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AAMA Elects Cohen Chairman, Holds Board Meets And Gala

Posted On: 7/31/2009

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OAK BROOK, IL -- The American Amusement Machine Association installed new leadership during its annual membership and board meetings in late July. The high-level meetings were held in conjunction with AAMA's Distributor Gala, a showing of new amusement equipment, here at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort.

David Cohen succeeded Dave Courington as AAMA's chairman. Cohen is president and chief executive of Firestone Financial Corp., the largest lender to amusement and vending operators. Newly elected officers serving under the chairman are Neal Rosenberg, vice-chairman; John Margold, treasurer; Dave Drouillard, vice-treasurer; Frank Cosentino, secretary; and Al Kress, assistant secretary.

Some two dozen new games were unveiled at the Distributor Gala, a forum that allows equipment distributors to preview new games before they make an appearance at fall trade shows. Never-before-seen games from Benchmark, Bay Tek and ICE were highlights in the redemption category. Namco's Tanks! Tanks! Tanks!, a simulator that uses portrait screen orientation, and Global VR's Twisted, a fantasy racing game, were among the new videogames. AMI Entertainment Network Inc. unveiled a single-screen solution for TAP.tv.

Industry veteran Neal Rosenberg of S&N Enterprises (Oceanside, NY) was presented with AAMA's Joe Robbins Award, which recognizes outstanding participation in and contributions to the coin-op industry. Last year's honoree, Jon W. Brady of Brady Distributing Co., a past AAMA chairman, presented the award.

Founded in 1981, AAMA is an international nonprofit trade organization representing manufacturers, distributors and part suppliers involved in the coin-operated amusement industry. A board of directors, elected by its members, governs the association and committees. It works with association staff, led by president John Schultz, to develop programs that promote and protect the industry.