(CHICAGO) May 22, 2015 – The Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council (MAMC) recently hosted its first legislative day at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The event was held in conjunction with the MAMC annual board meeting.
The legislative event focused on building relationships with state legislators, and 15 MAMC members met with more than 22 lawmakers during their time at the Capitol. NAMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Eric Dell was also in attendance.
“This inaugural legislative day was a big success for MAMC,” Dell said. “It was an excellent opportunity for the members to introduce themselves and the industry to their legislators, and establish relationships that they can build on in the future. The attendees focused on updating their elected officials on their impact on their districts as it relates to jobs, taxes and opportunities created by their individual businesses.”
MAMC President Steve Marx echoed Dell’s sentiments and said he was pleased with the event. “Our Legislative day was a huge success for MAMC and the refreshment services industry in Minnesota,” Marx said. “The event was very well received by our legislators and helped focus attention on issues affecting our industry and the contributions our industry makes to the state’s economy.”
MAMC held its annual meeting following the legislative day. Special guests included Ben Miller, Bureau Chief, and Lorna Jensen-Girard, Food Inspection Supervisor from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the new state recommendations related to micro markets and provided the participants with an opportunity to discuss the requirements with the representatives that will be overseeing the program in Minnesota, ensuring compliance by the industry.
Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $42 billion U.S. vending and refreshment service industry. With more than 1500 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.