JERSEY CITY, NJ -- The Amusement and Music Operators Association assembled its board on Sept. 9 to choose the association's new leaders, who include four executive officers and a class of three vice-presidents. The selection and ratification of officers took place during AMOA's midyear board meeting in Jersey City, NJ.
Bobby Hogin, Hogin Amusement Co. (Dickson, TN), will be the next AMOA president, and he will succeed John Pascaretti at the conclusion of next year's Amusement Expo in March. After discovering a need for affordable entertainment in the middle-Tennessee area, Hogin started his music and games operation in 1986. From a simple beginning -- one man, one truck, one pool table and one jukebox -- the Hogin operation has grown to serve a six-county territory west of Nashville.
Rounding out the Hogin administration are Jerry Johnston, Amusement Unlimited Inc. (Eugene, OR), who will become first vice-president, Gaines Butler, Metro Distributors Inc., (Norcross, GA), as treasurer and Rick LaFleur, I.F. LaFleur & Son Inc. (Devils Lake, ND), the new secretary.
The four officers will each serve one-year terms.
PHOTO: AMOA's next officer slate, from left, are Rick LaFleur, Gaines Butler, Jerry Johnston and Bobby Hogin, who will be installed as AMOA president on March 27.
Members of the AMOA Vice-President Class of 2017, whose three-year terms will also begin at the end of Amusement Expo, are Vernon S. "Tracy" Ferris III, A&M Amusement (Augusta, GA), Mary Lavine, Bullseye Games (Madison, WI), and Chip O'Hara, Midwest Coin Concepts (Waite Park, MN).
PHOTO: Members of the AMOA Vice President Class of 2017 are Chip O'Hara, Mary Lavine and Vernon S. "Tracy" Ferris III.
AMOA's current president, who owns Pascaretti Enterprises (Warren, MI), led the association's midyear board meeting in Jersey City on the Hudson River, across from Manhattan. Manhattan's spectacular skyline and the Statue of Liberty served as a backdrop for a series of meetings, from Sept. 6 to 10, by the association's 36 (of 38) board members. Including spouses, special guests and staff, the AMOA delegation added up to more than 90 people.
PHOTO: AMOA president John Pascaretti of Pascaretti Enterprises calls to order the association's midyear board meeting.
AMOA executive vice-president Jack Kelleher reported, "It was my 15th consecutive midyear meeting, and the first in my tenure to be conducted so close to our nation's largest, most diverse city: New York. The consensus among participants is that it was quite a productive, enjoyable gathering. For the attendees who worked hard and played hard, the lasting memory will be the stunning skyline of Manhattan that served as the backdrop, the postcard-perfect weather, the closing event that featured fireworks that lit up an already radiant Statue of Liberty and, of course, the friendship and fellowship that was furthered by the shared experience."
More than 20 sessions were held at the midyear meeting. Kelleher's report is available in AMOA's Off The Top electronic newsmagazine.