Firestone Financial is a Recipient of Amusement Today's 2020 Golden Ticket Award

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Firestone Financial is a Recipient of Amusement Today's 2020
Golden Ticket Awards

The top carnival and amusement parks lender received Honorable Mention in the supplier category of the publication’s annual award.

Needham, Mass. - Firestone Financial, a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, received Amusement Today’s 2020 Golden Ticket Awards Honorable Mention in the supplier category. Firestone Financial is a top lender in the carnival, amusement parks, and attractions industries.

Firestone Financial was honored for proactively reaching out to their 4,000-plus customers with offers of assistance as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly shut down businesses and events across the country. The company initially offered a three-month deferral on existing loans for all who contacted them requesting assistance because of COVID-19’s impact on their businesses. They continue to work with their customers and are active in the carnival and parks industry as the pandemic is still impacting owners and operators.

“Helping our customers preserve their businesses during this rapidly evolving and unprecedented year has been our top priority,” said Michael Smith, EVP, chief operating officer of Firestone Financial. “Firestone Financial is honored to be recognized for our dedication to these industries.”

“As an industry we’ve seen nearly every business impacted in some way. Offering assistance to our customers allowed them to focus on what’s most important – their health and safety and the health and safety of their families and employees,” he continued.

Amusement Today announced its annual Golden Ticket Awards on September 23. For more than two decades, the prestigious honors have been the most sought-after awards in the world of amusements and themed entertainment. In a year of survival and finding a path through the pandemic, they chose to recognize some of the shining lights across the industries. Firestone Financial congratulates all the Golden Ticket Award and Honorable Mention recipients! Amusement Today’s 2020 Golden Ticket Awards issue can be found online at or at

Pamela Landwirth of Give Kids The World Village — Golden Ticket Awards Legend Person of the Year —
Gene Staples, Inc.
Renaissance Award — Europa-Park Supplier of the Year —
Great Coasters International, Inc.
Turnstile Award — Arnolds Park Bob’s Space Racers —
Honorable Mention
Chance Rides — Honorable Mention Delaware State Fair — 
Honorable Mention
Embed — Honorable Mention Funplex — Honorable Mention
Funspot — Honorable Mention Gatorland — Honorable Mention
Kentucky Kingdom — Honorable Mention Ralph S. Alberts Company — Honorable Mention
Rides 4 U — Honorable Mention Rocken Graphics —
Honorable Mention
San Antonio Zoo — Honorable Mention Scene75 Entertainment Centers — Honorable Mention
Sky Eye/Biggest Wheel, LLC — Honorable Mention Quassy Amusement Park — Honorable Mention
Zamperla — Honorable Mention  

Founded in 1965, Firestone Financial is a nationwide finance company serving the amusement, carnival, fitness, vending and laundry industries. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Bank (Member FDIC). Interested parties can learn more about Firestone Financial at or by calling Firestone Financial at 800-851-1001.

Leah Siporin, Head of Marketing, 617-807-8194, [email protected]
Aaliyah Outlaw, Corporate Communications Manager, 518-925-6027, [email protected]

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