After my first run through the Scenario House, Tom Forman, the owner of Elk Mountain Resort, invited me to lunch at the resort's Tarragon restaurant.Forman
, a hulking mountain of a man, has quite an interesting background.He's
been a professional wrestler, a former no-holds-barred bare-knuckle fighting champion, and was reportedly, at one time, the highest paid doorman in Hollywood.
Now 40 years old, Forman
has turned to property development."My family has been involved in developing cinema and theater properties, and I called in some favors to have movie set designers make the rooms as believable as possible.It was my dream to build the world's largest video game," Forman
is unapologetic about his
desire for the Scenario House to be fun."We let families reenact their favorite movie scenes with soft air and paintball guns, and they have a great time," he
But the attention to detail also makes this realistic facility great for law enforcement training.Each of the sets in the Scenario House has its own lighting and sound track to completely immerse the trainee's senses in the mock environment.Forman
elaborates, "I was giving a couple a tour of the facility when I invited them to sit down in the airliner.After a few moments, the wife abruptly got up and ran from the room.Later, after she
explained that she
had a fear of flying and our set triggered a panic attack."
Like most successful people, Forman
surrounds himself with people who have an equal passion for the work.