NEWTON, MA – March 7, 2011 – Firestone Financial Corp. the leader in coin-op equipment financing announced today its Platinum Partners inductees. Firestone Financial will bestow this recognition on selected manufacturers, distributors and operators in an awards ceremony prior to the start of Amusement Expo. Members of the Platinum Partners Club are chosen for their innovation and leadership roles in the industry and for being among Firestone’s top clients during the prior year.
Firestone Financial Platinum Partners speech
Thank you all
for taking time out of your day to join us so that we may honor you,
your achievements and contributions to the amusement industry.
My name is Larry Yaffe. I am the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Firestone.
I would like to introduce, to everyone, the people from Firestone that are here today.
David Cohen, CEO & President
Scott Cooper, Executive VP & CFO
Jim Hines, VP of Amusement & Vending Sales
Carol Francis, Director of Marketing
Sal Cifala, Asst VP of Amusement & Vending Sales
Spencer Norton, Sales Executive in Amusement & Vending
Kurt Engelhardt – Associate Sales Executive in Amusement & Vending
These are just a few of the people that work hard to provide financing service to people and companies in this industry.
industry and our marketplace are always evolving. As I look around the
room, and review the 2011 Platinum Partners list I see a group of
companies that have changed, adapted and thrived in these challenging
times. We are proud that we have had a hand in one way or another of
contributing to your success. Firestone pledges to continue to evolve in
order that we improve what we do, so that we can continue to meet the
financing needs of this great industry.
I would now like to have Jim Hines, our amusement and vending leader, to come up and say a few words.
world is more social than ever before. Hence, the products today must
be more social. They must create a compelling experience for the user
that reaches far beyond the walls of location he is in and the product
he is using at that point in time…but it still has to be fun! Our
manufacturer partners understand this evolving landscape and have
created products that continue to engage the consumers both young and
old in traditional and brand new formats and for that we recognize you,
congratulate you, and urge you to keep working to bring new products to
Our distributors we pay tribute to today have
worked very hard to evolve in this ever-changing world, and all continue
to play a critical role in moving this product through the pipeline to
our operators. They continue to offer counsel to operators big and small
on the purchases they make, and are the ones who will put a single game
or jukebox on a truck to one of their best customers, hours away, no
questions asked, simply because it is needed. These partners all
understand the powerful role availability of capital in this industry
plays. Our relationships with these distributors have in some cases gone
back to the seventies…and they are not only our partners but also our
friends. We thank you for continuing to utilize Firestone’s services.
our operators, who are our connection to the consumer. The operator
works on the front lines of this industry. They are either setting
equipment in locations, whether it be the bar, the bowling center, the
FEC, or roller rink. They are the ones who see the trends, deal with the
bar owners or the pizza place, determine what makes money and what
doesn’t. They work their business 24/7, visiting locations and
troubleshooting at all hours of the day and night. These operators we
honor today understand how to use measured debt to build their business;
and some of our histories go back decades with these customers. You are
the key to our success and the continuation of the industry. As long as
you are able to provide the salesmanship and service to your customers,
we all will be here to support your efforts. We know you have other
financing options and we want to thank you for letting Firestone be part
of your success.
Now without further ado we would like to start the presentation of the awards for our Platinum Partners.
Jim Hines, Firestone’s Vice President of Sales, noted that all of the award recipients have had long term relationships with Firestone. “We have relationships with some of our customers that go back not just years, but decades. Our Platinum Partners have seen the industry go through some dramatic changes and have built sustainable businesses that are well positioned for the future. We are very excited to honor our colleagues.”
The 2011 Firestone Financial Platinum Partners Club honorees are:
AMI Entertainment Network
Apple Industries, Inc.
Bay Tek Games, Inc.
Raw Thrills, Inc.
TouchTunes Interactive Networks
American Vending Sales, Inc.
Brady Distributing Company
Green Coin Machine
H. Betti Industries, Inc.
Mountain Coin Machine Distributors
Shaffer Distributing Company
This is the first year the Firestone will be honoring operators, the inaugural Platinum Partners are:
Ace Amusement Service, Inc. - FL
All Florida Amusements, Inc. - FL
Alligator Computer Systems - OH
Automated Services LLC - CT
Barberio Music Company - TX
Ferris Music Service, Inc. - ME
Games People Play of Richmond -VA
M&A Group, LLC - FL
Firestone Financial in following its annual tradition has made a contribution to the American Amusement Machine Charitable Foundation (AAMCF) in honor of the Platinum Partners. David Cohen, Firestone’s President and CEO and Jim Hines, Vice President of Sales serve on the board of the foundation.
About Firestone Financial Corporation
Since 1965, Firestone Financial has been helping businesses by providing equipment financing nationwide. The company is focused on cultivating long term relationships in the industries that we serve. Today we provide competitive financing solutions for the amusement, carnival, coin-op, fitness, and vending industries. To learn more visit www.firestonefinancial.com.
Medalist Marketing Corporation – WA
Miele, Inc. –PA
Music Vendors, Inc –NC
Number One Vending Service –FL
Paramount Vending, Inc. – FL
Stanton Automatics, Inc. - NY
Variety Specialties & Amusement - IL
West Coast Amusements –CA
Contact: Carol Francis, Director of Marketing
1.800.851.1001 extension 276