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July 2014

Hot Off the Press


Maryland Regulations Would Require Registration

The redemption-related regulations proposed by the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Agency were recently published in the Maryland Register, opening a comment period and starting the clock ticking to their possible enactment, reports MAMOA’s Larry Bershtein.

MAMOA has expressed concerns about the proposed regulations and at press time was encouraging operators to attend a public hearing scheduled for June 27 at the Lottery Agency.

“If enacted, you will have to register with the agency,” explained Bershtein. “And you will have to register all your machines with the agency. And you will have to report to them every time you move a machine in Maryland. In another year or so, you will have to pay for these privileges.”

To learn more, contact Bershtein at 301/762-8585.


BMI Merchandise Hires CFO

BMI Merchandise announced that Gary Natter has joined the company in the role of Chief Financial Officer. Natter will be responsible for managing the company’s financial and accounting objectives.

Prior to joining BMI, Natter served as corporate controller with Community Surgical Supply and Six Flags/Great Adventure. At Six Flags, Natter oversaw the Jackson, New Jersey, location, the largest of the regional theme park’s destinations.

“Gary brings a tangible amusement background and depth of accounting experience to BMI,” said David Katz, BMI’s founder and CEO. “He’ll help our team chart a course for continued growth across all amusement channels.”

Natter’s 20 plus years in finance encompasses budgeting, forecasting, operations and tax. He’s also experienced in international accounting, given his role as both CPA and CGMA (chartered global management accountant).

Natter holds both a BS in accounting and MBA in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, N.J.), and is a U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard veteran. Natter resides in Pt. Pleasant, N.J.


Kevin Williams Launches Book

RePlay contributor Kevin Williams, a former Disney Imagin­eer, and Michael Mascioni, a market re­searcher, have released their new book The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier. The work examines how public game play scenarios can offer an additional social atmosphere to the already successful entertainment experience provided by consumer game creators. Seventy industry leaders and innovators were interviewed for the publication.

“As attention spans gets shorter and shorter, and with audiences looking for a new relationship with shops, cinemas, museums, amusement parks, executives are driven to transform entertainment platforms and offer audiences a participation that ties in with social experiences,” said Williams. “This new thinking has given birth to a brand new section: the Digital Out-of Home Interactive En­ter­tainment in­dustry.”

The new book looks at emerging new applications and the strategies that inform them. It hopes to be an essential guide for entertainment executives as well as those involved in retailing, the hotel industry, mobile communications, museums and heritage.

To get a copy, visit www.dna-association.com/the-out-of-home-immersive-entertainment-frontier-expanding-interactive-boundaries-in-leisure-facilities-by-kevin-williams-and-michael-mascioni.


Ford Mustang to Be Hesch Grand Prize Next Year

AMOA’s Hesch Committee, which oversees the sales of tickets and the Expo raffle, will give away a Ford Mustang at next spring’s Amusement Expo, March 24-26, 2015. “The Ford Mustang is celebrating a milestone year in 2014, as it marks its 50th anniversary in production as one of American’s most enduring road warriors,” AMOA noted in its Off The Top newsletter.

Proceeds from the fundraiser are directed towards the Hesch Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $1.2 million in college scholarships, mostly to students who have a connection –– either through family or employment –– at a coin-op company.

Ticket sales for next year’s program are already underway.

For more details, contact Claudia Kaczmarek at 800/937-2662 or claudiak amoa@prodigy.net.


Suzo-Happ’s Vegas Move

Effective July 1, the Las Vegas Suzo-Happ parts outlet will have moved to its new facility at 1385 Pama Lane, Unit 100, only a few minutes drive from the old Helm Drive outlet. All phones remain the same.


Global VR’s New Digs

Game factory Global VR recently moved to 1380 Piper Dr., Milpitas, CA 95035. The phone and fax numbers remain the same: 408/597-3400; fax 408-597-3437. Shipments from GVR will originate from 1380 Piper Drive.



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