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State meeting is a great meeting… again
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Let's start with the fact that we have "captains of industry" from 24 states assembled here today in San Antonio for the annual information exchange. We can't think of any other time or place such a State Summit for our marketplace is conducted (because there isn't!)

Yesterday, a pre-meeting golf outing, a special session for professional staff members of industry associations and a welcoming reception were held.

This morning, a panel of factory/supplier execs participated in a discussion on a wide range of topics—from technology to the future of the industry (see story below).




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Factories share insights on current, future trends
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Following opening comments by AMOA President Gary Brewer and State Committee Chairman Rick LaFleur, the 2010 Council of Affiliated States Meeting opened with a discussion by a group of factory executives. The members of the panel covered a wide range of issues and topics—from the continued gravitation towards gaming and fewer locations to the increasing cost of game development.

Among the comments from the manufacturer/supplier participants:
  • "I'd like to see operators create more relevance in the locations."
  • "Leverage your service network."
  • "We're taking our cue from you as operators as far as future product development."
  • "Don't be afraid to raise prices on game play."
  • "I'm looking for operators who are excited to be in this industry."
  • "We're working on quality, shipping on time, and making money."
  • "It's all about the customer."
  • "There's a whole new set of entertainment competition in today's market."
Panelists included, in the accompanying photo, seated from left: Ted Furkin, Pyramid Technologies; Elaine Hodgson, Incredible Technologies; Scott Walker, Ecast; Scott Boone, ATM Express; and Chris Felix, MEI. Standing from left, John Margold, AMI Entertainment; Rick Rochetti, BayTek Games; Kelye Stites, Valley-Dynamo; Dan McCallister, TouchTunes; and Richard Freedhoff, JVL. Not pictured: Tim Carson, Grand Vision Gaming.






Executive directors swap association management tips
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On the eve of the startup of the annual Council meeting, several staff members of coin-op associations around the country huddled to talk about ways to improve their membership, operations and governance.

Among those who participated: Maxine O'Brien, Wis.; David Corey, Ohio; Rich and Jeannine Mitchell, Ill.; Mona LaCombe, La.; Jenny Duede, Iowa; Dwight Wrangham, N.D.; Bob Hartford, S.D.; and Toni Silcox, Texas. Also in attendance were Lori Schneider and Jack Kelleher of AMOA.

While many are facing declining memberships and increased challenges in 2010, most have maintained their core of involved, active volunteer leaders that direct the important work of their organizations.




Jump on board AMOA's fan page: Be a ChangeMaker!
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AMOA invites you to be among the first to join the association's official Facebook Fan page. Labeled "ChangeMakers," the goal of the AMOA group identity on this social networking site is to provide a timely, informative and hopefully fun place to check out association news, programs, issues and people.

Please join us in shaping yet another method for members of AMOA and the coin-op community to keep in touch with one another.




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Amusement Expo just around the corner
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The 2010 AAMA/AMOA Amusement Expo is quickly approaching! A mere 19 days from today, the ribbon-cutting will mark the beginning of a new era. While you are in Vegas for the show be sure to include these events in your schedule:

During the Industry Gala at this year's March 10-12 AAMA/AMOA Amusement Expo in Las Vegas, a special performance by the 'Twinkeys,' the only all-female and identical twin dueling piano duo in the world will take place. Admission to the after-hours party on Wednesday, March 10 at the Las Vegas Hilton (which is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the site of the Amusement Expo and Fun Expo), is FREE to all registered showgoers. The Gala is scheduled for 6:15-8:15 p.m. that evening.

Stop by the Hesch Booth #110 for your chance to win this bike – a brand new 2010 Honda Fury motorcycle! There will be daily drawings of industry prizes so check the schedule events for times. The Hesch program is the industry's longest-running, most prolific charitable endeavor. Since its inception in 1985, nearly $1 million in scholarships have been awarded. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Winners need not be present to win.

And don't forget the seminars! The free educational programs have been 'front-loaded' to be conducted prior to the 1 p.m. start up of exhibit hours on opening day (Wednesday, March 10):
  • 'Redemption 2010 for the FEC and the Street--Where We Are Now and Where We're Headed Next'
  • 'New Ways to Jump-Start a New League Program'
  • 'In Search of Configuration Cures and Networking Success Stories'
  • 'Card Swipe Systems: How to Get the Most Out of 'Em!'
  • 'Opening General Session: 'Going Social:' Finding a Fit for Social Media in Your Company'
As well as Friday morning: 'Coin-Op Think Tank—Tapping into the Talents of Top Ops.'

Detailed descriptions for the seminars, as well as more information, can be found at the official show Web site: www.amusementexpo.org




Jukebox License Office is here for you
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Remember the Jukebox License Office represents the Performing Rights Organizations: ASCAP, SESAC, and BMI. The JLO license offers a discounted license to everyone. AMOA members who wish to qualify for a $27 per box discount on licenses for their CD jukeboxes (after the first license is secured) must be an AMOA membres in good standing and pay the license fees by March 15. For more information, please contact the JLO at 800-955-5853.

Industry News


Metal Gear Arcade unveiled
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When Konami announced it was working on an arcade version of Metal Gear at E3 last summer, the Japanese developer drew a collective shrug of the shoulders from the gaming community. But Konami proved Metal Gear Arcade, complete with 3D, head-tracking controllers, microphones, and networking, is worth a second look. More

The BullShooter Tour heads to Indiana
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The BullShooter Regional Tour continued in January making its second stop of the new year in Indiana. The Indiana Regional was held at the Ramada Inn, Indianapolis, Jan. 22-24. The BullShooter Qualifier was co-sponsored by Shaffer Distributing. Over $10,000 was awarded in the main events, plus a 100 percent payback Friday Night Blind Draw was held with $500 added to the jackpot. More

A successful debut for Ticket Jackpot
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Coin Tech, the top provider of Debit Card System and management technology for leisure venues of all sizes, is proud to announce Ticket Jackpot, an innovation for the redemption operation, which is successfully growing in the market of the Family Entertainment Industry. More
   
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