When the Boss Is Away...
country. After that, the event was spread over two days instead of one. Subsequent years only saw more growth. "The transition years were pretty intense, and it grew exponentially, especially in the early and mid-1990s," he said.
Papadeas' success attracted the attention of IASCA, a group that also sprang out of the Alpine program, and whose rule book Papadeas had been using for his contest judging criteria since the 1989 event. In 1993, Jeff Skoon, IASCA's then-president, called Papadeas and indicated that there were problems with the group's management and that he needed someone to organize an IASCA event in Tulsa. There was one catch: He had only six weeks in which to organize the competition.
"I jumped on the case and took off," said Papadeas, who added that there was no pricing or budgeting completed, and there was a trade show to organize as well. He had to start from scratch. "Because I had a database of my own from Spring Break Nationals, I was able to address the industry and say, 'This fell apart, I'm picking it up, can we get your support?'" he said.