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Movers & Shakers - February 2017

Ownership Change for Fårup Sommerland

Fårup Sommerland park in Blokhus, Denmark, is executing an ownership change. Søren Kragelund is selling his shares in the park to partner Henrik Schnack and stepping down as CEO and board member, but will continue his association with the company as a consultant until the 2017 season begins. The park was established in 1975 by Kragelund’s father, Anders Kragelund, and by Schnack’s mother, Kamma Schnack. In 1996, Søren and Henrik took ownership, with 50 percent each. Now, Henrik and his sons Martin Norrbom Sam and Jacob Schnack are sole owners of Fårup Sommerland. A process will soon begin to find a new CEO for the park.


Qubica Acquires Software Company

The world’s largest manufacturer of bowling and mini-bowling products, QubicaAMF, announced the company has finalized a transaction to acquire full ownership of CDE Software. Over the past four decades, CDE developed and marketed leading applications such as BLS, BTM, and T-Brac, and has become an industry leader in competitive bowling software. CDE will continue to operate out of its Seattle facility with its current employees. Lance Rasmussen has been promoted to president of CDE. He was formerly vice president of operations for the company and is now an equity partner with QubicaAMF as co-owner of CDE.


AVS Purchases H.A. Franz & Co.

American Vending Sales (AVS) has acquired Texas-based H.A. Franz & Co. as a part of the company’s continued expansion. H.A. Franz & Co. has been a leader in sales and service of arcade and amusement games and vending equipment for 60 years. H.A. Franz & Co. locations in Houston and Dallas will be added to AVS’ current locations near Milwaukee and Minneapolis and its headquarters near Chicago. All locations will conduct business under the name of American Vending Sales Inc. All current H.A. Franz & Co. employees will stay on to become AVS employees.


ASTM Releases New Standard on Simulated Surfing

A new ASTM International standard, to be published as F3133, Practice for the Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction, and Operation of Standing Wave Systems, will help designers and manufacturers develop and build safe simulated surfing attractions. The new standard provides manufacturing guidelines, including structural design requirements, identification markings, and design responsibilities. According to ASTM member Marshall Myrman of FlowRider Inc., part of WhiteWater West Industries, companies such as water parks that buy the standing wave systems will use the standard to help determine the safety of systems they’re considering.


New GameTime FEC Set for Daytona

One Daytona International Speedway Corporation revealed that GameTime will open a 35,000-square-foot family entertainment center along the destination’s main thoroughfare. The location will feature more than 100 new and retro classic arcade games, 60 flat-screen TVs, 12 full bowling lanes, mini bowling, and other attractions, plus a bar and full-service restaurant. This will be GameTime’s eighth location in Florida. The corporation’s facility is a mixed-use and entertainment destination planned for a site located across from the Daytona International Speedway.


Jon Kuhn

Intercard Inc., an originator of cash management solutions for the amusement and casino industries, recently hired Jon Kuhn as director of customer service. The newly created position will allow Kuhn to direct and oversee all aspects of the organization’s customer service program. Kuhn will work with Intercard President Scott Sherrod to acquire, train, and mentor the company’s technical staff. This will include employees at Intercard’s call centers in the United States and Asia, who provide 24/7 multi-language support to customers around the world. Prior to joining Intercard, Kuhn held a variety of IT service management positions at companies spanning multiple business categories.


Jessica McNaull

Headquartered in Derby, Derbyshire, England, Picsolve, creators of photo and video capture technology for use by the leisure and entertainment industry, appointed ­Jessica McNaull vice president for North America as a part of its North American expansion. She brings years of experience in finance, technology, and marketing to her new position. McNaull will lead the company’s U.S. division and solidify business growth to capitalize on opportunities across the region. With the announcement of McNaull’s appointment, Picsolve simultaneously revealed a renewed flagship partnership with Legoland Florida Resort.