NJAA Newsletter
September 2015   

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


ASTM International
F24 Meeting
San Diego, CA
October 14 - 17, 2015

Annual Symposium & Trade Show
Palm Springs, Ca
Show Dates:
October 20-23, 2015
Trade Show Dates: October 21 & 22, 2015

Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
Nov. 16 - 20, 2015

NJAA Annual Membership
Breakfast Meeting
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
Room & Time TBA

Annual Convention
Paris Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov. 29 - Dec. 3, 2015
Thank You!


The NJAA wishes to extend its gratitude to all of the sponsors and attendees for coming out and supporting the NJAA 18th Annual Fritz Rolle Legacy Golf Outing and Give Kids The World! 

This bench was dedicated to my Dad and will be displayed at Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. A donation box will be placed next to the bench and all the proceeds collected throughout next summer will be donated to Give Kids The World in Fritzy's memory.

As you can see by all the smiles,  
everyone had a wonderful time!

Collage of Pictures 

Top Left: Most Honest Award (L to R) Patty Bennett; Pamela Landwirth, President of GKTW; and Samantha Samarelli

Center: Bench dedicated to Frederick J. "Fritz" Rolle III

Top Right: Ladies and Gentlemen, start your golf carts!

Middle Right: Golf Event Banner

Lower Left (L to R): NJAA Executive Director, Kimberle Rolle Samarelli; Patty Bennett; and Samantha Samarelli

Center: A few awards awaiting presentation

Lower Right: First Place Women (L to R) Helen Stewart; Alayna Whelan; Sharon Franz and Barbara Whelan


Congratulations to the 2015 NJAA Employee Scholarship Program Recipients!
The New Jersey Amusement Association is proud to announce the winners of their 26th Annual Scholarship Awards! Each year the Association awards scholarships to qualified applicants who are matriculated at or will be matriculated at an accredited college or university.

Our First recipient is Emma Mantell who worked for Action Park, Vernon, NJ.  She is attending college at Kean University.

Our Second recipient is Lauren Phillip who worked at Kohr's Frozen Custard-The Original, Seaside Heights, NJ.  She is attending college at Rowan University.

Our Third recipient is Cristen Whittaker  who has worked at Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, Wildwood, NJ.  Cristen is attending University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Our Fourth recipient is Miranda Logan who has worked at Action Park, Vernon, NJ.  Miranda is attending Loyola University Maryland.

Our Fifth recipient is Damen Tomassi who worked at Gillian's Wonderland Pier, Ocean City, N.J. Damen is attending Rowan University.

Our Sixth recipient is Karla Goldberg who was employed with Central Pier Arcade & Raceway, Atlantic City, NJ. Karla is attending Rowan University.

Scholarships were awarded at the NJAA 18th Annual Fritz Rolle Legacy Golf Outing and three of the six recipients were able to attend with their families.

Cristen Whittaker
The Whittaker Family

Damen Tomassi
Damen with his mom, Pamela

Karla Goldberg
Karla with mom, Patti and brother Jay

Recipients unable to attend:

Emma Mantell
Lauren Phillip
Miranda Logan

Congratulations to all the winners!

Industry News

ASTM International 2015 Cavanaugh Award Honors Jim Seay of Premier Rides

W. Conshohocken, Pa., Sept. 17, 2015 - Jim Seay, president of Premier Rides Inc., an amusement ride manufacturer in Baltimore, Maryland, is a recipient of the prestigious ASTM International 2015 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Seay was honored for his extraordinary contributions to the field of international voluntary standards for the amusement industry.

 L-R: Jim Seay, President, Premier Rides, Inc. and Jim Thomas, President, ASTM International

The Cavanaugh Memorial Award commemorates W. T. Cavanaugh, chief executive officer of ASTM from 1970 to 1985, who firmly established ASTM International as the world leader in the development and dissemination of voluntary consensus standards.

L-R: Greg Hale, Vice President and Chief Safety Officer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Jim Seay, President, Premier Rides, Inc.; Jim Pattison, Jr., President, Ripley Entertainment
A member and past chairman of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, Seay has promoted the use, application, harmonization and adoption of ASTM amusement standards around the world. The committee maintains a strong international membership because of his efforts, which have contributed to the voluntary global use of ASTM standards for safer amusement attractions in countries all over the world. His contributions have also helped promote F24's responsive development of standards for newer attractions such as ziplines and trampoline parks in recent years. Seay has been an ASTM member since 1989.

A graduate of Cornell University, where he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Seay did graduate studies at California State University Long Beach. He was an aerospace engineer at Hughes Aircraft and then an engineering and maintenance executive at Six Flags Theme Parks Inc., before joining Premier Rides Inc. in 1995 as executive vice president of engineering. He was named president the following year. A designer and manufacturer of roller coasters and other amusement rides and attractions, Premier Rides has worked with some of the largest theme park companies, including Six Flags, Universal Studios and Disney. Seay leads a global team of ride design, operation and maintenance professionals who have helped create and introduce magnetically launched roller coasters and the world's tallest looping coaster, among many other accomplishments.

Seay has testified before the U.S. Congress during a review of the effectiveness of the U.S. standards system, and is a frequent speaker at amusement industry events all over the world. A member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), he serves on the IAAPA Foundation Board of Directors and as well as its Government Relations and Safety Committees. He received the prestigious IAAPA Lifetime Service Award in 2013 for his long-term industry achievements and dedication.

Outside ASTM, Seay is a member of the AIMS International Board which provides the largest industry safety seminar in the world, the Themed Entertainment Association, the National Safety Council, the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and the New Jersey Amusement Association. He also serves on a number of philanthropic Boards such as the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland.

Helping our world work better

Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use - from the toy in a child's hand to the aircraft overhead.

Working across borders, disciplines, and industries we harness the expertise of over 30,000 members to create consensus and improve performance in manufacturing and materials, products and processes, systems and services. Understanding commercial needs and consumer priorities, we touch every part of everyday life: helping our world work better.

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Two Alloy Silverstein CPAs Recognized as

"30 Under 30" in New Jersey

(Cherry Hill, NJ) Alloy Silverstein, a premier Southern New Jersey accounting and advisory firm with offices in Cherry Hill and Hammonton, is honored to congratulate two CPA professionals selected to the New Jersey Society of CPAs' (NJCPA) 30 Under 30 list for 2015:

* Reynold P. Cicalese III, CPA, MST, a Marlton, NJ resident and Manager at the firm.

* Christopher R. Cicalese, CPA, MSTFP, a Medford, NJ resident and Semi-Senior Accountant at the firm.

Christopher R. Cicalese, CPA, MSTFP 

The NJCPA selected this elite group of influential young professionals because of their impact on the accounting profession, leadership within the NJCPA, and participation in philanthropic activities.

Ren, a 2009 graduate of Rutgers University-Camden and 2010 graduate of Philadelphia University, is a two-time recipient of this statewide honor, having previously been named a 30 Under 30 in the NJCPA's 2011 list of emerging leaders. As a Manager at the firm, Ren is a proactive accountant and advisor to his clients, which include manufacturers, wineries, and professional service providers. He serves as a Director for the Southwest Jersey Chapter of the NJCPA and coordinates the firm's annual fall food drive, sponsored by the NJCPA Young CPAs Council.

Chris is a 2011 graduate of Rutgers University-Camden and 2012 graduate of Widener University. His specialties at the firm include solving the tax issues for professional athletes, family entertainment centers, and other businesses in the amusement and hospitality industry. He participates in the NJCPA's Pay it Forward program by speaking about the accounting profession to high school students. He previously authored "The Tax Implications of Disaster" for the Society's New Jersey CPA Magazine. Chris is active in several local charitable initiatives each year and serves as a volunteer Community Funding Reviewer for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

The full list of the NJCPA's 30 Under 30 is published in the September/October 2015 issue of New Jersey CPA Magazine.

Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford, Cicalese, Wilson & Co., one of the largest accounting and advisory firms with offices in the Greater Philadelphia Region, has been providing individuals and businesses of our South Jersey community with responsible solutions to their financial concerns since 1959. Our wide range of services includes accounting, auditing, tax planning and preparation, business process outsourcing, management consulting, ALTA Best Practices compliance, financial and estate planning, business valuations, litigation support, payroll processing, and information technology consulting.

Manufacturing Employer Summit Held
Ocean County College

Wednesday, September 30th
5:00 - 7:30 PM

5th Floor Meeting Room

Gateway Building (#101)
Toms River, NJ

Admission is Free

TOMS RIVER - Manufacturing employers are invited to attend a Manufacturing Employer Summit at Ocean County College on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., 5th Floor Meeting Room, Gateway Building (#101), Toms River, NJ.  Admission is free.

Ocean County College, Brookdale Community College, Lakewood Development Corporation, ManufactureNJ Talent Network, NJ Manufacturing Extension Program, and Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools have developed a partnership to collectively work to help Ocean and Monmouth County manufacturers develop a highly-trained manufacturing workforce.

The Manufacturing Employer Summit will feature a panel of employers including:

*Guest Speaker Brian Neuwirth, President Unex Corp.;
*Moderator Ian Trammel, Executive Director, MechaForce;
*Michael Donahue, Corporate Human Resources Manager, Viking Yachts;
*Michael Kolibas, President, Komo Machine;
*Terri Bower, Human Resource Manager, PL Custom Body;
*Andrew Davidson, Vice President, Advanced Products, LLC, Manufacturer of Structural Railing Systems;
*Frank Robinson, First Vice President, NJ Business & Industry Association.

With audience participation, discussion will focus on what employers' needs are and what types of training employees must have.  Employers will have the opportunity to collect information on how they can receive funding, for hiring new employees and interns, which comes out of workforce programs.  Attendees will also learn about free training courses available to company employees, and management consulting on how to be efficient, profitable and globally competitive.

For information, contact Michael Forcella, Manager of Business Engagement, Ocean County College, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2157, or mforcella@ocean.edu.

To register, visit:
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Additional Information was just received regarding the above invitation

Dear Ocean/Monmouth County Employer:

As follow-up to our invitation to attend a Free Manufacturing Employer Summit at Ocean County College on Wednesday, September 30th, please take a few minutes to complete an Ocean-Monmouth County Manufacturers' Needs Survey.

Access survey here:
Your feedback will be incredibly valuable to strengthen workforce development programs related to the manufacturing sector.

The purpose of this survey is to understand the labor skill needs of local manufacturers, so that our new partnership - consisting of Ocean County College, Brookdale Community College, ManufactureNJ Talent Network, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the NJ Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), the NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), Lakewood Development Corporation, and local Chambers of Commerce - can best develop training programs that will maximize their benefit to this key regional industry.

The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes. All responses are strictly confidential. We do ask a few questions about the organization to better analyze the survey results.

The results of this survey will be presented at the Ocean County Manufacturing Employer Summit to be held on September 30, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm,5th Floor Meeting Room, Gateway Building (#101), Toms River, NJ.

To register for this event and get more details, click on
For information, contact Michael Forcella, Manager of Business Engagement, Ocean County College, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2157, or mforcella@ocean.edu.

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.

For valuable resources, recent news and up-to-date information, visit us at: 


Kimberle Samarelli
Executive Director 
New Jersey Amusement Association