Mike Gron demonstrates Ruogo route management software on the trade show floor at Navy Pier.
Pete Betti, left, Richard Zayas Bazan and Aaron Lerner, all of Betson Enterprises, welcome Steve Silha of LaVazza Premium Coffees.
Ken Schmidt, former public relations director at Harley-Davidson, tells operators how the motorcycle manufacturer revived its image during his keynote presentation.
Author, economist, actor and humorist Ben Stein addresses the annual NAMA membership meeting.
Carl Reynolds, Sr., right, C&D Coffee and Vending Inc., Forest Park, Ga., chats with Joseph Trover at Landshire Inc.
Reid Greenberg, left, and Brock Hershman of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters display the company’s new B2B program.
J. Eric Hall, left, and André R. Wickham, right, of Diamond Crystal Brands award Bruce Brecht, Brecht Sales Associates in Wellington Fla., Broker of the Year.
Jim Nelson shows a host of new water filtration products from Everpure Inc.
Craig Lane, right, from Expert Vending Service Inc., in Birmingham, Ala., learns about the Del Monte Fresh Produce refrigerated vending machine and fresh, individually-wrapped fresh produce products from Juan Carlos Saque of Del Monte Fresh Produce.
Mike Jennison, right, and Tom Jennison of Akoona LLC present their ice and water vending machine.
Ignacio Santa Cruz, Crane Merchandising Systems, presents the Merchant Six snack machine.
Nick Braden of Mars Drinks North America introduces the Flavia Creation 200 and new Rainforest Alliance coffees.
Denise Singsime of Automatic Merchandiser learns about new merchandising capabilities from Brent Garson of Vendors Exchange International Inc.
Dave Remsing of Innovative Picking Technologies Inc. presents a “pick to light” product picking system for vending warehouses.
Morrie Paschke, left, Kraft Vending & OCS, serves Tassimo coffee to Jim Variglotti, Cuyahoga Group, Maple Heights, Ohio.
Rich O’Connell, left, and Josh White of Clark Products Inc. present new coffees.
Don Murray, left, Bill Schneider and John O’Brien serve Monogram Meat Snacks.
Michael Pierro, Fiabelli Foods, left, serves Bill Rogers of Rogers Vending, Elk Grove, Ill.
Debbie Hunt of Dippin’ Dots demonstrates the Dippin’ Dots machine at the Fastcorp booth.
Mark Bentley shows a video screen for the Multi Max system.
Mike Jones and Tina Lamontagne of Vistar serve attendees the Rovas chocolate bars.
Randy Smith, left, and Jason Leach demonstrate the LightSpeed system for vending warehouses.
Janie Bakke of SK Food Group discusses frozen and refrigerated food offered by Oven Pride with Ron Weber, Absolute Vending Service in Roselle, Ill.
Pat Tinkle, left, of Aramark, chats with Mike Lawlor at the USA Technologies Inc. booth.
Hillary Carter, left, and Maureen Lahote show the de Jong Duke coffee brewer with a video screen.
Vending and coffee service operators gathered at Chicago’s Navy Pier in late September for the last National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) National Expo under its 2-show per year format, which moves to one show per year next year. Despite a challenging economy, exhibitors were pleased with the operator turnout, thanks to the quality of the operators attending.
Operators, for their part, found plenty of new products, equipment and technology on the show floor. They also learned about some challenging governmental initiatives during the annual membership meeting.
Attendees were entertained at the annual meeting by humorist, author, economist and actor Ben Stein.
During a keynote presentation, Ken Schmidt, former Harley-Davidson public relations director, described how the motorcycle manufacturer revived its image and improved its sales.