National Automatic Merchandising Association And Michigan State University To Offer Executive Development Program Oct. 21 To 25, 2012 In East Lansing, Mich.

The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) and Michigan State University (MSU) will again be offering the powerful and dynamic executive development program Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 21 to 25, 2012 at the MSU campus in East Lansing, Mich.

Recent graduates give the program stellar reviews and many agree that it’s the best investment in time and resources they have ever made. “It is tough to get away from the job and family for a week. I can truly say this was the best investment in time and resources I have ever made. If you are a leader or aspiring leader, your participation is a must,” Terry Touchton, vice president, sales and marketing, Vistar Corp. commented in a prepared statement. 

Video testimonials can be viewed at, under the education tab. The curriculum is intended to help attendees master everything from successfully integrating today’s technology applications and viewing the competition, to developing personal action plans and business strategies to strengthen the business. Participants will have ample opportunities to network and brainstorm with other industry leaders through classroom discussion and interactive case studies. 

The program’s distinguished faculty speakers include Dr. Bonnie Knutson, an authority on emerging lifestyle trends and creative marketing strategies. Industry experts include Geoff Paul, president of Excelso Coffee Co., and Dr. Ray Schmidgall, Ph.D., CPA, Hilton Hotels professor of hospitality financial management and The School of Hospitality Business accounting and financial management expert. 

Over the past years, over 400 professionals in the vending and coffee service industry have completed the NAMA EDP. The registration fee includes four and half days of customized curriculum, all educational materials, personalized MSU certificate of completion and most meals. For more information, contact Joann DeNardis at, or visit , and click on education to download a brochure to register today.

Editor’s Insight: The executive development program is an outstanding educational experience for vending managers. As a graduate myself, I can attest to the outstanding quality of this industry specific training.
One thing that everyone who participates can expect from this program is that it will challenge them. The program is participatory and everyone is expected to work on a project that will challenge them to the fullest and in the process, reward them with more commitment to succeed in this every changing and exciting industry. 05-29-12 By Elliot Maras