Anthony Gallela, the Executive Director of the Game Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) for the past four years (see “GAMA Promotes Anthony Gallela to Executive Director”), is leaving his position with the organization to become the Vice President Sales and Marketing of start-up Bucephalus Games (see “Bucephalus to Launch with 37 Games”).  Gallela said of his move, “After seven years dedicated to improving GAMA and its programs, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to get back intot he private sector full-time.”  Gallela served as Operations Director prior to being promoted to ED.


GAMA is beginning an immediate search for a replacement, a process that’s expected to take at least 60 days.  Gallela plans to cut back to part time at GAMA in October and stay with the organization until a yet-to-be-determined date no earlier than late November during the search for and training of his replacement.  He’s also agreed to remain as ED in a stipend position if the board can only find an executive manager to replace him.  Gallela plans to stay involved with GAMA in the future, and says he will “help GAMA and the game industry in most any way I can.”    


GAMA runs the GAMA Trade Show and Origins, offers various member programs, and serves as an advocate for the game industry with other organizations and constituencies. 


Former GAMA board member Martin Stever’s comment on the news is as good a summary as any of Gallela’s career at the organization.  “No one should forget that Anthony took over the Executive Director position at a chaotic time for GAMA,” he said.  “The GAMA board was in conflict over the organization’s direction when Anthony was promoted to ED.  He centralized the staff in a new location in Columbus, managed the GAMA Trade Show through rocky waters when a competing industry show was attempted, and sorted out a number of serious conflict of interest issues that were on the table at the start of his tenure.  While GAMA faces major challenges, the hobby game industry owes many thanks to Anthony for his professionalism and tact.”