Around The Country, U.S. Legislators Visit Vending Companies

Nov. 11, 2013

NAMA announced that Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Ala.) visited The Pepi Companies and Georgia state Senator Steve Henson visited Southern Refreshment Services last week.

NAMA Board Member Vic Pemberton, founder of The Pepi Companies, hosted U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Ala.) at the company’s headquarters in Dothan, Ala.

“Rep. Roby’s stopover to The Pepi Companies was yet another effective way to showcase the industry to federal officials when they return home to conduct work in their congressional districts,” said Sheree Edwards, NAMA legislative director, in a prepared statement. “Congresswoman Roby is a supporter of America’s small businesses, and especially so for those in her district, such as Pepi. During the visit, she was very interested in understanding the contributions the industry makes to the economy and the communities they serve,” Edwards continued.

Rep. Roby has served in Congress since January 2011 representing Alabama’s second Congressional district.

“Congresswoman Roby is an excellent leader in Alabama and in Congress, and we were honored to host her during her district visit here in Dothan,” said Vic Pemberton. “We were excited to show her the level of expansion that our company has sustained over the years, due largely to our commitment to explore various avenues of vending and food service and provide quality products to our customers. Further, we are proud of our focus on providing high quality food throughout vending and micro market channels,” Pemberton said.

In addition, state Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson visited Southern Refreshment Services in Tucker, Ga. this past week.

“Sen. Henson’s visit to Southern Refreshment Services was a valuable way to demonstrate the power and scope of small business and the industry,” said Edwards, who was in attendance. “Sen. Henson understands that small businesses are the cornerstone of the state’s economy – and the Southern Refreshments team did an excellent job of conveying the key messages about the issues that are impacting the industry in Georgia,” she continued.  

“We were honored to host Sen. Henson at our facilities,” said Scott Plaisted of Southern Refreshment Services, a member of the NAMA Emerging Leaders Network. “He has a long-standing reputation in the Georgia Senate and among his constituents as being supportive of legislation and policies that will keep businesses moving forward. We are thrilled that he was interested in learning about the economic contributions that our industry and our company provides to the state, as well as the proactive steps that we’ve taken to provide quality products and services to our customers,” he said.

“This is a great example of state advocacy in action,” Edwards said. “We thank the team at Southern Refreshment Services, for taking time to help foster the relationship with the Senate Minority Leader, which benefits the state association and the industry overall,” she concluded.


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