Emerging Leaders: Taking On Expanded Roles For The Industry Overall

July 25, 2014

(CHICAGO) July 24, 2014 – NAMA Emerging Leaders throughout the association are adding value as they take on expanded roles at NAMA and industry-related events.

Jennifer Skidmore, of J&J Vending, demonstrated ELN’s commitment to being a voice for the industry in her recent Op Ed in which she wrote about her opposition to a proposed soda tax in Berkeley, Ca. Skidmore testified against the tax at a recent Berkeley City Council meeting, shedding light on the challenges it would pose to the vending industry and small business owners. Read Jennifer’s article here: http://www.losangelesregister.com/articles/taxes-602261-beverage-vending.html

Also taking their leadership to the next level are Mike Kelley, Brandon Emmons, and Jeff West, Jr., who spoke to more than 50 attendees at the recent Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council meeting. Their discussion focused on ELN’s growing involvement in the association overall, including attending the Public Policy Conference, participating in panels at CTW, fundraising for the NAMA Foundation and joining advocacy efforts around the country.

In addition to presenting at the meeting, ELN members held the important role of Tri-State AMC Meeting Chair the past two years – Jeff West, Jr. in 2014 and Mike Kelley in 2013. Mike Kelley and Brandon Emmons also serve on ELN’s Steering Committee.

“As ELN Chair, I’m pleased that we’re delivering on our goal to make a contribution to the industry overall,” said Paul Tullio.

“We are putting a new face on vending and refreshment services, building on the successes of industry veterans,” said Mike Kelley. “There are many young entrepreneurs working to better serve our industry as a whole. “

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $42 billion U.S. vending and refreshment service industry.  With more than 1800 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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