AMOA-NY To Honor AMI and Merit’s Mike Maas On Feb. 23
NEW YORK CITY — Michael Maas will be honored by the Amusement Music Owners Association of New York as its 2008 Man of the Year. The accolade recognizes Maas’s accomplishments as president and chief executive of sister companies AMI Entertainment, Merit Entertainment and Rowe International.
During his two-year tenure, Maas has been the architect of a coin-op business model that better integrates the companies’ products and applications – jukebox and videogame content, networking services and public-space hardware and screens. He is a former executive of Microsoft and IBM. At Microsoft, Maas headed the software giant’s marketing programs for enterprise accounts across the U.S.
The AMOA-NY Man of the Year will be fêted at a gala tribute hosted by the association at Riccardo’s by the Bridge on Monday night, Feb. 23, here. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling (212) 279-1041.
AMOA-NY Inc. is a nonprofit group that represents and promotes the interests of businesses that own and install coin-operated amusement and music equipment in locations throughout New York State. Ken Goldberg, PLK Vending (Woodside, NY), is president. Goldberg recently succeeded Frank Calland, E&S Music Corp. (Holbrook, NY), who has retired from the industry. Joe Bossolina, McGee Amusement (Ridgefield, NJ), is vice-president.
U.S. Mint Shows Off $1 Coin At National Museum Opening
WASHINGTON — The United States Mint and the National Museum of the American Indian teamed up last week for a ceremonial pour of newly minted 2009 Native American $1 coins. Mint director Ed Moy and NMAI director Kevin Gover poured the new coins from an authentic handcrafted Native American basket, opening a three-day festival of music, dance and story at the Smithsonian’s NMAI wing.
The Mint released the new $1 coin on January 2. Its obverse (heads side) design continues to feature the familiar image of Sacagawea used since 2000. Beginning in 2009, the coin’s reverse (tails side) will feature a new design each year. The agriculturally themed design on the 2009 coin depicts a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash, emblematic of the Three Sisters method of planting. The Native American $1 Coin Act of 2008 was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush.
Stamp and coin columnist Peter Rexford, who writes for Creators Syndicate, predicts a profound push for $1 coin usage over paper dollars, and elimination of the $1 banknote, in the not-too-distant future.
“In a nutshell, I predict the campaign slogan of [President] Barack Obama regarding ‘change’ may be far more tangible insofar as our currency than many might have believed,” Rexford writes. “It may not happen in 2009 or even 2010. But, during his tenure, I'll wager the paper dollar will become a thing of the past.”
Global VR Goes To London For Justice League Roll Out
SAN JOSE, CA — Global VR is putting the finishing touches on the eagerly awaited Justice League: Heroes United arcade videogame. The game will make its official at ATEI, which opens a week from today in London.
Based on DC Comics’ Justice League superhero team, Global’s new video offers nonstop action and a chance at saving the world from some of the most notorious comic book villains. Two cabinet styles – with 26” (pictured here) or 42” monitors – will be available.
“As huge DC comic book fans, developing this game has been a dream come true for many of us,” said Global’s Mike Kruse, the game’s lead producer. “Players will be able to use all of the heroes’ ‘super moves’ such as heat vision, freeze breath, lasso, tiara, and more, to conquer evil that threatens the world. Our designers have taken their time to ensure that all the familiar elements of an exciting action/adventure arcade game are there, as well as a few surprises.”
Hard-Hitting Deal Delivers Big Buck Safari For $89 A Month And Tradeup
CARLSTADT, NJ — Now available from Betson Financial Services is a new leasing product offering Big Buck Safari for $89 a month and a Big Buck Hunter Pro trade-in. The lease/trade-in offer applies to 29” wide upright models, consists of 24 monthly payments and includes a $1,200 residual buyout on the 25th month. Separately, Betson Enterprises has teamed up with Access to Money and WRG Services Inc. for an introductory 24-month leasing special on ATMs. On the leasing block are the Triton RL 2000 and WRG Genesis ATMs with monthly payments as low as $79 and no money down.