So May Reasons to Be Thankful

Who doesn’t love this time of year? Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to reflect on all the wonderful things in our lives. All of us here at TrainerTainment are thankful for our amazing customers, friends, and jobs that allow us to have fun while helping others grow. It doesn’t get much better than that! This Thanksgiving we wanted to share what we are thankful for, and we would love to hear what YOU are thankful for! Be sure to share with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Beth Standlee

I love Thanksgiving. We cook, we spend time together as a family, and we intentionally give thanks for our friends and loved ones. I love this country; I love my family which extends to the people we work with and the clients we serve. This year has moved along quicker than any before. We’ve had the birth and death of several loved ones. People have moved away and moved home. Clients have come in and out of our programs. The only thing that is constant is change, and I am grateful to have the ability to adapt. I am most thankful for my husband JD. He would be uncomfortable with me shining the light on him. But it is his superpower of adaptability that helps me be grateful for each day. He is a two-time winner of cancer this year and managed treatment with an unbelievable amount of grace and stamina. As we get ready to close the book on 2017, I want you all to know how appreciated you are. I love you, I’m thankful for you, and life is better because you are in it.


J. Brock

I am so thankful for my family and the time we spend together, even more so now that we are separated by 400 miles. And I am thankful for being part of the Trainertainment family and the opportunities that we have in helping our customers realize their potential.


Vivian Conterio

This year has been a truly amazing year. I find myself feeling grateful for every little thing. So it is a given to feel grateful for all the big things in my life, but I truly feel blessed by each little thing that sometimes we take for granted or at first do not seem to be a blessing at all.  I am grateful for all the hard times that I have had throughout my life, they have taught me so many important lessons that I needed to learn to not only be a better person but to instill these values in my child.  I am grateful for friends that have taught me the meaning of selflessness, and those who have taught me that sometimes friends are better than family. I have been truly blessed this year with good health for my family and for my husband and having a cancer-free screening. I feel blessed with each sunrise, and each sunset because it is only a reminder that we have another chance to do it all again.  God has blessed me with the best work-family ever! One that is not afraid of working hard, crying when needed, consoling each other, and lastly, not afraid of having fun!


Janice Jokkel

I am thankful for so many people in my life.  Starting with my husband, children and mom who stepped into our family business so I can take on a new journey with Trainertainment.  For my Trainertainment Family who embraced me with open arms two years ago. I am honored to be a part of such an AMAZING Team.


Laura O’Neal

Besides friends and family (standard and true answer to the question “What are you thankful for?”) I’m also thankful for change.  When things are going well they can get even better.  When things aren’t going so well, they can reverse and start to look up.  I’m thankful for the wonderful growth and changes at Trainertainment, including new products, team members and clients.


Amy Madson

I’m thankful to have a life full of wonderful friends and family who enjoy exploring the world through travel.  I’m thankful for a house that is truly a HOME because of my husband and fur babies.  I’m thankful for not 1, but 2 fun “work lives” that aren’t “jobs” truly because of the people I work alongside. And I’m thankful for the decent health of my family.  Live each day fully.   Be curious.  Explore.  Try new things.  We never know what may come next.


Marlies McKie

There are so many things in my life that I’m thankful for; I could send a very long list. That in itself is a reason to be thankful for. Life is a journey. Let me just say that I’m thankful for the countless blessings I have been able to enjoy on this journey.


Phil Showler

I am thankful for my family. Our grandson coming to us this year was such a gift from God, a heritage from the Lord as it says in Psalms 127:3. Our children and my wife are all why I do what I do every day whether it’s pastoring a church, helping build TrainerTainment or just praying for someone in dire need.


Rosie Salas

This year I’m thankful for being home. This will be our first real Thanksgiving in four years, and I’m so excited to be home with all of my family as they have been amazing during our transition home. Also thankful for my amazing husband Aaron and my boys Dominic, Jordan, and Pierce. They just make life so much better. And of course, I’m thankful that the Astros are the 2017 World Series Champs! Has made my year!


Kim Wheeler

My life was shaken up a bit this year, and I wasn’t sure where I’d land. This man, my husband, not only supported the decisions I made but encouraged me to take a risk and step out on faith. I did, and landed an amazing job with amazing people, at Trainertainment. He had picked me up and rebuilt my confidence when it was low, helped me rebuild my faith in God, tells me I am beautiful every day, drives me bananas, and he loves all 5 of our children, unconditionally.  He works hard every day to show his commitment and support to our family. I don’t tell him enough, but I am so thankful that I have this man in my corner.  He is our rock, and this Thanksgiving, with all the things I am thankful for, he is the one that most needs to be recognized. Happy Thanksgiving!



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Rosie Salas

Rosie Salas has been in the entertainment industry for 15 years. She started her career in the industry with the Albuquerque Isotopes Baseball Club working in media and community relations. While at the Isotopes, Rosie propelled the Dion’s Reading Club by tripling the enrollment numbers in one year and developed Orbit’s Kids Club which is still growing and thriving today. After continuing to develop her marketing and promotion skills in the baseball and casino industry, she began her career in family entertainment with iT’Z Family, Food, and Fun. While at iT’Z, she managed the front of house and birthday party program. She led her team to a million dollar a year birthday party program and was equally instrumental in helping lead the center to the 2009 IAAPA Top Family Entertainment Centers of the World award. Rosie expanded her FEC experience by helping iT’Z open multiple locations before joining the TrainerTainment team. She joined the team as the director of marketing and is an important part of the leadership team. Rosie has created marketing initiatives that have helped TrainerTainment grow 30% year over year. She has also created programs FECs can easily implement to grow their people and business and has trained centers in the United States and Australia. You can follow Rosie’s work on the TrainerTainment blog at

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