Survey Gives High Marks To National Automatic Merchandising Association's Supervisor Development Program

The National Automatic Merchandising Association's (NAMA) Supervisor Development Program provides the knowledge and tools to solve some of the biggest challenges employers face, NAMA Senior Director OneShowSM and Education LyNae Schleyer NCE, CMP, said, after reviewing a March 2011 survey by Careerbuilder.

Careerbuilder, a company that helps businesses build their work forces and helps job seekers connect with employers, conducted a nationwide survey among more than 2,480 U.S. employers and 3,910 workers and the results were telling, said Schleyer.

According to Careerbuilder, when employers and workers were asked "What was the biggest challenge for a person in a management position?" they replied, "dealing with issues between co-workers on my team; motivating team members, performance reviews, finding the resources needed to support the team, and creating career paths for my team."

All five of these issues are directly addressed in the Supervisor Development Program, NAMA's popular course for supervisors and managers, which will be held prior to the NAMA OneShowSM in Chicago, April 27 to 29.

This newly redesigned two and a half-day educational program for entry-level managers, mid-level supervisors and even non-supervisors who are accountable in their businesses is taught by industry professionals, business consultants and a university professor whose topics include decision-making, time management, communications, problem solving, personal selling skills, leadership, customer relations and effective employee management.

A wide variety of vending, coffee and supplier companies have already registered for the program. They include: Filterfresh Coffee Service, The Light Vending Co., Aramark, and Jackson Brothers Vending.

"The very popular Supervisor Development Program now claims about 300 graduates. They say that the knowledge and tools that they gain enable them to succeed in their positions and help their businesses grow," said Schleyer.

Cost for the program has not increased from last year with member pricing still $1,299 for the first seat. Companies interested in sending more than one employee can take advantage of the $300 discount on each additional registrant from your company. The fee includes sessions led by industry leaders, several meals and breaks, learning materials and a graduation certificate.

Registration is now open at All program registrants are eligible for a 50 percent discount on their One Show admission fee.