Brent Garson, left, introduces his father, Lester Garson, during the cake cutting at the 50th anniversary Vendors Exchange International open house.
Brent Garson, right, of Vendors Exchange International, shows a machine front to Steve Marx of Royal Vending, Maple Grove, Minn.
Lawrence Binksy, left, of Advantage Food & Beverage Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, chats with Len Morris and Greg Pastore of Serex Services Inc., based in Youngstown, Ohio.
Tom Ries of Firelands Food Systems Inc. in Sandusky, Ohio, left, learns about water filtration from Jim Nelson of Everpure.
Lisa Garson of Vendors Exchange International welcomes Jimmy Variglotti of the Cuyahoga Group in Maple Heights, Ohio to the open house.
Scott Meskin, left, of Black Tie Services Inc. in Baltimore, Md., chats with Shanon Sobota, Karl Truhan and Bobby Yasinow of Vendors Exchange International.
Dale Dardis, center, of Vendors Exchange International, welcomes Corey and Jeff McKool of A-1 Vending in Windber, Pa
Approximately 160 vending operators and suppliers came from all over the country to the Vendors Exchange International Inc. headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio for the company’s 50th anniversary open house.
The attendees were treated to demonstrations throughout the day on VEII technology: the Make Informed Nutrition Decisions (MIND) nutrition screen, the Revision door, LED lighting, and the universal control board.
Attendees received door prices and discounts provided by several exhibitors.
Michigan State University Professor Michael Kasavana, Ph.D., CHTP, gave a presentation on the impact of technology on the industry.
Dean Gilland, NCE5, CCS, vice president of sales and service of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), attended the event, along with Sue Ralston, CEM, director of sales and service for the NAMA OneShow.
Following the tours and demonstrations, attendees were treated to a dinner at the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant near the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.