Elk Grove Village, IL – August 11, 2017 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, announced today the hiring of Zach Sharpe as Director of Marketing. Zach will take on marketing accountabilities from recently promoted Jody Dankberg who will serve as the New Director of Licensing and New Business Development. Zach most recently worked as Senior Marketing Producer for world renowned marketing agency iris Worldwide where he excelled at integrated marketing, social media, community engagement, consumer marketing, and strategy development.
In addition to Zach’s many professional accomplishments, Zach is a passionate pinball enthusiast who is currently the #1 ranked pinball player in the world. Zach has also extended his love of pinball by serving as Vice President of the International Flipper Pinball Association, and currently writing game reviews for Play Meter Magazine.
Zach will lead SPI in expanding its rapidly growing global business while focusing on extending the Stern entertainment experience within the consumer, commercial, and competitive player brand portfolio including pinball machines, merchandise, and accessories.
“With Jody focusing on growing our digital, private label, accessories, and merchandise portfolio while managing Stern’s critical licensing partnerships, Zach will add a heightened level of customer engagement. This dynamic duo continues Stern’s commitment to supporting our theme of Everything Pinball,” said John Buscaglia, Chief Revenue Officer of Stern Pinball.
The first timers club streak continues. After Escher Lefkoff at PAPA20 and Raymond Davidson at IFPA14, Colin Macalpine became the 29th player in competitive pinball to be able to call themselves a Major Champion.
Pinburgh 2017 brought together two finalists looking to add their name to this list (Colin Macalpine and Josh Sharpe), with two players looking to add to their legacies. Keith Elwin was looking to capture his record 10th Major Championship, and Cayle George his 3rd.
With his 2nd place finish, Josh Sharpe reached his 6th top 4 finish in Major Championships. Cayle George is now 3 for 3 in top 4 finishes in Major Championships for 2017, increasing his career total to 9, while Keith Elwin reached his record setting 16th top 4 Major Championship finish.
To view the most current list of Major Championship stats, click HERE.
Player of the Month:
March 2017 –> Trent Augenstein (148.59 WPPR’s)
April 2017 –> Zach Sharpe (349.60 WPPR’s)
May 2017 –> Julio Vicario Soriano (185.22 WPPR’s)
June 2017 –> Raymond Davidson (184.43 WPPR’s)
March 2017 –> Ian Buchanan (+19,960 spots), Hannu Kumpula (+17,068 spots), Bradin Willhelmsen (+13,741 spots)
April 2017 –> Tim Carpenter (+15,138 spots), Leon Skeggs (+15,101 spots), Phil Mowers (+13,575 spots)
May 2017 –> Trevor Whatman (+18,863 spots), Jason Lapping (+16,144 spots), Jon Feschuk (+15,702 spots)
June 2017 –> Frank Williamson (+21,582 spots), Algird Lisaius (+19,076 spots), Kleber Calonio (+16,300 spots)
Congrats to everyone!
We are thrilled to announce that we are heading out on to the road again! This tour will provide us the opportunity to do a lot of good all throughout the month of July! The love and support we receive along the way is remarkable, and we are always happy to give the gift of pinball!
On this tour, we will be traveling across the United States to plenty of destinations. These include Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Florida!
We will be in attendance of 2 great shows Pintastic New England and Replay FX/Pinburgh. We can’t wait to spread the Project Pinball experience across the country! To stay updated with our progress, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
Person of Interest: Pinball Wiz Raymond Davidson Took First Place at the IFPA Championship in Denmark
Last year we saw approximately 10,000 players participate in the SCS, and this year through June we’re already at 8,000 players that have participated.
We currently have 40 states included in the SCS, which will all culminate in the IFPA State Championship finals. These finals will all be held simultaneously on January 20th, 2018, with 640 finalists competing for not only a State Championship title, but also a spot in the IFPA US National Pinball Championship.
View the current SCS standings HERE.
For those players north of the US border, the IFPA Canada Provincial Championship Series is also currently in progress. Current standings for the Canada PCS are available HERE. A reminder that the Provincial Champions also qualify to participate in the US National Championship.
A reminder that the official satellite spots for the IFPA15 World Pinball Championship will come from the 2017-18 IFPA US National Pinball Championship, and the 2017-18 IFPA European Pinball Championship. The highest finisher in each final that has not yet qualified for IFPA15 will win a free spot into the World Championship.