Kris Ellington, national account executive for Avanti Markets, has been elected the next president and first female president of the Ohio Automatic Merchandising Association (OAMA).
Elections took place on June 21, 2014 at the combined OAMA and Kentucky Automatic Merchandising Council (KAMC) annual meeting in Covington, KY. Elections were on a voting basis in which the current 14 OAMA board of directors voted.
After working for nine years for an international private label broker for a major grocery chain, Ellington entered the vending industry in 1998 as a vending broker for Statewide Brokerage in Twinsburg, OH. She worked several sales positions before becoming sales manager. In early 2012 Burdette Beckman, Inc., acquired Statewide Brokerage, and Ellington assumed the position of senior account executive. In 2013 Ellington began working as a national account executive for Avanti Markets, where she is now responsible for obtaining multi-site national companies to utilize the micro market concept.
“I want to make a positive impact in OAMA and I believe my experience in grocery, vending and micro markets will help provide this in our association,” Ellington told VMW.
Ellington has been a member of OAMA since 1998. She joined the OAMA board of directors in 2010 as secretary/treasurer and became the first female to hold an officer position.