Amusement Masters Appoints Shane Cochran As New General Manager

Shane Cochran AMInteractive game and amusements company that provides nationwide services, Amusement Masters announces today that Shane Cochran will fill the position of General Manager leading the charge to further develop the growth of regional and national accounts. Shane Cochran comes with a wealth of experience within the special events and event entertainment industry, having spent the last three years at Amusement Masters Shane has been instrumental in acquiring numerous large accounts.

Shane’s new role as General Manager will leverage his unique events game, entertainment and amusement experience against his exceptional customer service background. He will continue servicing many of the top companies in the Amusement Masters’ portfolio and expand his reach with developing clients. Shane shares “I am very pleased and excited to start this new endeavor with Amusement Masters and look forward to working with the team in an expanded role. We have unique interactive entertainment products that I’m proud of. I’m very fortunate to be a part of such a caring, professional and fun loving group of people.”

Kelly Smink, Owner and CEO of Amusement Masters says, “Shane’s event experience combined with his industry knowledge makes him a valuable asset to our ever growing company. We believe his new role will continue to make our services and event services appealing to more and more accounts nationwide. Amusement Masters puts clients first and Shane is always a customer advocate for making the most of an event. I’m confident that Shane will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.”


ABOUT US:
Founded in 1999, Amusement Masters has become a leader in the arena of amusement and interactive entertainment for the special events and hospitality industries. Positioned as a strategic partner, Amusement Masters works one-on-one with event planners, destination management companies, schools and military event planners across the United States to create memorable and unique event experiences. Leading the charge is their mascot Game Girl Gigi – who in the youthful likeness of Amusement Masters’ owner Kelly Smink keeps clients up to date with the latest interactives and event trends. For more information on Amusement Masters visit their website, FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Gourmet Cotton Candy Is One Sweet Treat!

Brown Shoes (HI RES)It’s been an exciting fall season at Amusement Masters as we expand into a new market with Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy! A sugary treat that’s perfect for all ages – we just had to add our very own Amusement Masters’ gourmet twist to it. Our cotton candy is made in a wide variety of flavors (some very unique) and each made from air-spun organic evaporated cane juice, using only 100% all-natural flavors and colors. Fat free, Gluten free and pesticide free – the cane juice we use is also produced in a nut-free and dairy-free facility. Cotton candy stations can be incorporated into all types of events, from holiday parties and weddings to bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. Whatever your celebration we have a cotton candy station for you! But before we gush anymore about our sweet treats let us delve into the intriguing history of cotton candy and find out how this treat became so popular.

Electric "Fairy Floss" Candy  Machine Advertisement (1905)

Electric “Fairy Floss” Candy Machine Advertisement (1905)

Once called ‘Spun Sugar,’ cotton candy dates as far back as the 15th century for the social elite in Italy. The creation process back then was long and the ‘sculptor’ would literally melt the sugar and then drizzle it over an object, spending hours creating spectacular table centerpieces paired with fruits. In 1897 a dentist named William Morrison and a confectioner John C. Wharton created the first electric-spun cotton candy machine, coining the name “Fairy Floss” (in Australia they still call cotton candy that!) William and John introduced it to a large audience at the 1904 World’s Fair, selling it for just .25 cents. In 1921, a dentist named Joseph Lascaux invented a similar confection machine but instead of calling it “Fairy Floss” he referred to it as Cotton Candy, which was an instant hit. Slowly the old name faded away and the rest is history!

Cotton Candy ConesOne thing that client’s particularly love about Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy is the variety of delicious flavors that Amusement Masters exclusively offers. Mouth-watering flavors like: Raspberry Rush, Fabulous French Toast, Cookie Dough Delight, Mango Madness and over 20 more flavors! These flavors make for endless opportunities to customize a candy station that’s unique to your event. Every station is manned by a skilled Amusement Masters candy technician – this allows clients and their guests to enjoy fresh spun and individual servings. Our manned cotton candy action stations can be placed indoors or outdoors for an event with the magic done right in front of your guests, creating a sweet interactive experience! For clients that want to offer guests a cotton candy take-away we also offer pre-packaged that is ‘grab n’ go.’ These pre-packaged treats are perfect party favors to handout to guest because they are so easy to store or put into a gift bag.

To book a Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy station for your event just connect with us on our website or email: ksmink@amusementmasters.com.

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We Played At Eventeract!

This Spring we were honored to be a major sponsor for the Eventeract conference in it’s inaugural year. Produced by the Georgia Chapter Meeting Planners Association (GaMPI), the conference was geared towards engaging the meeting and special events planner. The partnership was win-win; it gave Amusement Masters the opportunity to showcase to an audience of planners and it gave attendees two days of play that enhanced the learning experience.

On both conference days Amusement Masters maintained a booth on the expo floor. This gave us an ideal space for meeting with attendees and giving them a small taste of our game and amusement inventory. Our booth was Western inspired and featured the Wild West Quick Draw, our Western Shootout arcade game and our newest game, “Hit The Hero.” The decor was straight from the Wild West with western fencing and barrel decor items. We even brought in comfortable leather seating for guests looking to kick back and take a load-off as they made their way through the expo.

On the first evening of the conference we placed games throughout the conference’s signature fundraiser “The Gathering.” The event theme was “Back to the 80’s.” We loved this theme because it opened the door to bring in a variety of 1980’s Arcade Games and Pinball Machines, our Classic Strip Photo Booth and our new 2014 Instagram Interactive Booth. All in all, Amusement Masters helped keep the 80’s vibe alive that night.

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About Eventeract:
Produced by the Georgia Chapter Meeting Planners Association (GaMPI) and evolving from the DNA of the Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC), Eventeract 2014 was an exciting new experience that challenged the way the event and hospitality industries relate. Held in Atlanta, Georgia and powered by the Southeast’s most influential associations, Eventeract featured 90,000 square feet of education, innovation and networking covering a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: Corporate and Association events, Food & Beverage, Meeting Design, Décor & Event Design, Meeting Planning Strategies, Tactics & Design, Technology, Audio Visual, Incentives, Revenue Management, Sales, Revenue Management and DMC Services. The General Session and Education and Exhibits were located all in one space designed to provide  attendees a 360 degree comprehensive event experience and to present the exhibitors and sponsors to a vast customer base with which to network. Find out more about Eventeract at www.eventeract.org.

Game Girl Wins An ISES Esprit Award

2013 Esprit Win

Amusement Masters is proud to announce that we are a recent recipient of a prestigious 2013 Esprit Award from the International Special Events Society (ISES) in the category of Best Entertainment Production Budget Under $25,000. Since 1999 we’ve been a special event company providing amusements and interactive event entertainment. While having been nominated for an Esprit Award many times over the years we’ve considered ourselves the “Susan Lucci of Esprits” until finally winning and bringing home an award this August at the Esprit Awards ceremony held at ISES Live in Nassau, Bahamas.

Providing comprehensive interactive solutions for a diverse range of clients nationwide is what we do. We’re still beaming from ear to ear having won this 2013 Esprit for the Texas corporate event titled “A Texas Sized Grand Opening” that we participated in planning and providing signature entertainment for. Owner, Kelly Smink shares “Our team has proven expertise in creating great experiences through an approach of fun and professionalism in the special events industry. We are so very proud to be adding this Esprit Award to our other accomplishments. Now we’re looking forward to adding a few more to our shelf!”

All About Us –

Founded in 1999, Amusement Masters has become a leader in the arena of amusement and interactive entertainment for the special events and hospitality industries. Positioning ourselves as a strategic partner, we work one-on-one with event planners, destination management companies, schools and military event planners to create memorable and unique event experiences. Leading the charge is our mascot Game Girl Gigi – who in the youthful likeness of Amusement Masters owner Kelly Smink keeps clients up to date with the latest interactives and event trends. Keep up with the fun and games by following the Amusement Masters Facebook page!

About the ISES Esprit Awards Program –

Since 1995 the International Special Event Society (ISES) has acknowledged the achievements and creativity of its membership through the ISES Esprit Awards program. The 2013 ISES Esprit Awards was held on August 24, 2013 in conjunction with ISES Live 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas at the Atlantis. The awards recognize ISES members who have excelled in their respective event field throughout the year. The awards offer multiple categories that represent the different disciplines within the events industry. To view all 2013 winners watch this video.

Yap, Yap, Yap

Hey there! Welcome to my new digs! We may not have met before – I’m Gigi, aka Game Girl at Amusement Masters. We are suppliers of topnotch games and interactive fun for events and temporary installations of all kinds.

Now my boss is always reminding me to talk less and work more. Yap, yap, yap… I admit I could talk about gaming all day long. I just love it! So I decided to set up this blog so that whenever I can sneak away, I can tell you all about my favorite games and some of the great events we’ve done. And you know my door is always open if you have questions… hey that would give me an excuse to talk about my favorite topic legitimately!

Well, I’ve got to run. Big proposal due. But do stop by soon because I have some wonderful ideas in store for you.

Gigi

About Game Girl – Gigi

Hi! I’m Gigi,

Not many people can say that they love their work, but I’m happy to say that I do! I mean, doesn’t this sound like fun?

 Researching top-of-the-line equipment to purchase
 Customizing giveaway activities with client logos
 Designing amusement concepts for killer events
 Reorganizing the warehouse to make space for more inventory
 Solving complicated logistical puzzles
 Checking Facebook and Twitter for hip and happening news

…and that’s just before breakfast!

The rest of the time, I’m working with my team at Amusement Masters setting up and working events. It’s a funny thing; the events are as varied as all the possible combinations of 140 characters, but they all have one thing in common… all the guests are smiling!

Seriously, wouldn’t you enjoy a day in the life of Game Girl?

Gigi