NAMA has named Craig Kushner, owner of Monumental Markets, the 2020 Operator of the Year.
NAMA Announces 2020 Operator of The Year: Craig Kushner, Owner, Monumental Markets
(CHICAGO) June 30, 2020— The 2020 NAMA Operator of the Year has been named: Craig Kushner, Owner, Monumental Markets. This is the second time Kushner has been recognized with this award; the first was in 2011.
According to the award nomination submitted on his behalf, “Craig’s dedication as long-time NAMA member, board member and driving force within advocacy speaks for itself. Our industry as a whole is better off for his efforts around taxation and markets. Craig and the team at Monumental have made innovation a priority, being pioneers in pre-kitting, VMS, and markets. Monumental recognized these advantages early to become one of the largest markets company in the USA. Craig has a vast network within the convenience services industry from his many years of involvement and is known for helping others become better operators.”
With operations in Maryland, DC and Virginia, Craig Kushner and partner David Gordon founded the company in 1991 as Monumental Vending. They opened their first micro market in 2011; in 2016, the company became the industry’s first market-only business and was renamed Monumental Markets.
About the Awards
A NAMA tradition, these awards recognize individuals who have served the industry and NAMA as leaders, innovators and advocates. This year, on July 9, winners will be acknowledged in a virtual celebration, including a video highlighting the vast achievements of each of the award winners.
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.