NAMA Announces 2019 Industry Award Honorees, Upcoming Events

April 4, 2019

(CHICAGO) April 4, 2019— The 2019 winners of the NAMA Industry Awards were announced today by the association. The awards, to be presented live at the NAMA Show in Las Vegas, Wednesday, April 24, will recognize the most widely respected leaders in the industry, as nominated by their peers.

The 2019 NAMA Industry Award winners:

• Heidi Chico, CEO, U-Select-It – Industry Person of the Year

•Peter Fetherston, CEO, Canteen -- Operator of the Year

• Larry Atnip, VP Atnip Co., Inc. and President, Premier Broker Partners  --  Allied Member of the Year

“A treasured NAMA tradition, these awards recognize individuals who have served the industry and NAMA as leaders, innovators and advocates,” said Carla Balakgie, NAMA CEO. “Heidi, Peter and Larry have helped their companies achieve success while devoting their time and talent to advancing the industry as a whole and supporting their colleagues and communities. I congratulate each of them on this well-deserved honor.”

About the Awards

The NAMA Industry Awards are presented to individuals that best exemplify support of the convenience services industry through a history of service and leadership throughout the industry and in their own communities. They must be innovative, possess a willingness to expand conventional practices and follow ethical business standards in accordance with the NAMA code of ethics.

Exciting NAMA Show Experiences

Announcing NAMA Jam!

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30PM – 7:00PM; Open to all registered NAMA Show attendees

Supercharge your networking and rev up your NAMA Show experience at this energizing opening-night soiree. The evening will feature cocktails and a live performance from the award-winning Clif Bar Grove Valve Orchestra – voted best corporate band by FORTUNE magazine!

Sponsored by 365 Retail Markets, Premier Broker Partners & Clif Bar & Co.

New Product Zone & People’s Choice Awards

The #1 reason operators attend The NAMA Show is to discover new products and suppliers, so we’ve conveniently gathered them in the New Product Zone, an interactive, high-traffic area at the entrance of the exhibit hall that highlights a collection of up-and-coming, innovative new products for the convenience and vending industries.

Attendees will be able to not only see these new products but also scan those items of greatest interest and, in real time, receive a summary listing along with information about where to find their selections on the show floor.

Plus, this year will feature the new People’s Choice Awards! As attendees scan for product information, they are casting a vote to help determine the most popular of the New Product Zone! Winners will be announced at the close of the show.

A full list of what you’ll see in the New Product Zone can be found here:

About The NAMA Show

The NAMA Show is the place to get the resources you need to achieve your business goals and network with the entire convenience services industry. Discover new technology, products and services from hundreds of exhibitors, understand how to leverage emerging trends, and build a powerful network of industry allies to grow your business at the premier event for vending, coffee services, micro market and foodservice professionals. Register today at

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $25 billion U.S. convenience services industry.  With more than 1,000-member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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