Joe Hessling has been elected chair of the board of directors for the National Automatic Merchandising Association. He succeeds Josh Rosenberg, who was elected to serve a one-year term a year ago.
Hessling is founder and chief executive of 365 Retail Markets, a leader in self-checkout workplace technology. He founded Troy, MI-based 365 in 2008, with the mission of delivering dynamic workplace technology to transform breakrooms and connect employees at work.
“Joe’s proven dedication to the convenience services industry and its success makes him an essential partner as chair,” said NAMA president and chief executive Carla Balakgie. “His fearless and innovative mindset will be invaluable as we navigate the changing nature of our world. I can’t imagine a better time for the industry to benefit from his foresight and leadership.”
Hessling takes leadership as NAMA accelerates its efforts to help the industry transcend recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and drive growth.
“I couldn’t be more excited about leading this great organization for the next year,” Hessling said. “I have seen many changes in my career within the industry and believe that we are now experiencing the most positive tailwinds that will solidify the convenience services industry for the long term.”
Hessling was recognized as NAMA’s Industry Person of the Year in 2018 and received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award that same year. His company was named among Crain’s Michigan Fast 50, one of the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies two years in a row.