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Welcome to the official web site of the HMA! The Hobby Manufacturers Association (HMA) was created in 2005 through the unification of three associations within the hobby industry: International Model Hobby Manufacturers Association, Model Railroad Industry Association, and Radio Control Hobby Trade Association. Our members consist of manufacturers from across the hobby industry – General Hobby, Model Railroad, Plastic & Die Cast and Radio Control.

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Introducing the Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo

The Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo is a new hobby industry consumer/trade show scheduled for the end of October which will fill the void created by the demise of iHobby.

The mission of the Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo is twofold. First, to promote and educate the public about family oriented hobbies throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond by providing information and inspiration to new and existing hobbyists; and second, to provide a cost-effective medium for hobby manufacturers to reach retailers and consumers via a single coordinated event.

The show will kick off as a consumer event on October 28th and 29th, 2017 at the Denver Mart- a 120,000 sq ft convention facility in Denver, Colorado. The 2017 event will feature an extensive array of hands-on demos and workshops for new and experienced hobbyists as well as a mega-marketplace of vendors, anchored by our Consumer Segment Partners, to get products into hobbyist’s hands on the show floor.

The 2018 event, to be held October 25th through the 28th, will add two days of trade activity to the consumer show. The trade days will break with tradition in that Thursday will be an activity day for retailers featuring off-site demos, including flying and boating, and educational workshops. Friday will be a trade floor day with no retailer activities to conflict with time on the floor with the manufacturers.

The trade event will include free registration for retailers to encourage their attendance.

The show is sponsored by HMA with members receiving a 10% registration discount. The Denver Mart is a non-union facility that delivers excellent service on a very cost effective basis. Booth prices include pipe and drape, electricity, signage, tables and chairs with no drayage or setup fees- A pipe and drape show for a tabletop price.

Denver has great, reasonably priced transportation and lodging facilities. We encourage HMA members to exhibit in 2017 to support the show and get first choice of booth space for 2018. CLICK HERE for the 2017 information and registration package.

Please feel free to contact Jim Marski, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo, at 303-345-5031 or email at Hobby-Expo@outlook.com

Exclusive New Member Benefit

The Hobby Manufacturers Association (HMA) is excited to announce that we have partnered with Jerry Conley from AP Solutions for our Merchant Services. Jerry is a 25-year veteran of the hobby industry and is the premier representative for the hobby industry. In addition to representing the HMA, AP Solutions has also partnered with NRHSA and HobbyTown USA for their processing needs.

AP Solutions is offering our members an exclusive flat rate of 10 basis points or $0.10 per swipe. These exclusive negotiated rates for HMA members are 75% cheaper than industry averages. Unlike most other processors, AP Solutions does not charge a higher fee for not having the credit card in hand. All swipes regardless of card type or physically having the card in hand are 10 basis points or $0.10 per swipe.

AP Solutions also offers a wide array of Merchant Services including EMV/PCI compliance, marketing, SEO, and payment processing. AP Solutions is able to work with each member to meet their specific needs.

The first ten companies to sign up with AP Solutions before May 7, will be entered into a running to win a free terminal. The terminal is a state of the art EMV, Chip ready, Apple Pay and Pin Debit worth $1,000.

For more information on the Merchant Services through AP Solutions, CLICK HERE

Contact Jerry at flyawarbird@aol.com or at 859-312-5955 to get signed up today!

Do not miss out on this great opportunity that could potentially save your company hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year!

Questions? Contact Heather Stoltzfus – heather.stoltzfus@hmahobby.org