NAMA Announces Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Sept. 1, 2015

(CHICAGO) September 1, 2015 – The NAMA Foundation is pleased to announce the three recipients of its second annual NAMA Scholars scholarship program, said Lindsey Nelson, NAMA Executive Director of Development/NAMA Foundation.

Mark West, Sales Representative, West Dairy; Elyssa Allahyar-Steiner, VP of Sales & Marketing, Avanti Markets; and Lance Deagon, Vending Operations Manager, Gourmet Coffee Service will each be awarded full program scholarships and a travel stipend to attend the 2015 NAMA Executive Development Program at Michigan State University. Each scholarship is valued at $3,375.

“Once again, this year’s pool of applicants impressed the Selection Committee making the task of selecting only three recipients a challenge,” Nelson said. “I think I speak on behalf of the entire Selection Committee when I say that this year’s recipients really stood out in the front of the pack with their impressive resumes, accomplishments in their own companies and service to NAMA, state councils and the industry at-large.”

The NAMA Scholars program is funded annually through participation in Foundation-sponsored events such as the Silent Auction, year-end Annual Appeal and through voluntary contributions made along with NAMA member dues renewals.

For more information about the NAMA Foundation, please visit

About EDP: NAMA’s Executive Development Program, taking place at Michigan State University in East Lansing on October 18-22nd, is designed for senior-level leaders in vending, coffee service and foodservice who are key decision-makers in areas of finance, marketing, operations and human resource management.

This five-day intensive and highly-interactive course, featuring professors from the renowned Broad School of Hospitality Business, explores topics including strategic leadership, business analytics, financial analysis and negotiation strategies.

For more information and to register for EDP, visit:

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $25 billion U.S. vending and refreshment service industry. With more than 1250 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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