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November 2006


June 10, 2008
By Canadian Vending

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The 2006 AMOA International Expo in September was, by virtually all measurements, a major success.

The 2006 AMOA International Expo in September was, by virtually all measurements, a major success.

There was a very positive energy in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the three days of the show. With more than 500 booths and 165 exhibitors as part of this year’s AMOA Expo, the attendees were able to walk the floor and view many new and exciting products.

“By a considerable margin, it exceeded my expectations, and I think those of many, many others,” said Jack Kelleher, AMOA executive vice-president. “If I had to pick one word that defined this year’s Expo, it would be ‘festive.’ From my observations, showgoers seemed to be having fun at Expo this year.   I can’t pinpoint why, but seeing ‘smiles in the aisles’ was to me, a good sign.”

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At this year’s show, there was a combined total attendance of more than 6,000.

Twenty-one companies were involved in the Innovator Award Programs. Winners of this year’s event were Global VR, Pyramid Technologies and TouchTunes Music Corp.

The Fourth Annual Coin-Op Cares Golf Classic attracted 105 golfers. More than 75 firms sponsored holes, with the proceeds going to the AMOA PAC Program. Income from the tourney, as well as money collected from mulligans and the putting challenge was directed to the AMOA Coin-Op Cares Charitable and Education Foundation.

This year’s event also featured a new program, the AMOA International Pinball Championships. They were held on the show floor with qualifying rounds on Wednesday and Thursday and the finals and award ceremony held on Friday. The event generated more than $1,400 in registration fees, with a portion of the proceeds going to the AMOA Coin-Op Cares Foundation.
 
The Wayne E. Hesch Scholarship raised more than $70,000 – the largest net amount in many years ­– for the coin-op education program, with over 60 companies providing products to raffle.

“Each year, we solicit feedback from exhibitors before the show closes,” said AMOA’s Kelleher.  “One of the questions asked for a 1-10 rating on the overall value of the show, with 10 being the highest.  We collected 101 of these surveys
– representing about 61 per cent of the show’s exhibitors – and of those, 70 per cent rated the show a ‘7’ or above.” o


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