AAMA Passed out Hardware to the Winners of Manufacturer, Distributor and Supplier of the Year, Life Time Achievement Award Recipient and their New, FEC of the Year at Last Week’s Amusement Expo International

Elk Grove Village, IL – March 8, 2018 – The American Amusement Machine Association announced the winners of their annual awards including the new AAMA FEC Operator of the Year on Wednesday, February 28 at the Amusement Expo International in Las Vegas.

About the Awards

AAMA has been recognizing organizations and individuals for outstanding achievement for many years. This year, they added an award for FEC of the Year. The criteria for each award require these winners be exceptional and stand out from their peers in ways that inspire and contribute to the people they do business with and the communities they operate in.

And the Envelopes…

AAMA FEC of the Year – Pinstacks, Los Colinas, TX

PINSTACK is Las Colinas’ premier venue for indoor family activities. From state-of-the-art bowling lanes to its unique LED Rock Climbing Wall, PINSTACK has indoor games for the whole family. The one-of-a- kind indoor family activity venue features a full-service restaurant offering a chef-inspired menu featuring local and regional cuisine, a full bar and a private dining area.

AAMA Manufacturer of the Year – Bay Tek Games, Pulaski, WI

Bay Tek Games was founded in 1977 and is a family owned and operated business that is driven to provide fun and profit through innovative ticket redemption games. Headquartered in the

heart of the Midwest, Pulaski, Wisconsin is home to Bay Tek Games. The rural community in Northeast Wisconsin populates over 3,500 citizens where hard work, fun, and simplicity meet. The 180 employees of Bay Tek Games share one vision of becoming the best in the world at developing and manufacturing ticket redemption games.

AAMA Distributor of the Year – Betson Enterprises, Carlstadt, NJ

Betson’s scope of products and services touches all your family entertainment needs. They offer amusement games, vending machines, office coffee equipment, parts, service and billiard products. Since 1934, Betson has helped customers make the changes they need to stay profitable—evolving with their customers and yours.

AAMA Supplier of the Year – American Changer Ft. Lauderdale, FL

An award-winning developer and leading manufacturer of innovative Bill/Banknote

Changers, Coin/Token Dispensers, Ticket Dispensers, Pre-Valued Card Dispensers, Self-Serve Smart Card Kiosks and tokens, American Changer has an ever-present awareness of the need for research and development, innovation, and advancement. American Changer endeavors to provide secure, automated, and practical solutions with an emphasis of lowering installation and operating costs, maximizing machine uptime, enhancing revenues, reducing pilferage and improving profit. American Changer will work with distributors and operators to determine which product is best for their needs and industry.

AAMA Life Time Achievement Award Winner – Larry Treankler, Founder & Chairman, Bay Tek Games

Mr. Treankler started his career alongside his family members over 40 years ago. Their mission was simple:

  • To work with people they love and care about
  • To create opportunities for those people they love and care about
  • To make a difference in the lives of our customers and suppliers
  • To run successful businesses so they can give back to the communities they live and work in This mission of ‘why’ has created several successful family run businesses over the ensuing forty years

He’s married to his bride and business partner for over 20 years, he’s father to four beautiful children, grandfather to two little ones with another one that will join the family in April.

He employs over 550 people in northeast Wisconsin where he treats employees like extended family members. He’s committed to giving back 10% of his business profits to charity and 10% back to his employees. Over the years, that 20% amounts to more than $25 million dollars split between donations to charities in need with a focus on kids and cancer, and bonuses to his employees. Mr. Treankler demonstrates in action he understands it’s the people around him that help make a successful business.

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