Wesley Upchurch (b. January 29, 1987) is an entrepreneur in the fields of marketing and entertainment. He is the creator of two of central Missouri’s most popular entertainment venues, Gunther’s Games and the Virtual Arena.
Wesley Upchurch, who currently resides in Columbia, Mo., holds extensive experience in web development and design. He also has a background in online marketing and has implemented modern business strategies to achieve success with many different organizations.
Recognizing that the economy has been a challenge for many businesses, Wesley Upchurch set about creating entertainment that was both safe and affordable for people of all ages. His entertainment venues offer fun activities for visitors while allowing them to communicate with fellow game players throughout the United States. Wesley Upchurch holds active membership with both the International Laser Tag Association and the Laser Tag Operators Association.
Wesley Upchurch is both a CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) Professional Designer and a Certified Web Professional. As an acknowledgement of his talent and hard work, he has been honored with the CIW Interactive Media Award for excellence in the field. Wesley Upchurch also holds the designation of Eagle Scout and has a particular interest in fire prevention science and fire fighting.
Wesley Upchurch is a renowned community leader who has served the central Missouri region in a number of capacities. In 2008, he was a candidate for the office of Secretary of State in Missouri. To promote safety for all community members, he has served on the committee for the Internet Citizens Advisory Group in Columbia.
Wesley Upchurch enjoys a number of outdoor pursuits that offer a welcome change of pace from the dynamic energy of the entertainment world. In his spare time, he can usually be found hiking, caving and kayaking.
Wesley Upchurch first realized his passion for customer service and social entertainment in 2004 when he accepted a full-time role with the Melting Pot restaurant in downtown Memphis. This opportunity exposed Wesley Upchurch to a host of friendly patrons, whom he would engage in conversation to enliven their dining experiences. After four years as a restaurant manager, Wesley Upchurch accepted a position as webmaster at SEMCO, Inc.
Wesley Upchurch maintained variety in his career rather than focusing on one field, which sparked the creation of the Virtual Arena. The Virtual Arena is a new concept in group entertainment. There, Wesley Upchurch has reinvigorated the traditional arcade and provides visitors with unlimited access to numerous gaming systems including Nintendo Wii U, Xbox and PS3.
Wesley Upchurch describes the Virtual Arena as the sole LAN gaming center located in Columbia. It serves as a safe venue for tech savvy teenagers to relax and play games. Wesley Upchurch has developed the site so that it can accommodate up to 400 players who engage with other players in cities across the country via an Internet connection.
In partnership with general manager Matt Robb, Wesley Upchurch redesigned Gunther’s Games so that the young people of Columbia could feel the same excitement that he had as a kid when going to the arcade. Gunther’s Games is more suited for the entire family. Wesley Upchurch has developed this central Missouri attraction with amenities that fit any lifestyle. Features such as laser tag and a token arcade are just the start. The Family Entertainment Center evokes the arcades of the old days, with numerous other activities that will start a new tradition for all visitors. As an added bonus, Wesley Upchurch has led the installation of the city’s lone black light mini-golf course on the premises.