Next Week's AMOA State Council Meeting In San Diego an 'Unrivaled Industry Summit Event'
"Unrivaled Industry Summit Event." How's that for setting lofty expectations about a meeting that doesn't get started for another week?
Yet, if recent history repeats itself--and there is nothing to suggest otherwise--the industry's annual affair of the states will serve as a key business barometer, identifying trends and issues that will play out throughout the year.
Truly, there is no other event on the industry calendar that corrals so many captains of coin-op around the country for what amounts to an intensive 1.5 day "Show and Tell."
Today, our conference room has been transformed into the "State Meeting Materials Assembly Line," with AMOA Deputy Director Lori Schneider collecting, photocopying and inserting handouts for meeting books to be distributed at next week's gathering--contents that range from pending legislative language to state association survey data and the roster of industry A-listers expected to be in attendance.
The February 5-7, 2015 version promises to live up to the "unrivaled summit meeting" label, with a full program and a solid 61 delegates from 28 states who have signed up for the gathering at the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley.
AMOA remains firmly committed to organizing and conducting the Council meeting. During the past eight years, many companies and organizations have stepped up and generously supported the event through sponsorships, but the national association continues to subsidize the gathering, typically between $10,000 to $15,000 per year.
Yet, we don't view it as a line item expense on our annual budget, but rather as a fairly modest investment in our future. AMOA and our entire industry are tied to the vitality of state associations. Next week's meeting will underscore this point.
Look for an report on the opening day of the 2015 meeting in the next edition of Off-The-Top.
-- Jack Kelleher