NJAA Newsletter
October 2016   

NJAA Officers
Scott Simpson

1st Vice President
Angelo Cappetta

William Gehlhaus

Executive Director
Kimberle R Samarelli

Legal Counsel
Lary I. Zucker

Government Relations
Edward R. McGlynn

Industry Events


Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 17th

IAAPA Attractions Expo

Orlando, Florida

Breakfast 8:30 AM

Room N220EFG

Meeting starts at 9:00AM Sharp

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Attractions Expo 2016

November 14th - 18th

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)
North and South Buildings
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL, US

From the Desk of...

Kim Samarelli new
Kimberle Rolle Samarelli
NJAA Executive Director

The summer of 2016 is definitely one I'm going to remember and treasure. My kids and I created a lot of memories together both close to home and out of state. The fun started with a fabulous trip to Washington D.C. and a private tour of the White House. We traveled to Morey's Pier and had an amazing adventure in Wildwood. We took various days trips to Seaside and Point Pleasant Beach, and spent many days at Casino Beach Water Park. The industry truly is made up of ONE family and we all, at our core, share similar experiences and stories. There really is no better time than time shared with Family. Each one of you does a fabulous job in your own way, shape, and form to make cherished memories. Regardless of our different ways or the locations in which we operate, the ultimate goal is the same...to create experiences and memories that remain with us throughout our lives.

In September, I traveled to The Golden Ticket Awards. This yearly celebration is always fun and is such a great place to catch up with old friends and colleagues. It's also an opportunity to network, meet new people and make new friends. If you haven't been to this event, you should really try to take time out of your busy schedules and attend. Gary Slade and his staff at Amusement Today do an amazing job of putting this event together.

The 2017 Golden Ticket Awards will be held on September 8th & 9th at Lake Compounce and Quassy Amusement Park. For more info visit: http://goldenticketawards.com/2017-gta/

The NJAA held the Fritz Rolle Legacy Golf Outing in the later part of September, and I'm thrilled to report it was very successful and the weather held out for the event!

Most of us will be heading down to Orlando in a few weeks to see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. If you have not seen the announcement, IAAPA headquarters will be moving its corporate offices to Orlando in the future.

So here's to seeing everyone in a few shorts weeks! Please attend the NJAA Annual Breakfast meeting on Thursday, November 17th at 8:30am in Room N220EFG. Breakfast is served and the meeting starts 9:00am sharp.

As Mickey would say "See you all real soon..."


From the Desk of...

Edward R. McGlynn, Esq. 
Government Affairs Agent For 
The New Jersey Amusement Association

Now that summer is over, and as we head toward IAAPA for our annual breakfast on Thursday November 17, 2016, it is time for an update on what has been happening in Trenton. Fortunately 2016 is a year in which there are not any legislative elections in both the Assembly and Senate except for one or two special elections in districts where either the incumbent Assembly member or Senate member left their office for some particular reason. Next year will be an interesting year as all 80 seats in the Assembly and 40 seats in the Senate will be up for the taking. Additionally, the present Governor is precluded from seeking another term in office, so 2017 will see a gubernatorial race also.
The NJAA had a relatively successful year thus far. As many of you are aware the NJAA became part of a coalition of many associations who joined with the New Jersey Business Industry Association to lobby against the legislation which would have increased the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour over a period of four years. The coalition was not successful in convincing either house of the legislature to not pass this bill as both the Senate President and Assembly Speaker were sponsors of the bill in their respective houses. This was a Democratic initiative and since the Assembly is now controlled by the Democrats with a 50-30 majority; the Senate by a 24-16 Democratic majority the coalition knew we would not be able to stop passage. On a side note, the NJAA continually sought amendments to the legislation to exempt seasonal employees, and other associations sought other amendments seeking other exceptions to the law to no avail. There were no " carve outs" for anyone. However, in order to become law, not only must legislation pass both houses but it must also be signed by the Governor.  The coalition and its individual members were successful in having Governor Christie veto the bill. Since an override of any veto must be done by two thirds of both houses and neither the Assembly nor Senate is controlled by the Democrats by two thirds, the veto was not attempted. So going into 2017 there will not be the increased minimum wage. However, members of the coalition do believe the legislature will try again in 2017 for a constitutional amendment increasing the minimum wage in 2018. The NJAA will continue to try for an exemption for seasonal workers as we move forward.
We continue to attend the meetings of the Legalized Games of Chance Commission held monthly in Newark and we have successfully had a new member join the Commission earlier this year. The new Commissioner is David J. Gruesmeyer of Marmora, New Jersey. Dave is a former Captain in the New Jersey State Police who was the Bureau Commander in the Division of Gaming Enforcement. His background and experience have been an asset to not only the Commission but also to the NJAA. Additionally Commissioner Layman ascended Chairmanship and former Chairman Barrett is now the Commission Secretary. Recently a new Executive Director of Legalized Games came on board and we are establishing an excellent working relationship with him.
Your legal counsel Lary Zucker, Executive Director Kim Samarelli and I attend the CARSAB meetings on a quarterly basis, ( Carnival Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board )
I look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando.


From the Desk of...

Lary I. Zucker
NJAA Legal Counsel


The New Jersey Amusement Association maintains a good working relationship with the officials  in the DCA using three separate channels;  First, the DCA and members of the NJAA attend regular meetings of the Carnival-Amusement Ride Safety Board (CARSAB) where  industry safety issues are reviewed and where new regulations are discussed, amended and approved.  CARSAB also uses subcommittees to discuss specific issues such as updating ASTM standards.  Also, the NJAA and DCA schedule working group meetings where we can exchange ideas and offer feedback on compliance issues and regulations.  Finally, Ed Kim and I can always call a DCA official to discuss a matter of importance or seek clarification of a rule or a ruling.

When regulations are proposed by the DCA that might impact the way our industry does business, the proposal will be submitted to CARSAB for review and approval. In general, the DCA will not finalize a proposed regulation for publication in the New Jersey Register until the CARSAB Board votes its approval.

During the most recent CARSAB Board Meeting on September 15, 2016, the DCA asked CARSAB to consider two regulatory proposals that could impact our operations for the 2017 season.  First, the DCA wants to modify the procedure for allowing mechanical amusement rides to operate on last year's permits before the annual inspection is completed.  The DCA also proposed changes to the service proven ride approval process by requiring documentation on the "environmental conditions" for which the ride was originally designed.  Both proposals were discussed by CARSAB at the September meeting and tabled for further review in a working group meeting.  This meeting will be attended by the NJAA, DCA, OABA, and any other interested party.  It will be scheduled during the week of October 2017.  Please notify Kim Samarelli if you would like to attend.

Both proposals submitted to CARSAB on September 15 have a history.  The proposal to modify the annual  inspection process was first offered by the DCA at the March 10, 2016 CARSAB meeting. The DCA proposed to eliminate entirely  the rule that would allow mechanical rides to operate on last year's permit before the annual inspection. CARSAB did not approve this proposal in March and the DCA revised it and resubmitted it in September.

Under the new version of the  inspection proposal, the outright ban was eliminated but  the DCA gave itself  discretion, on a ride by ride basis,  to approve operation of a ride  under the previous year's permit. The criteria used by the DCA to issue its "approval" is not described in the new proposal, but the department indicated that they would likely give their approval  to rides that were not exposed to the elements during the off season and rides that were not run in jurisdictions outside of New Jersey during the off season.

We will continue to discuss this proposal with the DCA at the upcoming working group meeting.

The DCA also proposed  to  require additional documentation  for service proven rides for both type certification and individual approval.  In both cases, the DCA would be requiring documentation  about the "environmental conditions"  for which the ride was originally designed.  In other words, they want to know if it was designed as an indoor ride or an outdoor ride when first manufactured, whatever that means.  Members of CARSAB pointed out that "environmental conditions" means many things and this proposal will be discussed at the working group meeting.

The agenda for the working group meeting will also include a discussion about updating the ASTM  amusement ride standards adopted in our regulations. The DCA has signaled that they want  the updated standard in New Jersey to be as close as possible to the  most recent versions of the ASTM standards.

I will report on all of these important issues at the NJAA Breakfast meeting at the IAPPA EXPO. See you in Orlando!

Congratulations to the Recipients of the
2016 NJAA Employee Scholarship Program!

Michelle Bilotti
Casino Beach Pier
Currently attending Rutgers University

Makena Smargiassi
Jenkinson's South Beach Arcade 
Currently attending Rutgers University

Gabe Kovacs
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach 
Currently attending Rowan University 

Dakota Kuharich
Morey's Piers Waterpark
Currently attending the University of Tampa

Adam Dewey
Morey's Piers 
Currently attending North Eastern University

Jennifer Holland
Fantasy Island
Currently attending Stockton University 


IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016
the global conference and trade show for the attractions industry.

Expo Location
Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)
North and South Buildings
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL, US

2016 Dates
Conference: Nov. 14 - 18
Trade Show: Nov. 15 - 18 

2016 Trade Show Floor Hours
Tuesday, Nov. 15: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday, Nov. 16: 10am - 6pm
Thursday, Nov. 17: 10am - 6pm
Friday, Nov. 18: 10am - 4pm

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Universal Orlando's Executive Vice President of Resort Operations Richard Costales and Premier Rides' President Jim Seay celebrate the Golden Ticket awarded to Revenge of the Mummy™ 

Baltimore, MD-Amusement Today has announced the winners of its prestigious Golden Ticket Awards which are presented to the "Best of the Best" in the amusement industry.  The awards were presented at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio during the 19th Annual Golden Ticket Awards Ceremony. In the 2016 Amusement Today international poll, experienced park enthusiasts voted Universal Studios Orlando's Revenge of the Mummy™ as the Best Indoor Roller Coaster in the world.  

Richard Costales, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, Universal Orlando Resort, proudly received the award exclaiming, "Number nine in a row! How does that sound?  This is the perfect storm for our resort. Universal's Mark Woodbury and the creative team pulled together a great concept, a great vendor with Premier Rides-who has actually built three of them for us around the world, a great technical services team that maintains the equipment lead by Dave Winslow and Mark Hammerling, and our great  operators lead by Adam Kingsley and Julie Hecht.

Commenting further on the perfect storm, Costales added, "Who doesn't want a roller coaster that delivers 2,000 people per hour and has tremendous up time? The ride is never down...and to that point, I looked back at the records: we put over 70 million people through the attraction - pretty cool!! And worldwide, with our other two Revenge of the Mummy rides, the number is over 130 million people that the ride has put through worldwide.  Once again, thank you very much!"

The Revenge of the Mummy™ has earned the distinction of "the Best", holding this position for nine consecutive years.

Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides remarked, "We are proud that Premier Rides had the opportunity to be a part of the Universal team that produced the Mummy; we have enjoyed working on this technically complex and sophisticated attraction, continuing to support its impressive reliability and are pleased that it continues to garner global acclaim.  We are honored that Universal continues to keep Premier a part of their formula for success and we are thrilled each time we are selected to deliver award-winning attractions to Universal Resorts located both domestically and around the globe."  

The Revenge of the Mummy™ attraction plunges guests into total darkness as they face fireballs, scarab beetles, and an army of warrior mummies on a psychological thrill ride, unlike anything else. This highly-themed attraction uses the latest technologies such as magnetic propulsion systems, high speed track switches and show elements to create the ultimate guest experience. It's no wonder this combination of the thrill of a coaster, the fear of darkness and breath-taking interactive scenes continues to earn the distinction of Best Indoor Coaster. Fans of Revenge of the Mummy™ can also experience The Revenge of the Mummy™, at Universal Studios Singapore.  A variation of this award-winning layout can also be enjoyed at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Parks & Resorts (UPR), a unit of Comcast Corporation's NBCUniversal, encompasses today's most relevant and popular entertainment experiences, creating emotional connections with guests around the world. Each year, millions of guests visit Universal theme parks to experience thrilling, world-famous attractions based on popular culture's most compelling stories and characters. With three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg as creative consultant, Universal has created attractions that use ground-breaking technology to deliver experiences that cannot be found anywhere else.

NBCUniversal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news, sports and entertainment networks; Universal Studios, a premier motion picture company; significant television production operations; a leading television stations group; and world-renowned theme parks.

Premier Rides is best known for its high-tech magnetic launch roller coasters.  The company is also a global supplier of traditional roller coasters, observation wheels, towers, water rides and custom designed attractions. Premier's service division offers engineering support, complete ride and train rehab, and it maintains and offers spare parts supply on a 24-hour emergency basis. The company is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and has additional U.S., European, and Asian offices. For more information, please visit www.premier-rides.com or call +1-410-923-0414.

For more information on Revenge of the Mummy™ at Universal Studios Orlando, please visit https://www.universalorlando.com/Rides/Universal-Studios-Florida/Revenge-Of-Mummy-Roller-Coaster.aspx.

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Technical Director Anssi Tamminen, Linnanmäki and Marketing Coordinator Joanna Guy, Premier Rides celebrate the European Star Awards at PortAventura World

Barcelona, Spain- Premier Rides, a global supplier of high caliber innovative theme park attractions, garnered international acclaim during the prestigious 5th annual European Star Awards which recognized two of Premier Rides' installations in the categories of "Best Water Rides" and "Best Roller Coasters" in Europe.  

The awards recognize entrepreneurship, courage and innovation within the European theme park industry. A panel of international experts reviewed attractions spanning across Europe, including Turkey and Russia, to select the best of the best.  

The award ceremony, organized by the independent trade journal Kirmes Park & Revue, was hosted by PortAventura World Barcelona, Spain. Here it was revealed that Linnanmäki's "Vonkaputous" located in Helsinki, Finland was honored as one of Europe's best water rides and "Sky Scream", located at Holiday Park in Hassloch, Germany, as one of Europe's best steel coasters for 2016.

Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides, commented, "We are proud to be recognized by the highly experienced voting panel of the European Star Awards. Linnanmäki is a very special amusement park that uses amazing creativity to take advantage of its unique topography. Vonkaputous, with its combination of a fun coaster and great water interaction is a perfect example of their creativity and vision. It was a pleasure to work with their talented staff, and we are honored to be a part of Linnanmäki's formula for success."

Pia Adlivankin, Managing Director of Linnanmäki Amusement Park in Helsinki, Finland, added, "All of us at Linnanmäki Amusement Park are honored to receive another European Star Award for Vonkaputous. The Premier Rides team has been great to work with and we are pleased to have found such a partner in the industry."

With regard to the roller coaster, Seay commented, "The Plopsa Group and Holiday Park team continue to provide a first-class theme park experience. Everyone at Premier Rides enjoys working with their team, and appreciates that Sky Scream is so incredibly popular with the guests."  

The ride has been a spectacular success for Holiday Park Germany, drawing a record-number of coaster enthusiasts and thrill-seekers to the park since its opening in 2014. Guests have traveled from both near and far to enjoy the high-adrenaline thrill of Sky Scream. The ride won a European Star Award in 2014 in the category of Best New Rides, and in 2015 in the category of Best Steel Coasters.

Steve Van den Kerkhof, CEO of Plopsa Group commented, "We are very pleased and honored that Sky Scream at Holiday Park is once again recognized as one of the best roller coasters in Europe. The ride we developed with Premier Rides continues to be very popular with our guests."

The zombie-themed launch coaster is not for the faint of heart. The magnetic technology allows the ride vehicle to be launched forward, then in reverse, then forward again even faster. It features a twisting heart line inversion, ascending and descending twists, two vertical rolls and a non-inverting loop.

The European Star Awards are presented annually at the Euro Attractions Show, an IAAPA conference and trade show featuring over 410 exhibitors and more than 100 products and services. The European Star Awards are bestowed upon recipients by Kirmes Park & Revue, Europe's leading trade magazine. The European Star Awards boast 11 categories and are dedicated explicitly to rewarding high levels of innovation and superior design in the European theme park industry.

Premier Rides is best known for its high-tech magnetic launch roller coasters. The company is also a global supplier of traditional roller coasters, observation wheels, towers, water rides and custom designed attractions. Premier's service division offers engineering support, complete ride and train rehab, and it maintains and offers spare parts supply on a 24-hour emergency basis. The company is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and has additional U.S., European, and Asian offices. For more information, please visit www.premier-rides.com or call +1-410-923-0414.

Plopsa is the theme-park business division of Studio 100. Plopsa currently operates three parks in Belgium, Plopsaland De Panne, Plopsa Indoor Hasselt and Plopsa Coo; one park in the Netherlands, Plopsa Indoor Coevorden and the adventure park, Holiday Park located in Germany. The parks unite the Studio 100 characters and a variety of attractions under one roof. At the parks, visitors can enjoy the popular Studio 100 characters such as the Gnome Plop, Samson & Gert and their friends Mega Mindy, Pirate Pete, Bumba and others.
Holiday Park is located in the city Hassloch, in southwestern Germany. On average the park receives 1.1 million visitors per year. For more information, please visit www.plopsa.be

In terms of number of rides, Linnanmäki is the biggest amusement park in the Nordic countries offering something for everyone, from the wild and crazy to the nice and easy. Linnanmäki has been entertaining families since 1950.  Admission to the amusement park is free, and the panorama sightseeing tower offering a lovely view over Helsinki can also be accessed free of charge. The park offers 43 rides, 13 restaurants, shops, SEA LIFE, and versatile entertainment.   Linnanmäki is located only 2.5 km from the Helsinki Railway Station. Linnanmäki Amusement Park is maintained and developed by the Children's Day Foundation, a significant contributor to Finnish child welfare work. The Children's Day Foundation thanks each and every visitor to Linnanmäki for helping to support the important work we do for child welfare.  Further information: www.linnanmaki.fi

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Rich Allen (left) congratulates Tim Timco (right) on Timco's new position as President and CEO of S&S Worldwide.

LOGAN, UT - September 2, 2016 - Under the leadership of long-time CEO Rich Allen, S&S Worldwide, Inc. ("S&S") has experienced tremendous growth and success, including the recent groundbreaking for a large, new
facility that will increase productivity and efficiency throughout the company.

Allen will now be retiring as CEO after nearly twenty years of service and after taking the company from an exciting enterprise with primarily one product (tower rides) to a global corporation that has quadrupled its former size and become the largest U.S. manufacturer of roller coasters and thrill rides.

Tim Timco, currently serving as President of S&S, has accepted the position of President and CEO. In his new position, Timco will be responsible to evaluate and advise the Board of Directors on the impact of the company's strategic plans, ensure that the company is consistently represented in a strong positive image, introduce new programs and strategies to provide solutions to business challenges, and lead the planning process for the continuing growth and development of S&S. Timco joined SS in 2013, was promoted to the role of Vice President, Sales and Marketing in 2014, and was promoted again to President in 2015. From his executive sales position, Timco has contributed to the development of the company's global growth and he has been a leader in charting the course for its corporate direction in his role as President.

Jason Mons (formerly Executive Vice President) has been promoted to the position of COO at S&S. Mons will be responsible to develop and direct the management of the general operations of the company. Mons will participate in formulating and administering company policies to improve productivity, ensure cost efficiency, and he will implement processes and systems to generate higher productivity and profits, as well as ensuring compliance with company needs for capital investments and improvement projects. Since joining S&S in 2004, Mons has had considerable influence on the operational success of S&S.

Gerald Ryan, an employee of S&S since 1996, has accepted the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Ryan will be responsible to develop sales and marketing programs and systems to support the strategic direction of the company and to align international business plans with organizational objectives. In this role, Ryan will develop annual marketing and sales plans, direct the implementation and execution of those plans, and oversee and direct market research efforts and new business affiliations. Ryan will also serve as a member of the Executive Management Committee.

Preston Perkes, who has been with S&S for ten years, has accepted the position of Director, Project Management and Ride Services. In this new role, Perkes will be responsible for the guidance of Project Management, Customer Service, Technical Support, and Ride Installation. Perkes and his team will oversee all aspects of complex amusement ride projects from inception to conclusion, as well as customer support for the hundreds of S&S rides operating in over 30 countries.

Roger Mann, CPA, was recently hired by S&S as CFO, replacing Mike Bassett. Mann brings many years of manufacturing accounting experience and will continue to develop systems and processes that will support and contribute to the company's success.

Tim Timco, President and CEO, said the combined knowledge and talent of this new management team, with the assistance and support of the company's other seasoned managers will "provide increased leadership internally and externally, all toward the achievement of our long-range business objectives. With the 
amazing, talented team at S&S, the company's organizational growth and business success can only continue."
Contact: Kathy Archer, S&S Worldwide, Inc.
Phone: 435-752-1987, x3107
Email: karcher@engineeringexcitement.com

Website: http://www.engineeringexcitement.com/

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S&S to Build Triple Tower Complex  
at Hersheypark

LOGAN, Utah - (August 3, 2016): S&S Worldwide, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Hersheypark, owned and operated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts(HE&R) of Hershey, PA, to build and install a triple tower complex, called Hershey Triple Tower™, that will include one 12-Seat Double ShotTower (80'), one 16-Seat Double Shot Tower (131'), and one 20-Seat ComboTower (189'). Hersheypark will be the first amusement facility in the country with three towers at different heights. Each tower provides a different ride experience with varying heights, thrill levels and speeds.

HE&R is a world-class entertainment and hospitality company founded by Milton Hershey and is proud to help fulfill the dream of their founder, Milton S. Hershey, by providing value to Milton Hershey School, the largest home and school in the world, as it continues to provide opportunities for children in need.

S&S Worldwide, the largest U.S. manufacturer of major amusement rides and roller coasters, has been manufacturing air-launched rides since 1994. The company has installed over 450 rides and roller coasters in 30 countries, including over 160 tower rides. Gerald Ryan, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for S&S Worldwide said, "The staggered heights and various seating configurations that Hersheypark has chosen is unique and has never been done before. We are excited about the visual impact it will have on their park and the options it will provide riders. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Hersheypark and know that S&S's proven tower technology will be a great addition to the park's ride selection." This triple tower project is projected to open April 2017.

Peter Barto, Director of Sales for North America and Europe added that "S&S is thrilled to have an opportunity to partner with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts and play a role in supporting the Milton S. Hershey School and to help carry on the legacy established by Mr. Hershey."

For more information, please contact:
sales@engineeringexcitement.com or visit the company's website, www.engineeringexcitement.com

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 A Division of H. Betti Industries, Inc.

Betson Enterprises Holds "Team Summit"

September 28, 2016 (Carlstadt, NJ)
- Betson Enterprises, a division of H. Betti Industries Inc., the leading provider of location based entertainment equipment solutions, hosted its first Betson Team Sales Summit, in St. Charles, Illinois. For two full days, Betson's sales, marketing and finance staff gathered to learn, discuss and share new strategies to better service and meet the needs of today's evolving customer.

The event focused on sales tool technology training, best practices and new product education. In addition to keynote presentations, highlighted by Raw Thrills President Eugene Jarvis, attendees participated in workshops, breakout sessions and enjoyed downtime with each other. The event was held at Pheasant Run Resort to coincide with the AAMA Gala.

"With 14 offices nationwide, we don't always have the opportunity to have our entire team in one place," said Jonathan Betti, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The AAMA Gala afforded us the opportunity to meet as a group as well as introduce more of our organization to the fantastic work the AAMA does for our industry, especially in support of charity."

About Betson Enterprises
Since 1934, Betson Enterprises is the industry leader in providing profitable location based amusement, vending, audio visual, parts and service solutions for customers. Betson offers consultative resources for new and existing customers interested in increasing revenue for their business. Betson Enterprises is a division of H. Betti Industries and is headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey with 14 distribution offices nationwide.

For more information contact us at (800) 524-2343, visit us at www.betson.com or email info@betson.com.

For media inquiries, contact Brian Murphy at (201) 806-7744 or via email at bmurphy@betson.com

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A Division of H. Betti Industries, Inc.

Brian Conway Joins Betson Enterprises as Amusement Sales Consultant to Support the Expanding Family Entertainment Center Market

August 30, 2016 (Carlstadt, NJ) - Betson Enterprises, the leading distributor of location based equipment solutions, is pleased to announce Brian Conway has joined the company as an Amusement Sales Consultant. Brian will focus on developing customer relationships in the Midwest as well as consulting on a national level.   

"Brian brings a vast background of family entertainment center experience." Said Bob Dipipi, National Sales Director. "His first-hand knowledge of building and operating multi-revenue stream family entertainment facilities will be significant as Betson continues to deliver new services to meet the demands of the ever evolving marketplace."

Brian has over 25 years of management experience in sales and operations. He previously worked for Revel and Roll where he spearheaded the transformation of the iconic bowling center into a modern family entertainment complex. He also worked at Dave and Busters and Lucky Strike where he was intimately involved with the amusement experience and culture.

"Brian's expertise will be instrumental in working with new and existing customers to help them understand the costs, challenges and rewards associated with transforming an existing facility into a well-rounded family entertainment experience." added Jon Betti, Vice President of Sales and Business Development.

"I am honored to be part of the team and look forward to working with our clients to enhance their locations." said Brian. "Betson is well-known for providing innovative products and services. I look forward to building upon that success."

Brian will be based in the mid-west out of Michigan and can be reached at (313) 608-1160 or email bconway@betson.com


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The classic arcade game is back!

Raw Thrills™ introduces Cruis'n Blast™, their first arcade exclusive release.

The legendary Cruis'n™ series of driving games debuted in the '90's with the arcade smash and Nintendo 64™ launch title Cruis'n USA™.  Cruis'n USA thrilled the world with amazing 3D realism and casual arcade fun, setting new records for income and operator ROI.  Followed by Cruis'n World™, and Cruis'n Exotica™, the Cruis'n series sold over 70,000 arcade driving machines, grossing over $8 Billion worldwide.

"With the resurging millennial arcade scene and unprecedented player demand, the time was right for a new Cruis'n game." Eugene Jarvis, Raw Thrills President and creator of the Cruis'n series, stated.

Cruis'n Blast, developed by the crack Raw Thrills studio team, takes Cruis'n into the new millennium as players zoom 200 mph through the bustle of London, blast through the exotic wonders of Madagascar, celebrate Carnival in Rio,  amaze to the hi tech splendor of Singapore, and drive an earth-shaking thriller through Death Valley.  Every track is packed with speed thrills, exploding scenery, and extreme special FX. In tune with the times, players race in an immersive cockpit simulator loaded with HD supercomputer graphics and immersive effects. The Thrill-D Blaster™ sound system recreates the sound of an actual race, backed by a pumping soundtrack that is a staple of the Cruis'n experience.

Key features include:

* NEW! Dramatic enclosed cockpit cabinet with fully immersive Thrill-D Blaster™ sound

* NEW! BLAST™ turbo boost for truly insane speed!

* Awesome supercars including Lamborghini Veneno™, Nissan GTR™, Corvette Z06™, and more.

*43" 1080p HD LED TV

*Mind-bending color FX from over 1000 Vibrant RGD LED's

*State of the art GTX 750 Ti Nvidia supercomputer HD graphics

*NEW!  Link up to 8 games for massive multiplayer action

Cruis'n Blast will be available January 2017. Please contact your Raw Thrills distributor or sales@rawthrills.com for more information.

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The NJAA is a pro-active organization, identifying concerns, while working for the safety, health and overall economic betterment of the amusement industry.

If you have any questions or concerns, we can always be contacted at 732-240-0000 or njaa40plus@aol.com .

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Kimberle Samarelli
Executive Director 
New Jersey Amusement Association