Automatic Merchandiser featured Jim Contis in 1984.
Jim Contis of Zenith Vending in Chicago Ill., passed away Feb. 7, 2013. Contis ran Zenith, one of the largest vending companies in the nation, for more than 25 years. He retired from Zenith Vending and went on to run Food Industry News from 1982 until his passing in February. He would have turned 86.
Contis is survived by his partner Paula Mueller, daughter Valerie Miller and son David Contis.
"His philosophy...was, 'Protect the Monastery,'" Mueller told VendingMarketWatch, "which meant watch the business. [and also] Be a we, we -- not a me, me.” He will surely be missed.