AMOA-NY To Honor AMI's John Margold At April 10 Awards Gala

Posted On: 1/31/2018

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MAN OF THE YEAR: AMOA-NY 2018 guest of honor John Margold (left) and wife, Julie shake hands with 2017 "Jukebox Artist Of The Year" BJ Thomas At 2017 annual gala in New York City.

NEW YORK CITY -- The Amusement and Music Owners of New York will hold its eagerly anticipated Awards Gala and dinner on April 10 at Patrizia's restaurant in midtown Manhattan. The association will honor John Margold of AMI Entertainment Network Inc. as its 2018 Man of the Year.

A veteran of four decades in the coin machine industry, Margold will share the spotlight with the recipient of AMOA-NY's 2017 Jukebox Artist of the Year Award, the winner of which is a closely guarded secret.

Margold has been AMI's senior vice-president of sales since 2002. A resident of Grand Rapids, MI, and a native of Salem, MA, he previously worked as vice-president of sales and marketing at Touchtunes, and as senior vice-president of NSM America.

His career began at Rowe International in 1975. He was named the company's sales manager in 1978 and was recognized with its President's Award in 1979 for outstanding jukebox sales.

Margold served as president of the American Amusement Manufacturers Association (AAMA), in 2011-2012. He has been an advocate of industry transparency and inclusiveness, working to encourage new industry members, while embracing career pathways for young people.  

As part of the AAMA government relations committee, Margold helped to bring about a long-term investment tax credit so that operators could reinvest and build equity in their enterprises.

Margold was presented with AAMA's Joe Robbins Award in 2011 as a corporate executive who volunteered countless hours in committee work and fundraising for AAMA's charitable foundation.  A single-digit handicap golfer, Margold is remembered for staging golf tournaments which raised about $250,000 for AAMA's support of children's charities.

The AMI executive has been a prominent figure in the Amusement and Music Owners Association (AMOA) participating in all of its special events and adding value and opportunities at annual state council meetings, and local operator associations -- flying more than one million air miles while doing so.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University and has taken advanced Master's courses at both Harvard University and Northwestern University

Margold joins a distinguished list of AMOA-NY honorees. Past industry award winners are Nina Byron, Richard Kirby, Robert Geschine and Kevin Fritz, H. Betti Industries Inc. (Carlstadt, NJ); David Cohen, Firestone Financial (Boston); Michael Maas, AMI Entertainment (Philadelphia); Eugene Jarvis, Raw Thrills (Skokie, IL); Charles "Chuck" Peitz, Tricorp Amusements/PlayerOne (Somerset, NJ); Allen Weisberg, Apple Industries (Greenvale, NY); and Phil Cohn, TouchTunes Interactive Networks (New York City).

Following tradition, AMOA-NY will honor another recording artist as its Jukebox Artist of the Year for 2018.  Last year, the association bestowed the honor on five-time Grammy winner, B.J. Thomas; in 2016 the recognition went to Tony Orlando.  Other Jukebox Artists of the Year include: The Stylists, folk music icon Judy Collins,  five-time Grammy award winner Dionne Warwick, and Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter, Paul & Mary.

Registration for the event is $375 per person for AMOA-NY members and $500 for nonmembers. Onsite registration is $650 per person.

Checks should be made payable to AMOA-NY and sent to Frank in care of Emerson Amusements, 72-10 51st Rd., Woodside, NY 11377. Frank also may be reached at or phoned at (212) 279-1041.

Founded in the 1940s, AMOA-NY Inc. is a nonprofit group that represents the interests of businesses that own and install coin-operated amusement and music equipment in locations throughout New York state. Ken Gold of Emerson Amusements (Woodside) is president.

AMOA-NY executive director Danny Frank emphasized that the funds raised by past annual galas have enabled the trade group to prevail in a number of contentious state and local issues that threaten operators' businesses.