New York City, Sept. 17, 2019 – The New York Videogame Critics Circle (the multicultural organization comprised of the finest videogame critics, writers, reporters and bloggers in the city), announced today the election of a new member of the organization’s board of directors, former President and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé, effective immediately.
“I’m pleased to welcome my long-time friend and gaming industry veteran, Reggie Fils-Aimé, to the board of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, where his extensive experience will strengthen our board of directors,” said New York Videogame Critics Circle founder and board president, Harold Goldberg. “Reggie’s history of leadership and industry disruption will be a tremendous asset to the organization as we continue to execute on our mission of giving back to our underserved communities.”
Fils-Aimé, who recently retired from Nintendo of America, was named President and COO in 2006 after leading the marketing organization as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2003. Prior to Nintendo, he worked in marketing for successful brands like Guinness and Pizza Hut. Fils-Aimé gained internet fame for his theatrical Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) introduction in 2004; from that point on, he was known throughout the gaming industry for being a passionate and visionary leader. Fils-Aimé is currently Managing Partner at Brentwood Growth Partners and a Leader-in-Residence at Cornell University.
“Drawing from my years of experience in the gaming industry for having a big picture perspective, and from my roots as a kid from the Bronx, joining the New York Videogame Critics Circle board of directors feels like a natural fit,” said Reggie Fils-Aimé. “I have an admiration for the work that the NYVGCC has accomplished in giving back to communities since its inception and can’t wait to jump in and contribute to the success of the organization.”
Along with the appointment of Fils-Aimé, members of the NYVGCC board of directors and officers include Ted Houghton (board chair), Harold Goldberg (board president and founder), Catharine Soros (board secretary) and Marc Mayer (board treasurer).
New York Videogame Critics Circle Programs Include:
DreamYard Project at DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx: Offering mentoring, internships, workshops, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underprivileged students.
Community events at The Henry Street Settlement: The New York Videogame Critics Circle has held the annual New York Game Awards at the Abrons Arts Center and brings games education to community events.
Mentoring at Older Adult Technology Services (O.A.T.S.), at their Senior Planet tech center in Manhattan's Chelsea area.
New York Public Library system and American Museum of Natural History panels: Talks and discussions about jobs in games, games history, and how games bring people together.