National Automatic Merchandising Association Seeks Nominations For Annual Industry Awards

The February 1st deadline for nominations for the 2011 National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) vending, coffee service and foodservice industry awards is right around the corner, NAMA Vice President of Sales and Service Dean Gilland, NCE5, CCS, announced. These awards recognize deserving individuals and companies for professional achievements in vending, coffee service, and foodservice management.

The industry awards program will take place Thursday at 4:30 p.m. April 28, at Center Stage on the trade show floor during NAMA's OneShowSM at McCormick Place North in Chicago, IL. OneShow will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 27-29.

In discussing this year's awards search Gilland said in a prepared statement, "We are looking for the extraordinary members who represent our industry's finest leaders. They deserve to be honored for their talents, dedication and accomplishments which in the end benefit all of us."

Industry award candidates must be NAMA members in good standing, demonstrate a history of leadership and service to their communities and to the industry through efforts with NAMA and state associations. They must be innovative, possess a willingness to expand conventional practices and practice consistent ethical business standards in accordance with the NAMA code of ethics.

Added Gilland, "Attendance at the OneShow is a must because it encompasses everything that's new in the industry, and it's the only time you can see it all at once. The Industry Awards Program not only celebrates the talents, dedication and accomplishments of our extraordinary members, it is an excellent opportunity to network and mingle with old friends."

Nominations are welcome in one or all categories:

2011 NAMA Vending Operator of the Year Award – The NAMA Vending Operator of the Year Award recognizes an individual and their company who has exhibited the highest level of integrity, dedication, and leadership in the vending industry and demonstrated the promotion of NAMA's Balanced for Life campaign. Candidates must have developed and implemented practices to combat obesity, ideally in schools and business institutions. The recipient of this award must excel in all areas of business and show leadership within the community.

2011 NAMA Coffee Service Operator of the Year Award – The Coffee Service Operator of the Year Award recognizes an individual and their company who has exhibited the highest level of integrity, dedication, and leadership in the coffee service industry.  The recipient of this award must excel in all areas of business and show leadership within the community.

20101 NAMA Allied Member of the Year – Vending – The Allied Member of the Year - Vending award recognizes an individual and their company who has exhibited the highest level of integrity, dedication, and leadership in the vending industry and demonstrated the promotion of NAMA's Balanced for Life campaign. Candidates must have developed and implemented practices to combat obesity, ideally in schools and business institutions. The recipient of this award must excel in all areas of business and show leadership within the community.

2011 NAMA Allied Member of the Year – Coffee – The Allied Member of the Year - Coffee award recognizes an individual and their company who has exhibited the highest level of integrity, dedication, and leadership in the coffee service industry. The recipient of this award must excel in all areas of business and show leadership within the community.

2011 NAMA Industry Person of the Year Award – The NAMA Industry Person of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has consistently exemplified the highest standards of professional excellence throughout his or her career in the vending, coffee service, or foodservice management industry and who has been an inspiration to others.

Final choices will be made by the selection committee which is made up of past award winners, current Committee members and industry personnel. The nomination process is entirely online and the Committee will consider e-mail nominations only. They must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 1. Results will be published in March. For additional information or an online nomination form, visit www.vending.org and click on Industry Awards.

"Get online now to nominate your people. They deserve recognition for their dedication and commitment to our industry which in the end benefits us all," concluded Gilland.

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