INDIANAPOLIS – The AMOA-National Dart Association (NDA) welcomed two new inductees into the NDA Hall of Fame during the President’s Reception on May 7, at Team Dart 2015 in Las Vegas.
As members who exemplify excellent service and dedication to the National Dart Association, the NDA recognized Britt Bruner and Chris Warren as recipients of the 2015 Hall of Fame Awards.
Bruner, vice president of D&E Music and Vending in Mitchell, South Dakota, and Manford Music and Vending in Hurron, South Dakota, is about to celebrate 25 years with both companies, having started in 1990. An NDA member for just as long, Bruner has served two terms on the NDA Board of Directors and was elected president in 2008. As a past-president he has remained active through several NDA committees, has worked at Team Dart in various capacities over the years and has been both a presenter and planner at the NDA’s biennial education conference, League SMART. He is also the tournament director for both the South Dakota State Dart Tournament and the Heartland Tournament.
During the course of Bruner’s tenure as tournament director for the South Dakota State Dart Tournament, the event has grown from two days to five with nearly 800 teams participating, and has raised over $350,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation of South Dakota.
Warren, Century Gaming Technologies, has been in the coin-operated vending industry for more than 33 years. A NDA member for 23 of those years, Warren served as the AMOA liaison to the NDA Board of Directors for five years beginning in 2004. Following that term he became president of the NDA in 2010, and has served on several committees and worked at Team Dart over the years as well. From Montana, he has been involved in the Montana State Dart Tournament for five years, and is honored to be involved in its success.
“This award means very much to me because the NDA is such a great association and the leader in electronic darts,” said Warren. “It [the award] puts me in a very special group of people who have dedicated so much of their time to the NDA over the years. There are so many others who deserve this award.”
Hall of Fame candidates are evaluated on various criteria including, but not limited to: levels of contributions locally, nationally and internationally over the last 10 years, programs/sponsor development, tournament service, leadership service and increased awareness of the sport.
“Being elected to the NDA Hall of Fame is a huge deal to me! I am so honored. Being recognized by my peers is very important to me, but this isn’t a singular honor,” said Bruner. “It is an honor I share with my family, co-workers, and the players. Without their sacrifices, none of this would have happened. I am truly blessed.”
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The NDA is an international trade association of coin-operated vending companies representing approximately 250 members and 45,000 players worldwide. The NDA was formed by and for coin machine operators to promote the sport of electronic darting exclusively on operator-owned equipment. The Association offers a variety of programs, materials and supplies to support its members in increasing the profitability of their dart operations. The NDA is sponsored by the Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA), Arachnid, Inc., Cyberdine d.o.o., Gaelco Darts S.L. and NSM-Löwen Entertainment.
For more information about membership in the NDA, its annual international Team Dart competition, regional tournaments or biennial League SMART educational conference, contact Kim Paugh, CAE, Associate Executive Director at 800.808.9884, or visit the NDA website at www.NDAdarts.com.