Technician / Collector

By pinballtec

October 22, 2013

10 years ago

I started in the vending industry in 1992 as a technician after a brief stint as an automotive technician. In 1994 I worked with a viciously horrible amusement operator who died several years ago. I left there after 3 months to go back to vending. My ultimate goal was to become an amusement technician, which came to fruition in 1996. I stayed with that local route operatator until I moved to Philadelphia in 2000. At that time I worked for another route operator who only specialized in skill claw games. After a few months I was recruited by Dave & Busters for the position of Asst. Amusement Manager for their Philadelphia location. After a very successful 3 years, I was offered my own store in Jacksonville, Fl. . Regrettably, I had to decline this position due to family priorities and returned to my original position with the route operator back in the Harrisburg area. The technician hired to replace me had been fired for stealing. The business had not been handled well during my absence and the decline was inevitable and would only sustain my postion for another year. I connected with another amusement dealer who was tied up in very shady dealings and I had to wind up leaving there after a few months as well. Seems to be a common theme in this industry, unscrupulous operators. I moved back into vending as an electronics technician until the company was bought out and I was laid off. I bounced around a bit until I settled into my current position as an A/V technician. I still am very actively involved in pinball restorations (my specialty), repairs and amusements. I help others with their arcade games and even helping others set up virtual pinball machines.

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