NAMA Executive Development Program Alumni Share Their Experiences

Sept. 10, 2015

(CHICAGO) September 10, 2015 – NAMA’s Executive Development Program, taking place October 18-22 at Michigan State University, aims to accelerate the careers of high-potential leaders, providing them with the tools and techniques necessary to succeed in business and grow in their professional lives.

Designed for senior level leaders, the program teaches key decision makers how to move a company to the next level in the competitive marketplace. EDP will also provide attendees with techniques for growing business revenue, solving complex business problems and enhancing personal leadership skills.

Here’s what EDP graduates had to say about their experiences:

“EDP gave me the opportunity to realize my true leadership potential while also teaching me new concepts and tools that have enhanced my strategic planning knowledge and skills. I have noticed such a positive change in my personal and professional life, since completing the program. I go into every situation reminding myself to communicate, collaborate, motivate and set and obtain goals. It is worth the time and effort for the return to any organization. My fellow Emerging Leaders should absolutely consider participating and continuing to pursue a higher level of professionalism in our industry.”

Mike Kelley, Quality Brokerage, ELN Chair

“The Executive Development Program gave me a deeper understanding of our industry and new insight into my colleagues as well as customers. The program is finely tuned to the refreshment services industry and challenges both veterans and newcomers. I learned so much about how to deal with the many challenges of the industry, including how to streamline the logistics process and the importance of a strong brand. This kind of intense training isn’t available in many other industries, so I feel very fortunate to have invested the time in EDP.” Angela Olson, Seaga, WIN Advisory Committee

“EDP was a one-of-a-kind experience. Not only do you build on the skillset and strengths you already have, you step out of your comfort zone and learn about other areas of business though the case studies and team exercises. Lessons learned during this intensive course can be immediately applied when you return to your office. It’s an incredible chance to work closely with renowned business professors and talented industry colleagues, helping you to grow in both your professional and personal life.” Cliff Whitehead, Flowers Foods, NAMA Board of Directors

For more details and to register, 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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