Raymond Geary Miller of Southern Refreshment Services, Tucker, Ga., second from right, accepts the Automatic Merchandiser 2009 Route Driver of the Year Award from Paul Schindelar of Kraft Vending & OCS, right. At left is Dan Hart, president of Southern Refreshment Services, and Miller’s wife, Jacquelyn.
Curtis Wokal of Northwest Distributing Co. in Portland, Ore. accepts the Automatic Merchandiser 2009 Readers Choice distributor of the year award.
George Yost, left, of Premier Services, Denver, Colo., accepts the Automatic Merchandiser 2009 Readers’ Choice vending operator of the year award from Elliot Maras of Automatic Merchandiser.
Rafael Rosario of Port Orchard, Wash., left, receives the Automatic Merchandiser 2009 Readers’ Choice OCS operator of the year award from Elliot Maras of Automatic Merchandiser.
Keith Bottorff, left, of Suchart Vend Brokerage LLC, Overland Park, Kan. accepts the Automatic Merchandiser 2009 Readers’ Choice broker of the year award.
Don Collins, of Masterfoods USA, third from right, accepts the Automatic Merchandiser 2009 Readers’ Choice manufacturer of the year award. At left is John Gordon, Al Kim, John Seeberger, Rick Ruth, Stacey Soik, Mike Chwieroth and Brent Barker.
Cliff Whitehead, left, and Billy Caulder of Flowers Foods accept the Automatic Merchandiser new pastry product of the year award for Broad Street Bakery Cinn-Fully Delicious Coffee Cakes.
Paul Hohmann, left, and Randy Collins of Shamrock Farms accept the Automatic Merchandiser new dairy product of the year award for Rockin’ Refuel.
Jon Finger of Kar’s Nuts accepts the Automatic Merchandiser new food product of the year award for Bumble Bee Chicken BBQ With Crackers.
Bill Dennis of Kar’s Nuts receives the Automatic Merchandiser new snack of the year award for Goin’ Granola.
Kelly Knight, left, and Mike Knowlton of Kellogg accept the Automatic Merchandiser new cookie of the year award for Kellogg’s FiberPlus Antioxidant Bar.
Charlie Orwig, left, and Kelly Brennan of Kraft Vending & OCS accept the Automatic Merchandiser new hot beverage of the year award for Tassimo Professional’s Gevalia T-DISC.
Brent Barker, left, and John Seeberger of Masterfoods USA accept the Automatic Merchandiser new candy of the year for Three Musketeers Truffle Crisp Bar.
Kara Schnabel of So Nu Beverages accepts the Automatic Merchandiser new cold beverage of the year award for Pomegranate/Acai from Elliot Maras of Automatic Merchandiser.
Bud Burke, second from left, MacKenzie Coffee & Vending Services LLC, Allentown, Pa., presents an award of recognition to Jim Clark, the instructor for the Edison Fareira High School vending repair program in Philadelphia, Pa. At left is NAMA president Rich Geerdes. At right is program graduate Tony Ortiz.
Rachel Greenley of Starbucks presents the Seattle’s Best Coffee branded bean-to-cup machine to Jim Vreeland of A.H. Vending in Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Former NFL manager Marv Levy, center, greets attendees at the Apriva Vend booth. At left are Mitch Rosenfeld, Robin Houston, Robin Rotz, Stacey Tappin, Sheryl Paparella and Mike Morrison.
Elliott Slutzky, right, Coffee Unlimited LLC in Chicago, learns about Del Monte Fresh products from Jeff Murray and Mary Ann Sexton.
National Automatic Merchandising Association industry award winners honored at the show are, at left: Vend Operator of the Year, Greg Carron, Rainbow Vending, San Diego, Calif.; Coffee Allied Member of the Year, Sid Lindholm, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.; Industry Person of the Year, Ben Ginsberg, Vending & OCS (retired); Coffee Operator of the Year, Leo Fante, Consumers Choice Coffee, Louisville, Ky.; and Vend Allied Member of the Year, Doug Gillie, Vistar Corp., Ontario, Calif.
Brent Garson of Vendors Exchange International Inc. presents the multi-functional Revision® door.
Ross Ulrich, left, and Al Roque of Fastcorp present the Schwan’s Food Service branded frozen machines.
Kelly Collins presents White Castle’s new mustard to Raymond Geary Miller of Southern Refreshment Services in Tucker, Ga.
Brian Fischer, left and Peter Lessels, second from right, explain the Cantaloupe Seed system to Steve Hall, Sr., second from left, and Steve Hall, Jr. of Firelands Vending in Sandusky, Ohio.
John Dalley of J.M. Smucker Co., left, Rob Martin of Rocky Mountain Bottled Water, Littleton, Colo., and Steve Hyde of BrewTek LLC visit the Folgers booth.
Jessica Liva and Robert Liva II of Tuffronts notice more operators looking at area treatments and custom graphics.
Jim Richardson, center, and his sons, Jason, left, and Cole Richardson welcome attendees to the Wow! Foods booth.
Jeff Busch of Coca-Cola North America presents the Coke Interactive Vendor.
Brent Campbell, left, Reid Greenberg and Laura Freed of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. present the company’s business-to-business commercial online marketing tool.
Chuck Reed of MEI presents the coin changer and bill recycler.
Gary Fetsko shows the Merchant 6 combination machine from Crane Merchandising Systems.
The first National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow drew an enthusiastic crowd to the new McCormick Place West in Chicago in April as vending operators from across the country mingled with product, technology and equipment suppliers for three days. Attendance surpassed expectations, running about 20 percent ahead of last year’s national expo, and the exhibitor count at the trade show posted a similar increase.
Attendees crowded into conference rooms for education sessions on coffee, technology standards, cashless vending, social media, new regulations and other topics.
Operators were entertained by a variety of acts that mounted the stage in the middle of the trade show floor. Attendees were uplifted by three keynote speakers: Herman Cain, Ted Koppel and Terry Bradshaw.
Mike Ditka presented the NAMA industry awards on the trade show floor.