Tim Jackson, Longtime Industry Sales Pro, Dies At 45
TORRANCE, CA — Tim Jackson, who served in several senior level marketing posts for various amusement machine manufacturers, died on November 12 in the intensive care unit of Harbor UCLA Medical Center here; he was 45. A 23-year industry veteran, Jackson reportedly had been fighting liver disease and kidney problems. Jackson brought his effervescent personality and bulldog determination to top sales posts at SNK America, Capcom and Romstar during the video game heyday. In the past decade, he served as national sales director at Planet Earth, Apple Industries, Wedges/Ledges and Five Star Redemption. His last industry post was a brief sojourn with T.D. Rowe, a nationwide operating company headquartered in Houston. Jackson is survived by five siblings and one daughter. Plans for services will be announced later this week; condolences may be sent to Kevin and Jodi Brooks, 8201 Bryant Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
Lou Perfidio, Former VT Editor, And Terry Horan, InterGame Sales Manager, Die
PHILADELPHIA and LONDON — Lou Perfidio, music and games editor at VENDING TIMES from 1990 to 1991, died November 7 from heart disease. He was 43. A freelance writer in recent years, Perfidio was best known for a humorous Web blog that focused on the joys and woes of the Phillies baseball team. Overseas, InterGame magazine general sales manager Terry Horan died suddenly on November 10. He was 49. Colleagues described him as a charismatic man who had become well known in the industry in the past three years after attending many of international trade events.
Arizona Operators Form State Association
SCOTTDALE, AZ — The Machine Operators of Arizona held its opening meeting here on November 9, according to the Amusement and Music Operators Association. The inaugural meeting was attended by Kris Gilmore of Troy Vending (Phoenix) and Thomas Yario and J.R. Schmitz of Global Entertainment Group (Scottsdale), along with part-time Scottsdale resident and AMOA past-president Jim Stansfield of Stansfield Vending (La Crosse, WI). More than a decade ago, Stansfield chaired AMOA’s state organization committee and led the first Council of Affiliated States meeting. The Arizona association said it would hold a second meeting in December.
IALEI To Co-Produce “Code Adam” Video; Seeks 2007 Speakers
HERSHEY, PA — The International Association for the Leisure & Entertainment Industry is assisting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to expand its Code Adam program. A nationally recognized program, Code Adam teaches employees how to respond when a child is reported missing in a public location. Retail stores have utilized NCMEC training kits to teach employees six steps to follow when a parent reports that they cannot locate their child. The steps range from obtaining a detailed description of the child and his/her clothing to paging the Code Adam telephone alert line. IALEI is seeking industry sponsors to help fund the filming of a new instructional video that is geared to leisure and family entertainment centers.
Separately, IALEI is looking for speakers to present at the 2007 Fun Academy, the educational component of Fun Expo, which will be held in Las Vegas from September 24 to 29. Applications can be completed online at http://www.funexpo.com and must be submitted by Friday, December 8. Applications can also be mailed to Judy Novak, Fun Academy Program Chair, 10729 W 163rd Pl., Orland Park, IL 60467, faxed to (708) 226-1310 or emailed to email@example.com.
AAMA Begins Lining Up PR Team; Sets 2007 Gala Dates
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL — The American Amusement Machine Association said it is offering a new member benefit through logo marketing specialist Wow! Marketing Inc. AAMA members will be offered package discounts on promotional products, tradeshow giveaways and corporate premium programs. A customized online store, planned to launch November 17, will sell official AAMA apparel and products (http://www.wowbrandedsolutions.net). More information is available from Wow! vice-president Debbie Thompson at (708) 203-3424. In other news, AAMA announced that its 2007 annual meeting and distributor gala will return to Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL, from July 31 through August 3; the Gala cocktail party and product preview will take place on the latter date.
Leslie Murphy To Exit AMOA National Dart Association
INDIANAPOLIS — After nine years as executive director of the AMOA’s National Dart Association, Leslie Murphy will depart from the organization and her concurrent post as executive director for the Indiana AMOA. Her official departure is planned at the year’s end. Murphy will head a new consulting division at Raybourn Group International, an association management firm. NDA’s executive committee praised Murphy for her energy, professionalism and “countless contributions,” saying she leaves the 292-member NDA in “solid shape.” AMOA said NDA transition and hiring strategies are underway.
AMOA Plans To Visit New Congress Next Spring
WASHINGTON, DC — The Amusement and Music Operators Association announced it will stage a day of meetings between association board members and their respective Congress members in April or May. AMOA’s legislative counsel, Elliott Portnoy, a partner in the law firm representing AMOA and the American Amusement Machine Association, is advising clients that the advent of a Democratic-controlled Congress “requires a complete recalibration of strategic plans at both federal and state levels.” The AMOA website is http://www.amoa.com.
European Court Says Greek Ban Contrary To EC Law
ATHENS — Coin-Op News’ Martin Dempsey reports that the European Court has overruled Greece’s 2002 ban on electronic games, saying it violates European Community economic laws. Reported at http://www.coin-opnews.eu, Dempsey said the Greek amusement trade – which virtually shut down under the prohibition – would soon recommence manufacturing, distributing and operating.
MANUFACTURER NEWS: Ecast, Face Place, Incredible Technologies, Merit, Namco Bandai, Sega, Smart, Stern, TouchTunes
Ecast reports that Skin and Bones, the first live-performance album from the popular American rock group, The Foo Fighters, appeared on all 8,000 Ecast-powered jukeboxes nationwide on November 8, one day after the CD hit retail stores. Ecast is online at www.ecastnetwork.com …
…Face Place LLC has added an interactive Weblog to its website site: www.FacePlacePhoto.com. The blog offers company-specific promotional data, entertainment content and general information about photo booths in the news.
…Incredible Technologies completed the third of four regional tournaments on October 21 with the final event for the Golden Tee LIVE Southern Open. Originally scheduled for the Grand Casino in Tunica, MS, the venue was shifted eight days earlier to the FedExForum in Memphis, TN, some 20 miles north of the casino, due to a conflicting event planned by casino management at the last minute. The contest drew the largest qualifying field of the promotion to date, with more than 1,200 players entering…
…Merit Entertainment said Vincent Corrodore of Menands, NY, was the $4,000 Megatouch Nation Sweepstakes winner for September. The featured game was Card Bandits. Corrodore qualified for the drawing on a MegaTouch machine operated by Slosek’s Music & Amusements Co. (Watervilet, NY)...
…Namco Bandai is restructuring its European business. In January of 2007 Namco Europe will become Namco Holdings UK under managing director Mike Nevin; he will remain managing director of Namco Operations Europe. A new company, Namco Europe, which includes Brent Sales and Brent Spares, will handle distribution under managing director John McKenzie. The newly formed Namco Bandai Networks Europe will provide online and cellphone games under managing director Masaji Okubo…
…Sega Amusements USA is offering lower prices on full conversion kits for Extreme Hunting 2 – Tournament Edition, compatible with standard and high-resolution monitors. Special financing remains available through December 31. Also available for a limited time through Sega are pre-owned units of Derby Owners Club – World Edition in eight-player, four-player and “horseshoe” configurations, all upgradeable with an EX Software Update Kit. Sega can be found online at www.sau.sega.com…
…Smart Industries now offers more sizes and styles of its Pirates Chest skill crane line and a cosmetic update to the imported Prize Time line. Pirate’s Chest is now available in 31-in., 34-in. and 42-in. widths; all sizes include a one-year warranty. Visit www.smartind.com…
… A two-minute virtual tour of the Stern Pinball factory can be viewed a www.youtube.com, a popular video-sharing website. From this homepage, type “Stern Pinball Factory Tour” in the search box in the top-right corner to view the clip. The video that was filmed and directed by Erin Stern, graduate of University of Colorado (Boulder) film school and daughter of Stern CEO Gary Stern. The video may also be viewed at http://www.sternpinball.com/tour.html…
TouchTunes Music Corp. has added employee-accessible functionality to certain features of the Operator Dashboard, a Web-based tool that lets operators manage jukebox music and administrative tasks remotely. Operators can set up sub-user accounts and define individual access privileges. Available roles include music manager, money manager and settings manager. Employees granted access to areas of the Dashboard can edit time-of-day settings for individual jukeboxes and settings for music filters, Tune Central availability, light shows, background music mode and others. TouchTunes is online at www.touchtunes.com…