FORT WORTH, TX -- The Texas Merchandise Vending Association marked its 59th anniversary at its 2010 conference at the Renaissance Hotel here. The event, held July 29-31, featured a lively round of educational and social events.
At the association's annual meeting, the membership elected Patrick Moran, Moran's Munchies/Canteen (Whitehouse) as president for the coming year. He succeeds Jim Schwartz, Service Vending (Temple).
Chosen first vice-president is Kendall Smith, Accent Food Services (Austin), while Dominic Macerola, Rome Enterprises (Houston), becomes second vice-president. Elected treasurer is Charley Nelms, Best Vendors (Pasadena). Patricia Hord serves as executive secretary.
Joining the TMVA board of governors are Karl Peppard, Automatic Chef (Waco), and David Clayton, McLiff Vending & OCS (Austin). And the association welcomed new member companies, including Hoosey Vending (Dallas), Changer Services (Mendota Heights, MN), Fastcorp (Canbury, CT) and USA Technologies (Malvern, PA).
Offering an overview of the current state of the industry, the economy and the legislative and regulatory outlook was an experienced faculty including the National Automatic Merchandising Association director of coffee and water service Roger Stewart, who provided an update on developments in the office refreshments market, and senior vice-president of government affairs Ned Monroe, who summarized some of the new employer requirements imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Wrapping up the first day's business presentations was Fred Parrish, The Profit Experts (Allen, TX), who offered guidelines for enhancing profitability and boosting cashflow.
A wide-ranging roundtable idea exchange completed the educational portion of the program. Participants had a choice of joining groups discussing new technology, pure water operations, office coffee service, "going green," the effective use of graphics in marketing, insurance and employee benefits, and considerations in pre-employment screening.
Next year's TMVA conference is set for Corpus Christi. The association, a state council of NAMA, maintains a website at tmva.org.