Anchor Industries’ congratulations on Janice’s retirement. As I discussed with her, she has had as many retirement announcements as Michael Jordan. Janice was such a staple at the IAAPA Trade Show and Gibsonton, that I know I will miss her smiling face. She was always a pleasure to talk to and her voice is one of only a handful that I recognize as soon as I lifted up the phone. May her Golden Years be filled with rest and fun.”
- Dan Seeber, manager, Anchor Industries Inc, Custom Products Division, Evansville, Iowa


Dear Janice,
My heavens, how lucky can I get finding a friend like you! I just got back from Chicago and I find my gorgeous purse. I just love it!!! Thanks a million.

Janice, the only thing that taints my delight is that you have to reciprocate for the cart. Please believe me, it is my pleasure and always will be. I know it’s no fun to walk a show. Anyway, I just enjoy you and I’m looking forward to seeing you in Florida.

Yours truly,
Helen M. McGuire, Chairman
Odyssey Mobility Systems, Inc.,
Houston, Texas

P.S. Thanks for the picture. Dolly Parton, eat your heart out! Janice, whenever you’re going down to Florida, give me a call.


Best Wishes Janice!

Back

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Sponsors

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Stoelting
LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys