Charles Edward Bertsch, who founded Bertsch Vending Co. in Warsaw, Ind., recently passed away at age 89.
“Charles was a visionary leader who combined an extraordinary career in our industry with a clear commitment to his family and community,” said Carla Balakgie, NAMA president and CEO. “As many of our members who knew him well have said, his influence on NAMA both as a long-time, active member and as chair of the board was vital to the association’s growth and success.”
“He was truly amazing man who we are going to miss dearly. He had passion and determination which led Bertsch Vending Co. to tremendous growth in the Indiana market,” said Steve Ross, chairman emeritus of NAMA.
In 1948, Charles and his wife June founded Bertsch Vending Co. in Warsaw, Indiana. Charles served as chairman of NAMA’s Board of Directors in 1976. He also served as chairman and charter member of the board of governors of the Indiana Vending Council.
In addition to building his vending operation, Bertsch ran a fertilizer company, built a Holiday Inn, managed the Wagon Wheel Playhouse and was part owner of a paper cup factory in South Carolina. He sold Bertsch Vending Co. in 2009 and retired in North Carolina.
His many industry honors included being named “Man of the Year” in 1981 by the Warsaw (Indiana) Chamber of Commerce; “Man of the Century” in 2000 by the Indiana Vending Council and “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2001 by Ernst and Young.
Bertsch is survived by his daughter, Dianne Leslie Bertsch, his grandson, Jordan Christopher Shamp and his granddaughter-in-law, Mindy Leigh Shamp. A memorial service in Warsaw, Indiana will be held at a future time, as yet undetermined. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army, Post Office Box 175, Warsaw, Indiana, 46581.