NAMA Announces Industry Award Honorees For 2020

June 24, 2020

NAMA will honor its 2020 industry person, operator and allied member of the year on July 9 through a virtual celebration.  

(CHICAGO) June 24, 2020 — The 2020 winners of the NAMA Industry Awards were announced today by the association. The awards, to be celebrated July 9, recognize widely respected leaders in the industry. Importantly, each year the nomination and selection process for the NAMA Industry Awards is entirely peer driven, with submissions encouraged by all NAMA members and selections determined by a panel of peers.

The 2020 NAMA Industry Award winners:

• Nicky Gacos, Owner, Colorado Café Associates – Industry Person of the Year

• Craig Kushner, President, Monumental Markets -- Operator of the Year

• Greg Garson, Vice President of Sales, Vendors Exchange International -- Allied Member of the Year

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

“This year, since we were unable to host the NAMA Show in Nashville, we’re acknowledging their achievements in a new and different way.  And we’re inviting everyone to join us on July 9 to take part in the virtual celebration of these talented leaders.”

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.

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $26 billion U.S. convenience services industry.  With nearly 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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