J. Richard Oltmann, an amusement industry icon, celebrated life as an accomplished operator, location owner, game designer and all around innovator. His passion and generosity for the industry were unsurpassed. From classes and tours at his Enchanted Castle location to one-on-one consulting sessions with industry colleagues, Richard dedicated his life to the betterment of the industry.
In 2010, Mr. Oltmann was acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA). Mr. Oltmann was known as one of the most creative minds in the industry for uncompromising locations he ran and the award-winning products he designed and produced. His brilliant business acumen was only surpassed by the high standard of integrity he held himself to, the compassion he displayed towards others and his generous sharing of best practices with the entire industry. “It is my passion to give back all that I learned to make this industry a better place than when I started,” he said when presented with the award in Las Vegas.
Mr. Oltmann lost his courageous battle with cancer on May 30th, 2015. In keeping with his passion and focus on education, his wife of 51 years, Diane; son, Richie; and daughter, Dawn, have worked with the American Amusement Machine Charitable Foundation (AAMCF) to establish the J. Richard Oltmann Memorial Scholarship Fund. The AAMCF is honored to be a part of continuing Richard’s legacy.
To donate to the J. Richard Oltmann Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact an AAMCF representative at 847.290.9171 or email [email protected]