Committees 2017-10-24T13:49:08+00:00

COMMITTEES

The AAMA has several committees responsible for working with staff in carrying out day-to-day and long term projects.  Each committee is constantly adapting to the increased demands of the industry, providing new outlets for the AAMA membership.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of the Executive officers of the AAMA Board of Directors.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • President – Holly Hampton, Bay Tek Games
  • Vice President – George Smith, Family Entertainment Group
  • Treasurer – Allen Weisberg, Apple Industries
  • Assistant Treasurer – Rich Babich, Game Exchange of Colorado
  • Secretary – Frank Cosentino, Bandai Namco Amusements America
  • Assistant Secretary – Bryan Aune, AMI Entertainment
  • Past President – Chris Felix, Crane Payment Innovations

Annual Meeting Committee

The Annual Meeting Committee is responsible for setting policies for the association’s annual meeting and gala.  These individuals work with the AAMA staff to create a successful week of meetings, networking opportunities, education and social events.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

  • Frank Cosentino, Bandai Namco Amusements America
COMMITTEE MEMBERS
  • Jon W. Brady, Player One Amusement Group
  • Jonathan Durst, Pyramid Technologies
  • Chris Felix, Crane Payment Innovations

FEC Committee

The AAMA FEC Committee serves to provide an open community to allow the FEC member a clearing for transparent communication around relevant challenges and opportunities. The FEC Committee’s goal is to allow the FEC Operators to have a voice in the industry, while offering a line of communication to game manufacturers and distributors.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

  • Joe Camarota, Alpha Omega Sales
  • George Smith, Family Entertainment Group

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Mike Abecassis, GameTime
  • Adam Ambrosius, Bay Tek Games
  • Rich Babich, Game Exchange of Colorado
  • Joseph Camarota III, Alpha Omega Sales
  • Brian Cohen, Entertainment Properties Group
  • Sondra Doyle, SureShot Redemption
  • Chris Felix, Crane Payment Innovations
  • Holly Hampton, Bay Tek Games
  • Steve Ignarski, Bandai Namco America
  • Kevin Jordan, Nickels and Dimes
  • Cortney Black Kinzler, American Vending Sales
  • Rick Kirby, Betson Enterprises
  • Don Marshall, Marshall Productions
  • George McAuliffe, Redemption Plus
  • Howard McAuliffe, Pinnacle Entertainment Group
  • Justin Michaels, Redemption Plus
  • Jason Mitchell, Intercard
  • Spencer Norton, Firestone Financial
  • Ted Parsons, Helix Leisure
  • Paula Rinker, Benchmark Games
  • Frank Sikora, Family Fun Companies
  • Allen Weisberg, Apple Industries, Inc.

Government Relations

The AAMA serves as the legislative voice of the coin-operated amusement industry in dealing with a variety of government issues which directly affect the industry. The committee works closely with its Lead Counsel,  Michael Zolandz of Dentons US, to monitor these  issues as we track events occurring on Capitol Hill.

Over the years, the Association has worked on a number of key issues, including: the Dollar Coin; strengthening trademark and copyright laws; and other pertinent issues. In 2003, the AAMA, along with its committee, held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The event included AAMA Board of Directors and committee meetings, as well as a special Congressional Luncheon in the Capitol building. The event was a proactive effort  to educate Members of Congress on the industry’s concerns and issues and inform them of ways in which they support our industry.

Overall, these efforts allow the AAMA to maintain a visible presence in our nation’s Capitol.

Government Related News

LEAD COUNSEL

  • Michael Zolandz, Dentons US

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

  • David Cohen, Firestone Financial
  • Rick Kirby, Betson Enterprises

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE

  • Frank Cosentino, Bandai Namco Amusements America

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Mike Abecassis, GameTime
  • Bryan Aune, AMI Entertainment Network
  • Rich Babich, Game Exchange of Colorado
  • Jim Belt, Stern Pinball
  • Jon W. Brady, Player One Amusement Group
  • Joe Camarota, Alpha Omega Sales
  • Ryan Cravens, Bay Tek Games
  • Chris Felix, Crane Payment Innovations
  • Kevin Jordan, Nickels and Dimes
  • John Margold, AMI Entertainment Network
  • Nick Sarioglou, Beston Baltimore
  • George Smith, Family Entertainment Group

Industry Promotion

In an effort to promote the industry on a domestic level, the Industry Promotion Committee works hard to seek out new programs which enable our members to expose their product(s) to the general public and to potential customers.

One of AAMA’s biggest member benefit programs is the Location Trade Show Program.

How does the Location Trade Show Program work?

The AAMA purchases a pavilion of several booths at shows such as Bowl Expo, RSA Convention and Trade Show, and IAAPA. We then sell space within those pavilions to AAMA members. Member companies receive a prime location on the trade show floor within the AAMA pavilion. Not only does the AAMA pavilion make a bigger impact than a company exhibiting on its own; the AAMA receives great locations within the show itself.

By actively participating in different trade shows, the AAMA insures the exposure for coin-operated amusement equipment to a variety of industries where coin-op may be used to generate increased location income.

Industry Promotion efforts also include the creation of up-to-date sales tools such as videos and brochures as well as our newly revamped website. The AAMA publishes its Membership Directory, where  each member is entitled to a FREE listing. What makes the AAMA Directory unique is the fact that we actively utilize it as a marketing piece, distributing it at Location Trade Shows, as well as offering it on our website.  Members interested in advertising in the Directory to get their company in front of thousands of prospective buyers should contact Tina Schwartz at AAMA headquarters.

The Industry Promotion Committee does a wonderful job insuring that the Association portrays a positive image for the coin-op industry.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

  • Holly Hampton, Bay Tek Games
  • Don Marshall, Marshall Productions

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Bryan Aune, AMI Entertainment Network
  • Rich Babich, Game Exchange of Colorado
  • Anna Bacorn, Barron Games International
  • Jon W. Brady, Brady Starburst
  • Brian Cohen, Entertainment Properties Group
  • Jonathan Durst, Pyramid Technologies
  • Chris Felix, Crane Payment Innovations
  • Paula Rinker, Benchmark Games
  • Jamie Sura, TouchTunes Interactive Networks

Membership Committee

The AAMA Membership Committee works to improve upon the benefits offered to AAMA members , as well as addressing membership related issues that affect the Association and the industry.

The Committee has successfully implemented several benefits over the years, including  discounted member rates on trade shows, such as the Amusement Expo. Other benefit programs include: car rental, hotel, and telecommunications discounts; freight programs; and discounted advertising rates within trade press publications.

The Committee also works in conjunction with other AAMA committees to promote the Location Trade Show Program and Foreign Business Development.  Committee members are always researching new avenues for member benefits and discounts.  The AAMA always welcomes new ideas for benefit programs.  For membership questions, or to propose a benefit idea, please contact Tina Schwartz in the AAMA office at 847.290.9088.

AAMA Member Benefits

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

  • Paula Rinker, Benchmark Games

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Anna Bacorn, Barron Games International
  • Ryan Cravens, Andamiro
  • Chris Felix, Crane Payment Innovations

Nominating Committee

The members of the AAMA Board of Directors are elected by their peers to serve a three-year term. Every year, elections are held in conjunction with the AAMA’s Annual Meeting to fill the vacancies created by departing members.  The Nominating Committee is responsible for overseeing the nominations of qualified individuals to the Board of Directors.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

  • Frank Cosentino, Bandai Namco Amusements America

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Bryan Aune, AMI Entertainment Network
  • David Cohen, Firestone Financial

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee is responsible for maintaining employee policy and procedures related to the AAMA employee manual.  They may also be responsible for handling all personnel matters regarding AAMA staff.   The AAMA’s Vice President serves as Chairperson of this committee.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

  • George Smith, Family Entertainment Group

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Holly Hampton, Bay Tek Games

Standardization Committee

The Standardization Committee is a group of volunteers from different member companies that work together to create standards for the manufacturing of products. These volunteers come from not only our manufacturer member companies, but also our supplier and location/operator member companies, to ensure that all stages of production and use are brought into consideration.  Created in 2014, this committee serves to simplify the manufacturing and service of new products by creating manuals and guidelines for manufacturers that will improve the quality of products.

The first manufacturing guideline established by the Standardization Committee is the Universal Card Link System (UCL). The purpose of this system is to simplify the installation of video, redemption, and card systems, prevent miswiring, and ensure quicker setups. The UCL Manual can be downloaded here.

COMMITTEE CHAIR

  • Adam Ambrosius, Bay Tek Games

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Mike Abecassis, GameTime
  • Satinder Bhutani, Andamiro USA
  • Chuck Bleich, Stern Pinball
  • Nick Brancato, Innovative Concepts in Entertainment
  • Rich Catalan, Raw Thrills
  • Sam Dando, Family Entertainment Group
  • Kym Jaensch, Embed
  • J. Francisco Jimenez, Andamiro USA
  • Gary Kaibel, Intercard
  • Kerrie Nollette, Pyramid Technologies
  • Jeff Peveler, National Entertainment Network
  • Tim Snelling, Universal Space Video Game
  • John Vaughn, Family Entertainment Group
  • Patrick Williams, Speedy’s One Stop Repair Service
  • Vaugh Williamson, AstroSystems, Inc.

Amusement Expo Board

The joint venture’s Board of Directors shall be comprised of eight (8) directors — four from AMOA and four from AAMA.

The Board of Directors shall negotiate and contract with professional trade show management organizations, establish exhibitor requirements and set a budget for the Show, rates for rental of exhibitor space and registration rates subject to approval by the Boards of Directors of the Parties.

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Bryan Aune, AMI Entertainment Network
  • Chris Felix, Crane Payment Innovations
  • Holly Hampton, Bay Tek Games
  • Allen Weisberg, Apple Industries

Amusement Expo Show Committee

The Amusement Expo Show Committee is made up of 4 members from each the AAMA and the AMOA for a total of 8 members.  The Show Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the management and operation of the show and shall also approve all educational events including symposia and seminars.  The committee shall take all reasonable and necessary action to ensure the success of the Amusement Expo.

COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRPERSON

  • Anna Bacorn, Barron Games

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Jonathan Durst, Pyramid Technologies
  • Steve Ignarski, Bandai Namco Amusements America
  • George Smith, Family Entertainment Group
Executive Committee
Annual Meeting Committee
FEC Committee
Government Relations
Industry Promotion Committee
Membership Committee
Nominating Committee
personnel-committee
Standardization Committee
Amusement Expo Board
Amusement Expo Show Committee

Interested in making a difference in the coin operated industry by serving on one of the many AAMA committees?  Call AAMA for more information at 847.290.9088 or return the completed AAMA Committee Sign Up Form via fax 847.290.9121 or email to [email protected].