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Industry Pioneers
In 2009, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association initiated the Pioneer Award, which honors an individual OABA member who has made a unique and lasting contribution that has significantly changed or improved the mobile amusement industry.

A special committee from our Board of Directors selects an individual worthy of this distinction and presents this prestigious award at our annual meeting in February.


OABA Industry Pioneer Reward Recipients

  • 2021
    Jerry Aldrich


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  • 2020
    Fred Pittroff
    Giant Slide

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  • 2019
    Steve Swika, JR.
    S&S Amusements
  • 2018
    Linda Brewer
    Deggeller Christian Academy
  • 2017
    Dennis Bartosik
    Denny's Electronics

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  • 2016
    Joie Chitwood, Sr.
    Chitwood Thrill Shows
  • 2015
    Jerry Barber
    Venture Rides Mfg. & Sunbelt Capital Inc.

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  • 2014
    Dan Dudley
    Dudley Consultants

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  • 2013
    Bob Childress
    Childress Shows

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  • 2012
    Jack Eyerly
    Eyerly Aircraft Co.

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  • 2011
    Bruce Sellner
    Sellner Manufacturing

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  • 2010
    Jerry Wisdom
    Wisdom Mfg.

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  • 2009
    Bob Cassata
    Bob's Space Racers

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  • 2008
     J.C. Evans
    Chairman Gold Medal Products

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