NJAA Special Announcements
February 2016   
 

2015-2016
   
NJAA Officers
 
President
Scott Simpson

1st Vice President
Angelo Cappetta

Treasurer/Secretary
William Gehlhaus

Executive Director
Kimberle R Samarelli

Legal Counsel
Lary I. Zucker

Government Relations
Edward R. McGlynn


2016  
Industry Events
 
February 

21st Annual NJAA
East Coast Gift & Variety Show
Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
Load-in: Wed., Feb. 17th
Trade Show:
February 18th & 19th

NJAA 8th Annual East Coast/Mid Atlantic NAARSO Training 
Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
Wednesday - Friday
February 17th - 19th


March

 2016 New JerseyTourism Conference 
Resorts Casino Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ
March 3 - 4, 2016

  
May

NJAA 57th Annual Dinner Dance
Honoree - TBD
Location - TBD
Monday, May 9, 2016


September

NJAA 19th Annual
Fritz Rolle Legacy
Golf Outing
Sea Oaks Golf Club
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Tues., Sept. 20, 2016


November

NJAA Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting
IAAPA Expo
Orlando, Florida
Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016





Kaufman Zita Group and Ed McGlynn:
Perfect Together!

--Former Chief of Staff to Gov. Tom Kean Brings Lifetime of Public Affairs Experience to
Top Lobbying Shop--

mcglynn

Adam Kaufman and Trish Zita, principals of Kaufman Zita Group (KZG), announced today that Edward R. McGlynn, Esq. has joined the firm as Senior Counsel for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. McGlynn was Chief of Staff to Governor Thomas H. Kean from 1985 to 1990. Prior to joining KZG, McGlynn operated his own consulting firm, ERM Government Affairs.

"Ed McGlynn is a name that is widely known and even more respected in New Jersey. We're excited that he's chosen to join our team and eager to put his lifetime of experience to work on behalf of our clients," said Kaufman.

"There really is no substitute for experience and Ed's reputation, integrity and insight are a great addition to our firm. Having run the Governor's Office and managed state government, Ed's help developing strategies that impact outcomes will be invaluable to our clients," Zita said.

McGlynn's clients - which include the NJ Amusement Association, The Kintock Group, and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of NJ - will join KZG's already impressive roster of Fortune 500 companies, labor organizations, trade groups, hospitals, and others. "Adam and Trish have built an outstanding team known for doing their homework, thinking outside the box and getting the job done. I've always worked to deliver real value to my clients and KZG takes that very same approach. To borrow a phrase from my good friend Governor Tom Kean, we're 'perfect together!'"

McGlynn began his career in state government in 1982 as Special Assistant Deputy Attorney General and became one of the longest serving Governor's Chief of Staff after holding the post for Kean's entire second term. After leaving government, he practiced law at Robinson, St. John & Wayne, provided public affairs and lobbying services at the Alman Group, and served on numerous boards and commissions including The State House Commission, The Board of Trustees of McKendree University (his alma mater in Lebanon, Illinois), Meridian Health System's Government Affairs, Health Resources, and Nursing & Rehabilitation Boards, and the New Jersey Racing Commission where he was appointed by Governor Whitman and reappointed by Governors Codey and McGreevey.

He will continue to serve as the General Counsel to Jenkinson's Boardwalk and their related entities, a position he has held since 1992.

For more information on Kaufman Zita Group, visit www.kaufmanzitagroup.com


Contact: Trish Zita 
Phone: 609-530-1234
Email: pzita@kzgrp.com

The Offices at Trenton Junction
400 Sullivan Way
West Trenton, NJ 08628
P: 609.530.1234
F: 609.530.0110
Email: info@kzgrp.com

 

2016 New Jersey Conference on Tourism
March 3 & 4, 2016
Resorts Casino Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ

 

For more information, visit: http://njtia.org/
 
 



Lou Larson Departs Betson Enterprises


Betson Enterprises, a Division of H. Betti Industries, Inc. has announced that Betson Distributing's Pittsburgh Branch Manager Lou Larson is leaving the company after a successful 22 year career to pursue an opportunity in the gaming industry.

Bob Geschine, president of H. Betti Industries stated, "Lou has been an integral part of Betson's success in the Pittsburgh market over the last 22 years, representing the interests of both Betson and the loyal customers in the Pittsburgh area. We would like to thank him for his dedication and hard work, and wish him continued success in his new and exciting career in the gaming industry".

Going forward Betson will continue to provide full service to the customers in the Pittsburgh market led by a solid team of dedicated long term employees.

Following is the contact information for our Betson Pittsburgh office:

AMUSEMENT SALES:
Nick Sarioglou: 800-296-4100 x94514 nsarioglou@betson.com

David Surma: 800-858-2705 x94106 dsurma@betson.com

Kevin Bergen: 800-524-2343 x93343 kbergen@betson.com

VENDING SALES:
Lee Ivory: 800-858-2705 x94105
FINANCIAL SERVICES:
Kevin Bergen: 800-524-2343 x93343  kbergen@betson.com

PARTS SALES:
Amy Ellis: 800-858-2705 x94111
aellis@betson.com

SERVICE:
David Surma   800-828-2705 x94106
dsurma@betson.com


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Betson Opens
Charlotte, North Carolina Facility

Betson Enterprises, a division of H. Betti Industries Inc. is proud to announce the opening of a new facility located in Charlotte, North Carolina. This new office is located at the former Choice Equipment Sales, Inc. location, 2701 Hutchinson McDonald Road, Suite M, Charlotte, North Carolina.

The 12,000 square foot facility will serve as Betson's primary vending equipment reconditioning and distribution center.  This expansion will allow Betson Enterprises to better service their customers as business continues to grow.

"We look forward to expanding our sales efforts into an already established Southeastern vending market as well as serving our current customer base better out of this dedicated facility", commented Christopher Betti, National Vending Sales Manager of Betson Enterprises.

 
For more information regarding this location, contact Christopher Betti at 201-806-7728 or email him at cbetti@betson.com


About Betson Enterprises: Since 1934, Betson Enterprises has been the industry leader in providing profitable location based vending and amusement equipment solutions for our customers.   Betson offers consultative resources for new and existing customers interested in increasing revenue for their businesses.

Betson Enterprises is a division of H.Betti Industries and is headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Betson has 14 distribution offices nationwide focused on the sales, financing, parts and service of vending and amusement equipment.

For more information on Betson Enterprises, visit www.betson.com, email us at info@betson.com or just call 1-800-524-2343.

 



S&S to Build Tower Rides for Wanda Group Parks
 
 S&S Worldwide, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed contracts with the Wanda Group to build and install a 16-Seat Combo Tower at their Wuxi Wanda park and 12-Seat Double Towers at their Guangzhou Wanda park.
 
Wanda Cultural Industry Group is reportedly China's largest cultural enterprise, with operations in commercial property, department stores, luxury hotels, and culture/tourism, which includes cinemas, film and television production, and both indoor and outdoor theme parks.
 
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 said, "The tower rides will be a great addition to both parks. S&S has proven its tower technology and know that Wanda will be very pleased with the product that is delivered." The Wuxi Wanda tower is projected to open in March 2018. The Guangzhou Wanda towers are projected to open August 2018.
 
Ryan added, "S&S appreciates the great relationship that has been built over the years with Wanda. We are excited to begin these new projects and hope to continue working with the Wanda Group on their expansions throughout China."
 
For more information, please contact sales@engineeringexcitement.com or visit the company's website, www.engineeringexcitement.com.

  



XL Group plc Announces Completion of Allied International Holdings, Inc. Acquisition


Dublin, Ireland - February 1, 2016 - XL Group plc ("XL") (NYSE: XL) announced today that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, XL Reinsurance America Inc., has completed the acquisition of Allied International Holdings, Inc. ("Allied"), the holding company of Allied Specialty Insurance, Inc. and T.H.E. Insurance Company, a leading insurer of the outdoor entertainment industry in the U.S.

XL CEO Mike McGavick said: "We're pleased to officially welcome our Allied colleagues to XL Catlin. Their underwriting expertise in this niche specialty risk business along with their exceptional client service further enhances our ability as a leading provider of specialty insurance and reinsurance to meet the ever evolving needs of clients in the entertainment industry."

T.H.E. Insurance Company, which had approximately $70 million of gross written premium in 2014, provides general liability, workers comp, inland marine, auto-liability, and certain property insurance to clients in the amusement and entertainment industry, including carnivals, amusement parks, fairs and festivals, hot air balloons, fireworks, concessionaires, family entertainment centers and waterparks. The privately held company was founded in 1983 and has an AM Best A- rating.

"We're proud to be an official part of XL Catlin," said Mary Chris Smith, Chairman and President of Allied Specialty Insurance, Inc. "Given the success of Allied and XL Catlin's individual track records in the specialty underwriting area, we are confident that together this is a winning combination for Allied, XL Catlin and our clients."

About Allied: Allied is the leading provider of property and casualty insurance coverage for the amusement and entertainment industry through its specialty insurance company, T.H.E. Insurance Company, its specialty insurance agency, Allied Specialty Insurance, Inc. and its independent brokerage channel. Allied's 3,000 clients include carnivals, concessionaires, amusement parks, waterparks, fairs and festivals, firework events and family entertainment centers.

About XL Group plc: XL Group plc (NYSE:XL), through its subsidiaries and under the XL Catlin brand, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. To learn more, visit www.xlcatlin.com.


Contact:

David Radulski
Investor Relations
(203) 964-3470

Carol Parker Trott
Media Relations
(441) 294-7290

XL House
8 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone +353 (0)1 400 5500
Fax +353 (0)1 405 2033
 

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Sincerely,

Kimberle Samarelli
Executive Director 
New Jersey Amusement Association