Progress in Portland: AMOA Mid-Year Meeting
The 2015 edition of the annual "mid-year" leadership meetings of the Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA) has now come and gone, but the impact of the gatherings will linger long into the future.
Virtually all of the association's working committees, along with the full board, conducted meetings during the September 18-21, 2015 event in downtown Portland, OR.
Discussions on legislative issues, such as Coin Content and Section 179 were conducted. New leadership was elected. New and existing membership programs were reviewed. Continuing education offerings were planned. The 2016 State Association meeting was previewed. Expo activities--such as the Education, Hesch Scholarship and Innovator Awards programs--were covered as part of the face-to-face interaction. Bylaws were tweaked, future PAC initiatives were set and industry promotional possibilities were considered.
While continuing the work of the association is the primary purpose of the yearly Mid-Year meeting, a key byproduct of the event is networking, social/recreational time with colleagues and their spouses/significant others and fun.
And the gathering in Portland did not disappoint, with outings to Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River Gorge, the annual Bob Nims Memorial Golf Outing and a pair of group dinners.
This year's Mid-Year was hosted by AMOA President Jerry Johnston and wife, Carol, who live about 100 miles south of Portland, in Eugene, OR.
Thirty-two of the association's 37-member board were in attendance. With spouses/guests, trade press and staff included, the total in AMOA's Mid-Year delegation was about 80 people.