ORLANDO, FL -- A new trade organization has been established to further the interests of the coin-operated amusements industry in Florida. The Amusement Machine Owners Association of Florida was announced by its organizers here last month. | SEE STORY
AMOAF's formation came about as a result of efforts by 14 game operators to reactivate the dormant Florida Amusement Machine Association by acquiring its legal and tax records, and opening a new bank account (see VT, September). The motive was concern over recent Florida legislative and regulatory initiatives that appear to signal a profound lack of knowledge about the state's long-established amusement and jukebox music industry.
The first general membership meeting of the new AMOAF was held on Oct. 19 at Betson Florida's offices in Orlando, according to Jack Kelleher, executive director of the Amusement and Music Operators Association (W. Dundee, IL). Legislative issues and plans were discussed, the formal bylaws were presented to the members for approval and board members were elected.
The association's officers for the coming year were introduced at the meeting. Serving as president is Dale M. Williams, Williams Amusements (Orlando). Founded in 1978, the company markets to family fun centers, hotels and theme parks. Williams is a past director and president of the former Florida state association.
Chosen vice-president is Larry Adami, Livingston's Amusement Center (Sarasota), who opened one of the first upscale billiards and game rooms in the state in 1990. Late last year, he purchased a new facility, expanding his FEC from 12,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet.
Greg Trent of Beyer and Brown (South Daytona) becomes treasurer. His company has been active in the area's music and games business since 1941, and he has been in the industry since 1990. Trent currently serves as a vice-president on the Amusement and Music Operators Association's board of directors.
Assuming the post of AMOAF secretary is Phil Juckem, All Brands Vending (Tampa), which markets to sports bars and family restaurants. His background is in accounting, and he recently completed a nine-year tenure as an officer and director of the national AMOA.
AMOAF's annual membership dues have been set at $1 a day ($365 a year). Information about the association and its goals may be requested from secretary Juckem by calling (813) 259-9495 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership applications can be obtained by emailing email@example.com, or by contacting Joe Kirby of Betson, Tim Paukner of Brady (Orlando) or Ed Chermak of Legacy Coin-Operated Distributors (Myrtle Beach, SC).