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  • Wed, September 12, 2018 1:48 PM | Deleted user

    Outstanding Opportunity – OABA President 

    The Board of Directors of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc., a national trade association representing the mobile amusement industry for over 50 years, is seeking a highly qualified professional as its new President. 

    This is an outstanding opportunity for an outgoing problem solver with proven leadership skills to oversee this member-centric organization and further expand the association’s reach of services on behalf of its Board, membership and other stakeholders.  The ideal candidate must be thoroughly committed to the OABA’s mission and strategy, thrive on innovation, have over 10 years’ experience in the amusement industry, and continue to grow the organization by expanding the accomplishments of a long-tenured and highly successful incumbent, who is retiring.

    As President, this individual develops working relationships with other amusement industry trade associations and supporting organizations to help solve mutual issues.  Individuals with amusement industry experience will be given a high priority in the applicant screening process by the OABA’s Organization and Search Committee.  The successful candidate will possess proven leadership skills, working through others to accomplish goals, combined with the ability to collaborate and work with a wide array of members, manufacturers/suppliers, regulators and legislators.    This position, with its support staff, is currently based in the Central Florida area.

    If you are seeking such an opportunity, please forward a cover letter and resume, including your recent salary history, in complete confidence to:

    Strickland Associates
    Re: OABA President
    2344 Sherbrooke Road
    Winter Park, FL 32792

  • Wed, September 12, 2018 9:52 AM | Deleted user


    For Immediate Release: September 10, 2018
    By OABA Chair Jay Strates

    President Robert Johnson Announces his Retirement in 2019

    Last month our President, Bob Johnson, announced to the OABA Board and staff that he plans to retire in February 2019, after having served this trade association exceptionally well for almost 25 years.  While Bob and his wife Alex are looking forward to visiting with family on the West Coast, traveling and pursuing their retirement dreams, Bob will not completely “sail off into the sunset”, as he is passionate about the great families that comprise our membership and the  amusement industry where he has worked for 41 years, and I have asked him to assist us in the transition. 

    When Bob informally told me of his plans last year, after our Strategic Planning Committee session, I formed an Organization Committee, comprised of our Executive Board and several Trustees, led by OABA past Chair E. J. Dean.  This Committee has already developed a timeline and has begun its highly confidential search for a well-qualified successor.  Our goal is to announce and introduce the new President to the membership at the February Annual Meeting.  We are grateful to other trade associations for helping us in our search by placing our recruitment advertising in communications to their members.  We have also retained the human resource firm of Strickland Associates in Winter Park, Florida, to assist us with our search.  

    Please join me and our Board in congratulating Bob for over two decades of leadership to the OABA and his many career accomplishments with this national trade association as our CEO.

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    The Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc. (OABA) is the largest, national trade association representing the mobile amusement industry for over 53 years, based in Winter Park, Florida.  Its Mission is to promote the preservation and growth of the outdoor amusement industry through leadership, advocacy and education. 

  • Thu, September 06, 2018 3:35 PM | Deleted user


                                                                     On The Earie       
                        by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Attendance records were broken at both the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, and New York State Fair, Syracuse, as 2,046,533 turned out in Minnesota, and 1,279,010 in New York. Read More

  • Thu, August 30, 2018 4:33 PM | Deleted user

                                            On The Earie       
                        by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    The 103rd annual MontanaFair, Billings, recorded its second highest gross revenue in history,  with attendance of 220,000, according to General Manager Bill Dutcher, who has been with the fair for years. Read More

  • Thu, August 23, 2018 3:42 PM | Deleted user

    Summary of ASTM F770-18 by Jerry Aldrich, Amusement Industry Consultant


    This Standard Practice provides guidelines for operations, maintenance, and inspection procedures for amusement rides and devices to be performed by the owner/operator. Read More

  • Thu, August 23, 2018 2:41 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie     
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    The 164th annual Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, held Aug. 9-19,  drew a record attendance of 1,130,260, topping the old mark that was set last year, by 189 people, according to Gary Slater, in his 18th year as chief executive officer, and manager. Read More

  • Thu, August 16, 2018 5:30 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie    
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Guy Leavitt, who owns Ray Cammack Shows with his wife, Charlene, said the carnival had a good run at the 128th annual Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, California, July 13-Aug. 12, and Charlene interrupted to say, “We had the best run we've ever had there, and it was a little warm, too.” Read More

  • Thu, August 09, 2018 3:36 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie  
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Attendance at the July 25-Aug. 5 Ohio State Fair, Columbus, was 908,306, up by 13 per cent over that of 2017, according to General Manager Virgil Strickler, who added that those numbers were attained despite rain that fell on Tuesday and Wednesday during the run. Read More

  • Wed, August 08, 2018 2:41 PM | Deleted user

    Amusement Ride Standard Revised

    Two revisions to an amusement ride standard will support safety efforts in the amusement ride community. Members of the ASTM International committee on amusement rides and devices (F24) developed new requirements related to non-destructive testing inspections. The group also changed the standard from a guide to a practice.

    The revised practice for auditing amusement rides and devices (soon to be published as F2974-18) now includes language on requirements around inspector qualifications needed prior to doing non-destructive testing, including training and qualification records, written practices and procedures, equipment calibration records, and more.

    “We wanted to provide more instructions for auditors to follow when examining the requirements of inspectors doing the non-destructive testing,” according to Jeff Borba, owner of Precisioneering, and chair of the three“evolution task groups” created by the committee to identify areas of need for new or revised standards. Their efforts were influenced by new incident data, emerging technologies, and more.

    The standard was also revised from a guide to a practice to match other existing committee standards. A guide provides information or a series of options but does not recommend a specific course of action, whereas a practice provides instruction for performing specific operations.

    “This was the only committee standard that was a guide and by changing it to a practice we think the standard now carries more weight,” says Borba. “Ideally, it will encourage more people to follow the standard.”

    The “evolution task groups” were created in October of 2017 and developed a series of potential revisions to existing standards. These two revisions will be the first published. According to Borba, several more updates areunderway that could address corrosion, welding requirements, and visual acuity for inspectors.


    Information provided via ASTM Facebook posting 8/8/2018

  • Thu, August 02, 2018 5:12 PM | Deleted user


    Raising the Bar on Safety

    The OABA has partnered with Corporate Security Solutions, Inc. (CSSI) a highly respected online background check company to bring you this new member benefit.

    We are pleased to announce a new safety initiative and a terrific benefit for OABA Members — one that will enhance your company hiring standards, reduce your costs, and most importantly keep your patrons and workplace safe. 

    Background checks are an essential safety measure for the Mobile Amusement industry, but they can sometimes be a logistical and financial challenge. “That’s why the OABA has partnered with CSSI to simplify and lower the cost of background checks for our Members” stated Bob Johnson, OABA President.  “CSSI features an online background check platform that uses proprietary technologies and unique criminal locators to deliver high-quality and accurate background checks.”

    We have arranged a per-check discount price for OABA Members and even bigger discounts for Circle of Excellence recipients amounting to an additional 15% off.

    CSSI’s Tri-Eye check will be used as a basis for all background checks for OABA Members. This includes not only Name, Address, and Social Security verification but Enhanced National Criminal records, National Sexual Predators list (aka Megan’s Law), OIG Sanctions and Terrorist Watch list.  Each Member will have their own separate secured online portal.  Once the information is entered, you will receive your results in minutes.  

    We are working closely with Stephanie Glysson from CSSI, to introduce the company’s capabilities to our Members. You can contact Stephanie at 800-203-4731.  You can also read more about CSSI at www.eyeforsecurity.com

    We hope you will share our excitement about this new service with other OABA members, which has the potential to save you, our Members -- considerable time and even greater money along with the peace of mind in keeping your Patrons, Families and Employees safe!


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