NAMA is celebrating the achievement of raising $5 million through its capital campaign, Positioning for Growth.
“First and foremost, we wish to thank all of our supporters for our $5 million ‘mission accomplished’.We believe the response from our industry, representing broad-based involvement from operators, suppliers, distributors and manufacturers alike, is affirmation that NAMA is on the right track.What we’ve heard is that our members agree that the tenets of the campaign – research, advocacy and thought-leadership – resonate,” said NAMA CEO Carla Balakgie, in a prepared statement.
“Our members have stepped up to make sure NAMA has resources necessary to execute with excellence, clearly demonstrating their commitment to ensuring a strong future for the industry,” she continued. “Furthermore, we recognize the pivotal role Pepsico Foodservice has had in ensuring our success. Through Tom Reynolds’ leadership, Pepsico Foodservice set the initial tone for the overall campaign with their $1 million announcement in early 2012. The impact of the momentum their commitment had on inspiring other donors cannot be overstated.”
“The National Steering Committee of fourteen, led by Jim Terry, NAMA Chairman Emeritus, Howard Chapman, Royal Cup, and Marc Whitener, Refreshment Solutions, has also done an outstanding job reaching out to their colleagues, increasing awareness and enthusiasm for our campaign and NAMA’s vision. Overall, we’re celebrating our accomplishment of reaching the $5 million mark, which is great news for our industry,” said Lindsey Nelson, executive director of the NAMA Foundation.
“We are thankful to members of NAMA’s CTW contingent, especially Nestle, Burdette Beckman and Nasim Salimi and Reed Barton of the Sodexo Vending and Convenience Solutions Team and Sodexo Vending Alliance Network, respectively. Not only have they helped push us over our fundraising goal on the heels of the 2013 CTW Show, but they further validate that PFG is a cause well worth supporting and gives the industry something truly positive to be proud of,” continued Nelson.