The Northwest Automatic Vending Association (NAVA) hosted a successful legislative day at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash.
NAVA President Brad Olney and NAVA Vice President Steve Vargas led the delegation of 10 operators, suppliers and brokers. The event, organized by legislative consultant Brad Boswell, continued the association’s focus educating lawmakers about the vending, coffee and refreshment services industry.
“The legislative day was an excellent opportunity for NAVA members to interact with their legislators,” said Sandy Larson, senior director and counsel, government affairs for NAMA, in a prepared statement. “Since many NAVA members met with these representatives in 2013, this year’s event provided an ideal opportunity to build and solidify these important relationships.”
During the event, the group also met with the Department of Health about guidelines being proposed by the health department for vending machines, meetings and events, cafeterias and state institutions.
“The discussion with the Department of Health was a valuable opportunity to share concerns about the proposed guidelines,” said Boswell. “By meeting with the department they were able to show their willingness to work toward a solution to meet the goals of the program.”
“Our legislative day was a huge success overall for NAVA and the vending, coffee and refreshment services industry in Washington,” Olney said. “The event was very well received by the legislators and their staff. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate what we are doing to promote health and wellness in our programs throughout the state.”