Whether you’re looking for music, video, or innovative gaming products, AMI is there to connect your patrons with the entertainment they love.
Founded in 1909 as the National Automatic Music Co., AMI Entertainment Network has been part of the bar and restaurant entertainment industry for more than a century. And even though these days we make cutting-edge digital jukeboxes and video systems, our goal is still the same — helping our partners provide state-of-the-art entertainment that meets their needs and the needs of their customers.
Thanks to our valued network of operators and distributors, you can find our products in the bar around the corner or a nightclub on the other side of the country. We engineer our products for reliability, flexibility, and value — it’s why we’re still here, more than 100 years later.
Meet the Executives
MICHAEL G. MAAS
PRESIDENT & CEO
Mike Maas joined AMI Entertainment Network as president and CEO in 2006. Before AMI, Mike served as Microsoft’s general manager for U.S. enterprise and industry marketing, where he oversaw local marketing efforts in major U.S. cities, while also managing Microsoft’s Global Executive Circle Program, aimed at high-quality engagement with senior business leaders.
Mike began his career in the high-performance supercomputer industry, where he held various technical and management positions at Control Data Corporation, ETA Systems, and Kendall Square Research. He later joined IBM, serving as vice president of marketing for IBM’s communications sector, where he was responsible for leading the global marketing effort in the communication industry and for marketing global, cross-IBM initiatives in digital media and wireless/mobile computing. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
GEORGE A. PINOS
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
George Pinos joined AMI Entertainment Network in 1992, serving as treasurer and controller before becoming AMI’s chief financial officer in 2001. As CFO, George is responsible for AMI’s financial operations as well as all music-licensing activities for AMI digital jukeboxes.
George began his 30-year career in financial operations with Farrell Lines, a marine shipping company serving global ports of call. He later joined PACE Industries, a diversified manufacturer with operations in home air conditioning systems, business forms, and printing. George holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from William Paterson College and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Ron Richards joined AMI Entertainment Network in 2005 and today serves as chief technology officer. As CTO, Ron oversees all software development and network operations for AMI digital jukeboxes, as well as Tap TV. Before AMI, Ron served as vice president of product development at Lattice, Inc., where he led the development of hospital patient safety applications.
Ron began his software engineering career in 1983, holding various positions at Intermetrics, Computer Associates, and Apropos Technology, before becoming Apropos’ vice president of engineering in 1999. Ron holds bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, an MBA from the University of Chicago and has completed graduate work towards a master’s in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
A.J. Russo, Chief Creative Officer at AMI Entertainment Network, is charged with shaping the digital content and entertainment portfolio for AMI music and Tap TV networks, while also overseeing the aesthetic design of all hardware, software, and mobile applications. A.J.’s teams provide multiple creative services to AMI, including advertising, branding, consumer outreach, interactive programming, mobile design, motion graphics, music catalog management, original content development, and more.
Before AMI, A.J. served as Game Artist, Game Producer, and later Creative Director for Merit Industries, where he lead the creation and curation original content for Merit’s Megatouch brand, a multi-lingual touchscreen arcade system garnering over 5 billion annual paid plays. A.J. holds a bachelor’s degree in integrative arts from Pennsylvania State University, where he studied advertising, graphic design, and interactive multi-media.
STEPHEN J. JAREMA III
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT
Steve Jarema, Vice President of Operations and Development at AMI Entertainment Network, oversees the invention, production, and delivery of all hardware equipment for AMI digital jukeboxes and Tap TV. Before AMI, Steve served as vice president of engineering at Merit Industries, the Electric Mobility Corporation, and the Rascal Company. Over his 25-year career, Steve has produced many successful product lines and holds numerous U.S. patents, with additional pending. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES
John Margold, Senior Vice President of Sales at AMI Entertainment Network, is charged with directing both domestic and international sales of AMI digital jukeboxes, as well as the company’s newest product, Tap TV. John joined AMI in its previous incarnation as Rowe International and has worked hand-in-hand with coin-op operators to maximize the performance of their amusement product routes for over 35 years. John holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Lawrence University and completed post-graduate studies at the Harvard Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Director, Technical Services
Gordon Anderson, Director Technical Services at AMI Entertainment Network, manages the customer service and technical support for all of AMI’s products and services. Gordon joined AMI in 1981, after receiving his technical training at RETS Electronics, and business education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mi.