Exec. Vice President
January 2013 to Present
Utilizing emerging technologies in QR Codes, Mobile Apps, Mobile Websites, Social Networking, Email and SMS this new franchise model offered by ZYKKE VENTURES assists local business' and professionals in expanding their businesses through these new techniques in easy to use methods.
Norm and Carole, his wife of forty-six years, now reside in Hollywood, Florida. They join their sons, Scott and Steven and his wife Joelle, along with two children, Sarah and Noah. The Amster's youngest child, Mindy London, lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with daughters Dani and Ashley.
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Sr. Exec Vice President of this start
October 2011 to January 2013
up, emerging technology company that creates new marketing capabilities for retailers and professionals through the use of Quick Response Codes.
INDEPENDENT MARKETING CONSULTANT
July 2007 to October 2011
Norm has been utilizing his sales, marketing and franchising experience consulting with numerous companies in their sales, marketing, franchise and business development efforts including the Sun-Trader, a bi-monthly magazine for automobile dealers, Abundant Life Luxury Estates Destination Club, a specialized world-wide, members-only vacation club, Vacation Village Voyages (Division of the Berkely Group), a direct-sales vacation club, The Ultimate Resort, also a members-only high-end international vacation club and Stargate Mobile a start-up cellular calling service, among others.
Director of Franchising
January 2005 to July 2007
While new to the Miami area, Amster to hear advertisements for a new company called HouseWall Garage System that was offering garage renovation services to homeowners. After researching the company's history, Amster learned that they had not yet begun the franchise sales process. Recognizing the uniqueness of their product and the need for such a service, Norm once again donned his franchising cap and joined the HouseWall Garage System team as their Director of Franchising. Utilizing his years of experience, Norm stepped in and introduced a franchise program for the company and completed franchise transactions in numerous territories in Florida such as Naples, Fort Myers, Orlando, Palm Beach and in other areas of the US such as Missouri, Arizona, Tennessee, and North Carolina. In addition to the sales and marketing for the company's new franchisees, Norm was responsible for training and set-up for the new business partners. To acquire and operate the franchise, working capital of $250,000 was required.
January 1985 to October 2004
Over the years the company evolved into one of the country's foremost names in adult fantasy camps producing interactive baseball, basketball and ice hockey programs in conjunction with professional sports teams, leagues and, most recently, for major corporations. Amster has sold, developed and implemented fantasy camp programs for teams including the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, and Philadelphia 76ers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, New York Rangers and New York Knicks, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Anaheim Angels, Florida Marlins, Major League Baseball and the NBA.
2003 to 2003
to Dania Beach, Florida. His youngest son, Scott Amster, a former professional baseball player, joined the company and has taken over the day to day dealings of the 'family business'.
2001 to 2001
2001, the company began tailoring the original team concept into special interactive 'team building' events for Fortune 500 companies at which meeting and convention attendees participate in a customized 'fantasy camp' afternoon, complete with former athletes, uniforms, etc. This new element of the company includes among its clients organizations such as John Hancock, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, ESPN, MBNA America, MBNA Canada, CBS Sportsline.com, Coca-Cola, Southern Wine and Spirits, The Young Presidents Organization and others.
Throughout the past 22 years, he has hired and established relationships with over 1,000 former professional athletes who are maintained in his personal data base and accessed for the company's programs and Speaker's Bureau Division.
October 1966 to October 1968
BA in JOURNALISM
1960 to 1965