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About the Expo

Southern-Fried Gaming Expo is humbled to present a recurring yearly award honoring our friend and colleague the late Marc Mandeltort.  Marc was the founder of Marco Specialties, Inc. Marc’s life work revolved around preserving pinball and making it accessible to everyone. If you have ever had the opportunity to speak with Mark you were lucky enough to hear his passion about the gaming industry, pinball and the wonderful community we have in this industry both as businesses and gamers. Mark always supported the pinball and gaming industry. His passion was always felt every year as a proud sponsor of the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo.

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For Marc, pinball machines were kinetic art that needed to be preserved for future generations to discover and enjoy.  To achieve this mission, Marc dedicated his life to building a sustainable company that ultimately enabled dozens of people to directly build pinball careers, inspired thousands more to fix games, and saved countless games from the landfill.

In the early days of Marco, he would often spend hours swapping pinball stories with customers. Every game was a world of nested stories ranging from the design and gameplay itself to the politics and popular culture of its time. Most of all, Marc loved nothing more than finally locating an obscure part that brought a pinball machine back to life and sharing it with the community at large. 

The Marc Mandeltort Distinguished Gamer Award has been designed to recognize an individual in the gaming community with a similar passion and drive as Mark. This individual must have a passion for helping others and for sharing their gaming knowledge through through words, actions, and social presence. We are seeking nominations for this individual. If you feel you know someone who meets this standard please u