The principals, with over three hundred years of combined resources in the vending and amusement businesses joined to establish a quality driven company.
Richard J Scherer
Richard Scherer, President and founder of Pelican Communications, Inc., has been in the vending and amusement business since leaving USC in 1972. He was brought up in the business trained by his father Jay Scherer. In 1975, Richard was promoted to president of Oakland Cigarette Service, Inc., aka Oakland Vending Service, a subsidiary of Canteen and then in 1990, TD Rowe Corporation. During this time, Richard was instrumental in the diversification of Oakland Cigarette into the operation of jukeboxes, pinball games, video games, pool tables and pay telephones. He served as a vice president of AMOA, a National trade association for the promotion of the amusement game and jukebox industry and was president of CCMA, the California association representing the video game industry during the boom years of the 80’s. In 1993, Richard formed Pelican Communications, Inc., to operate pay telephones and manage the vending and amusement for Regional and National accounts. Today, Pelican owns and operates over 1800 pay telephones (Pelican Communications), operates amusement equipment in over 600 taverns (PelicanTunes) and manages over 35000 pieces of vending and amusement equipment, Nationwide (The Pelican Group). Pelican is a closely held corporation, located in Danville, CA.
Executive Vice President
Jason Scherer has been involved in the Amusement and Vending industry since he was 12 years old. He started off spending the summer breaks repairing pool cues and cleaning equipment at Oakland Vending Service for his dad, Richard Scherer. During Pelicans’ early years, Jason accompanied his dad on the initial Costco Wholesale Vending program and met many of the vendors Pelican works with today. Always a “hands on” person, Jason has been directly involved in the installation of over 2,000 pay telephones for Pelicans’ Public Pay Telephone division from 1996 until early 2003. After 7 years of running the phone division he returned to the road and began inspecting and meeting with vendors at all National Vending and Amusement accounts across the county. Jason is proud to be a graduate of Notre Dame’s AMOA Business Executive program. Today, Jason is responsible for all areas of Operations, Account Management and New Business Development. “I have grown-up in the industry and every day I am more and more excited to see the opportunities to grow the business with our incredible network of vendors and product manufacturers”. Jason is currently the Executive Vice President and hopes to continue learning from Pelicans’ veteran staff and industry executives he holds closely as mentors and leaders.
Executive Vice President
Sean is responsible for the company's strategic operations, overseeing a team of Regional Managers, and continuing initiatives with The Pelican Group's diverse client base. Sean joined The Pelican Group in 2002, where he was promoted through the ranks of Regional Manager to Vice President of National Accounts to his current position. Prior to joining the Pelican team, Sean managed company operations for an Atlanta-based amusement company where he gained his experience in the amusement industry. Outside of the coin-op industry, Sean’s career after college began with Merrill Lynch.He graduated with a Finance and Accounting degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.
Director of National Sales
Laura Allen joined the staff of The Pelican Group as Director of National Sales as a result of the acquisition of Win Stuff. Laura served as vice president of Win Stuff, the leading licensed toy crane company for 8 years and was responsible for running the skilled crane division, driving all major sales initiatives. Before joining Win Stuff, Allen served as CFO of Folz Vending. Folz was a national bulk vending company providing service to over 200,000 bulk heads across the country. Folz’s major clients included Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Safeway, Kroger and K-Mart. Allen is a CPA and received her audit training at Grant Thornton, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms.
Regional Manager, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast US
Based out of Atlanta, GA, Brad will be responsible for managing the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast territory for the Pelican Group. Brad comes to Pelican with over 20 years of knowledge and experience in the coin-op industry where his coin-op journey began with Pocket Change, a Midwest-based arcade chain. After a few years with PocketChange, he accepted a position in Columbus, GA with Carmike Cinemas where he maintained the theater chain's game operations and FEC game rooms. In 2001, Brad left Carmike Cinemas to help build Premier Game Company. As Director of Operations with Premier, he oversaw and managed all facets of the Company's operations. Brad states, "I am pleased to have the opportunity to join such a talented group of people. With their expertise and knowledge of the industry, they have what it takes to drive client profits through the services they provide.
Regional Manager, Northeast US
Darin began his amusement career in 1983 working as an arcade attendant with Barrel of Fun (later to be purchased by Atari then Namco). He advanced through the many operational ranks at Namco until he was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Operations to manage the equipment department, merchandise department, technical department & other support services. Darin transitioned to head up the business development department as Vice President in which he managed a team to negotiate leases and secure new accounts for Namco USA. He worked with clients such as Walmart, Disney, AMC Theatres, Caribbean Cinemas, Cici’s Pizza, Boyd Gaming, Mall of America, US Navy and many other high profile clients. In April 2015, Darin joined The Pelican Group and now leads the management of operators in the Northern US and well as being the account manager for companies such as Travel Centers of America, Cinemark & K1 Speed.
Regional Manager, Central US
Jeff McKenney comes from a long line of family operators; he was introduced to vending at any early age working at his grandfather’s vending company. He later spent 8 years in the U.S. Army before returning to the coin-op industry in the early 90’s and back to the family business, Kofe Kady Vending based in Houston, Texas. Jeff later moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area assuming the role of General Manager and Vice President of a local amusement and full-line vending company. Jeff has also worked for Texas vending giant Mcliff Coffee & Vending serving as the North Texas Branch Manager. He joined The Pelican Group in early 2014, is based in Texas and serves as the Central U.S. Regional Manager covering TX, LA, MS, OK, AR, KS, MO, NE, IA, S.D., N.D. &MN.
Regional Manager, Western US
Casey Scherer, the youngest son of Richard Scherer, started working with The Pelican Group when he was just 16 years old. His first job was counting quarters in the coin room. Not long after that Casey moved his way up the ladder at The Pelican Group and started with collections which included the responsibility of driving a route. In the coming years, Casey learned many avenues of the vending business. Casey now was well rounded in Amusements, Payphones, Juke Box installations, sales and collections. In 2014 Casey was promoted to Regional Manager Support to help vendors and Regionals make each location shine to its full potential. Casey traveled all over the country inspecting locations to better help vendors with how equipment should look and preform to maximize revenue and curb appeal. Over the years, Casey has performed many Revenue Enhancement Visits and continues to help the customer and the vendor to better understand the vending business. In 2017, Casey was promoted to Regional Manager overseeing and managing the operations in the West, including Alaska and Hawaii.
The Pelican Group’s national headquarters is based in the San Francisco Bay Area in the town of Danville, California. We have 6 regional offices and vendors in all 50 states – including Puerto Rico and Canada. Regional Offices are as follows:
New York, NY
Palm Springs, CA
In addition to our regional offices, our network of more than 600 operators allows Pelican to provide clients with unrivaled service.