Denny Bartokik Wayne Pierce Al DeRusha
OABA Recognizes New Inductees to Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer Leaders for 2017
During the Outdoor Amusement Business Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, three industry leaders were added to the legacy of the mobile amusement industry’s Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer recipients in Tampa, Florida. These individuals were selected by the OABA’s Board as being worthy of becoming industry legends.
The OABA recognized Industry Pioneer Denny Bartosik, highlighting his career achievements in the development of new, innovative games, trailers and LED lighting, which has revolutionized the amusement industry. His LED lighting packages have provided ride owners, concessionaires and others with programmable light displays that have added to both the appeal and the promotion of carnival midways and amusement rides. His most recent accomplishment was lighting the world’s tallest portable wheel, owned by Michael Wood and Frank Zaitshik, which debuts at the Florida State Fair. Bartosik’s business is located in Nokomis, Florida.
Hall of Fame 2017 recipient OABA Senior Vice President Al DeRusha, having served the OABA for 27 years, was recognized by the Board of Directors for his dedication and creativity with membership, advertising, sponsorship and fundraising over the years. After growing up in the carnival games business, where he met his wife of 62 years, Marlene, his life took a turn to the colorful world of wrestling and sports television career, meeting many celebrities along the way. His primary focus with the OABA has been and continues to be raising funds through OABA Jammin’ Jamborees with many carnivals in the U.S. and Canada each season. With the assistance and participation of everyone at a jamboree, carnivals have raised over $4 million for the OABA that benefits OABA’s legal and government advocacy programs, protecting our members and their generational family businesses. Al is thankful and he feels blessed to be a part of this exciting, fun-filled event.
Hall of Fame recipient for 2017 attorney Wayne Pierce, owner of the Pierce Law Firm in Annapolis, Maryland, has worked tirelessly, supporting many different segments of the amusement industry, ASTM F 24 Committee and with industry training and safety programs such as NAARSO, AIMS and PA Showmen’s Safety certification programs. As a sole practitioner, his amusement legal practice has helped insurers, associations and government agencies to insure the highest level of rider safety and limit frivolous lawsuits. His reputation as the “good guy lawyer” is well respected and he’s sought after by many mobile amusement industry H-2B stakeholders, lobbyists and the OABA leadership to protect and defend when confronted by labor activist groups, the Department of Labor, USCIS and Department of State.
The OABA board congratulates these well-deserved amusement industry legends on their recognition as Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer recipients.