Happy 75th Birthday, AMOA!

Tim Zahn addresses rooftop birthday party crowd.

AMOA’s outgoing president, Tim Zahn, addresses the birthday party crowd at the Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at the Paris hotel.

It’s not every day that an organization turns 75 so AMOA set out to celebrate their big birthday in style during Amusement Expo…and that they did! Atop the Paris hotel at its Chateau Nightclub and Rooftop with views of the strip and Bellagio fountains below, members (including many past presidents) and guests partied March 29 from 9 p.m. to midnight.


AMOA’s Executive Director Lori Schneider said they chose the late hours so more people could attend, noting that many vendors host parties and dinners following the closing of the show floor for the day. That was the right move since around 500 people flowed in and out to celebrate the milestone.


“The party was fantastic,” Schneider said. “Seventy-five years is a big deal. The association is going strong with many good things happening so we felt it was the perfect time to celebrate.” 


“It was a beautiful setting with the view of the Bellagio fountains,” Schneider added. “We had an open bar and DJ, and members not only came and networked, but many also got their dance moves on. President Tim Zahn also made some brief remarks but, it really was an event to come celebrate and have a good time, and the energy was great. It was a lot of fun.”


Honoring Past Presidents

Because of the association’s 75th anniversary, AMOA also held a special past presidents’ dinner the night before (March 28) where some 16 or so former leaders attended, among them Marion Paul, Chris Warren, Howard Cole, Donovan Fremin, Andy Shaffer, Russ Mawdsley and Randy Chilton. Many of them also attended the annual presidential transition dinner, held the night before, honoring outgoing president Tim Zahn and incoming topper Luke Adams.


AMOA past presidents' dinner

Front row, from left to right: Brenda Cole, Felicia Robbins (daughter of the late Fred Collins, an AMOA past president) and Helene Mawdsley. In the back row, from left, are: Ken Wade, Marion Paul, Dannie Warren, Chris Warren, Howard Cole, Gaines Butler, Bobby Hogin, Emily Dunn, Jim Marsh, Russ Mawdsley, Randy Chilton, Rick LaFleur, Sam Westgate, John Pascaretti and Jerry Johnston.

Past Presidents Dinner

Past presidents Donovan Fremin (pictured with his father Dale at left) and Andy Shaffer were also at the celebration, but missed the group photo.


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