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As the list of GAMA benefits and programs expands, we are highlighting opportunities for members to get involved and share their voice, the most recognizable being the various committees that help guide the association.

Committees looking for new members are marked with an asterisk. For more information or to join a committee, please send an email to the GAMA office.


Academy, Origin Awards & Hall of Fame Review and Restructure Committee*

Chair: Nicole Lindroos, Green Ronin Publishing 
Staff Liaison: John Stacy, GAMA Executive Director
PurposeCharged with exploring ways to increase the relevancy and representation of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design including the Origins Awards nominations, review and award ceremony and the Hall of Fame. Members:


Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design

Chair: John Stacy, GAMA Executive Director
Hall of Fame Curator: Mike Elliott (HOF inductee 2017)
Purpose: The Origins Award & Hall of Fame were created to recognize outstanding work in the tabletop game industry and are presented by the AAGAD during the Origins Game Fair. Members:


Advocacy Committee*

Chair: John Stacy, GAMA Executive Director (Interim Chair)
Staff Liaison: John Stacy, GAMA Executive Director
Purpose: Helps direct association government relations, advocacy, and lobbying efforts to support the hobby games industry. Potential issues the committee is tasked with include tariffs, customs/exportation, product labeling laws, Intellectual Property Rights, counterfeit product sales, etc. Members: Stephen Brissaud, Iello; Eric Perrott, Gerben Law Firm


Audit Committee

Chair: Chris Spivey, Darker Hue Studios
Staff Liaison: Chris Materni, GAMA Deputy Director
Purpose: The Audit Committee will oversee the auditing of the Association’s finances. Members: Andrew Chesney, Chip Theory Games; Jeff Pinsker, Amigo Games


By-Law Reconciliation Committee

Chair: Brian Dalrymple, Adventure Game Store 
Staff Liaison: John Stacy , GAMA Executive Director 
Purpose: Reviews current organizational bylaws and provides recommendations to the board for presentation to the general membership for adoption. Members: Julie Ahern, Greenbrier Games; Justin Sweigart, Czech Games


Diversity Committee*

Chair: Nicole Lindroos, Green Ronin Publishing (Interim Chair)
Staff Liaison: Melissa Jacobs, GAMA Education Manager
Purpose: Investigates how best to reach out to underrepresented communities within the game industry and to create pathways of success within the organization. Members: Sito Sanchez, Peachstate Hobby Distribution


Educational Advisory Committee*

Chair: Daniel Zayas, LongPack Games
Staff Liaison: Melissa Jacobs, GAMA Education Manager
Purpose: Work with GAMA staff to identify educational topics and opportunities to create a robust training program to assist retail stores, distributors, manufacturers, and designers in effectively operating in the hobby games industry. Members: Julie Ahern, Greenbrier Games; Chris Allen, Renton School District, Washington; Kevin Bertram, Fort Circle Games; Kathleen Mercury, Ladue Schools, Gifted Teacher; Andrea Robertson, Rain City Games; Travis Winter, Atlas Games; Alex Yeager, Steve Jackson Games; Molly Zeff, Flying Lead Games.


Market Expansion Committee*

Chair: Bree Goldman, The Why Axis
Staff Liaison: Jen Kuhn, GAMA Communications Manager 
Purpose: To research the most effective and efficient marketing and outreach methods to (A) promote the play of tabletop games and (B) increase the number of people who regularly play games, and to make concrete recommendations by April 30, 2020 to the Board for the deployment of Association resources to implement these methods at scale over a two-year implementation period. Members: Rick Ankney, Thunderforge Productions, LLC; Jessica Blair, Roll to Market, Pat Fuge, Gnome Games; Alan Hockman, Pastimes Comics & Games; Scott Morris, GTS Distribution; Will Niebling, Koplow Games; Jeff Pinsker, Amigo Games; John Stacy, GAMA Executive Director; Avonelle Wing, Double Exposure

Membership Committee

Chair: Brian Dalrymple, Adventure Game Store 
Staff Liaison: Chris Materni, GAMA Deputy Director
Purpose: The Membership Committee shall review all new Applications for Publishing/ Manufacturing Membership and approve or deny Membership based on the ability of the applicant to qualify for Membership in the Association. It will also review any disputes over other membership applications.  Members: Will Niebling, Koplow Games; Sito Sanchez, Peachstate Hobby Distribution


Nominating Committee

Chair: Brian Dalrymple, Adventure Game Store 
Staff Liaison: John Stacy, GAMA Executive Director 
Purpose: The committee works with the association staff to organize and run the board elections during the Annual Membership Meeting.  Members: Will Niebling, Koplow Games

Trade Show Site Selection Committee

Chair: John Stacy, GAMA Executive Director
Purpose: The committee was formed to explore and recommend to the Board of Directors the location for the 2022-2024 GAMA Expo. Members: Tom Anderson, The Mighty Meeple; Kari Bakken, Black & Read, Inc.; Dan Bidwa, Phantom of the Attic Games; Stephan Brissaud, Iello; Brian Dalrymple, Adventure Game Store; Frank DiLorenzo, R&R Games; Stephen Eckman, Game Designer; Kevin Glasgow, Green Tower Games; James Grasso, Recess Games; Alan Hockman, Pastimes Comics & Games; Justin Jacobson, Restoration Games; Shaun Jeffers, Enlightening Minds Gaming; Arthur Kelly, Board Crunch; Phil Lacefield Jr., GAMA Communicating Member; Will Niebling, Koplow Games; Kyle Nottingham, Star City Games; Bob Nuckols, M&N Ventures; Heather O'Neill, 9th Level Games; Troy Stegner, Zia Comics and Games; Justin Strohm, Moonbase Market; Dawn Studebaker, The Game Annex; Des Tan, Ludus Distributors Corp; David Wheeler, Dragon's Lair LLC; Dan Yarrington, Tabletop Tycoon; Justin Ziran, WizKids

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Open Board Meeting

Each year during the Open Board Meeting, held during Origins Game Fair, new representatives are voted to the Board by the current membership. Publisher members will fill available seats for the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors-At-Large positions.


During GAMA Expo, retailer members will also have the opportunity to vote in members to the GAMA Retail Division (GRD), while Distributor members will vote on a Distributor Chair when available.

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There are a wide variety of opportunities to share your industry experience and help your peers improve.

To give in-person presentations, please view our seminar opportunities.

If you prefer to present from the comfort of your own office, there are also several available times for webinar presentations.

Additionally, if sharing your knowledge through writing is better suited to your skills, you are also welcome to contribute to Around the Table, our quarterly magazine.

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It takes a lot of effort to host events throughout the year. To help ensure GAMA Expo and Origins Game Fair are each a success, we always welcome volunteers who can give their time to the association either before or during an event. To request more information about volunteering for GAMA, please contact Executive Director John Stacy.


Likewise, we wouldn't be able to hold these shows without exhibitors to fill the hall. To request more information about exhibiting at either show, please contact Deputy Director Chris Materni.


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