Presenters Announced For NAMA’S New “Tech Talks” Seminar Las Vegas, October 6-7

Sept. 16, 2014

(CHICAGO) September 15, 2014 – Joann DeNardis, NAMA’s Director of Education/Certification, announced the presenters for NAMA’s new education seminar, Tech Talks: Leveraging Vending Technology to Increase Revenue.

Tech Talks, taking place October 6-7 in Las Vegas, will provide a comprehensive overview of vending technologies, including consumer interfacing, payment solutions and machine interoperability.

“Technology is a powerful tool, and it is growing every day in the vending and refreshment services industry, with breakthroughs in everything from payments to high-tech machines to inventory software,” DeNardis said.

“This program was created in response to our membership’s vested interest in technology education and the seminar is designed to provide participants with a roadmap to choosing and implementing technology seamlessly, to enhance and grow their business.”

Featured speakers and topics include:

  • Industry Technology Overview - Michael Kasavana, NCE5, Ph.D.
  • Innovative/Advanced Design & Secure Payments - Bryan Godwin, Crane Merchandising Systems and Ron Spinella, Apriva
  • Micro Market Secrets and Technologies – Jim Brinton, Avanti and Joe Hessling, 365 Retail Markets
  • Emerging Payment/Loyalty Programs – Mike Lawlor, USAT and Brian Gill, PayRange
  • Dynamic System Operations – Mandeep Arora, Cantaloupe Systems and Doug Haddon, Crane Payment Innovations
  • Warehouse/Inventory Operations – Randy Smith, LightSpeed Automation (**Atlanta seminar only)

Tech Talks will also feature a variety of technology supplier-sponsored meetings and presentations. Current sponsors include 365 Retail Markets, Avanti Markets, Breakroom Provisions, BYNDL, Cantaloupe Systems and USA Technologies.

A second installment of the seminar will take place December 8-9 at The Westin Peachtree in Downtown Atlanta, Ga. The attendance cost for member operators is $399 per seminar. For further information and to register, please visit

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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