TMVA/OVA TO CONVENE IN GRAPEVINE, TX: JULY 28-30
HOUSTON - The Texas Merchandise Vending Association and Oklahoma Vendors Association are teaming up for the TMVA/OVA 2005 Convention to be held July 28-30 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on Lake Grapevine. NAMA's Rich Geerdes and Brian Allen will be on hand to provide an update on the association's goals, efforts and progress. Other business on the agenda will include election of officers and directors, the treasurer's report and a legislative update. Frank Wolfe of USA Technologies will discuss "The Future of Vending & Cashless Technology." Motivational speaker Sydney Hurlbert will share from his 30 years of experience how managers can charge their batteries and get the most out of their groups with the least amount of stress.
Roundtable discussions will provide participants the opportunity to focus on industry hot topics, including GPS systems, technology, OCS and the explosion of single-cup pod brewing, frozen foods and insurance. As a special opportunity this year, TMVA is offering convention participants the chance to take NAMA's Certified Executive test on Friday, July 29, at 2:00 PM. Social events on tap include a welcome reception, golf outing at River Chase Golf Course and a banquet dinner and murder mystery. Registration is available by calling Pat Hord, tel. (713) 772-7946.
NAVA READIES SUMMER MEET AT SUNRIVER RESORT: AUGUST 18-20
PASADENA, CA , The Northwest Automatic Vendors Association is putting finishing touches on plans for its annual meeting, themed "America the Beautiful," scheduled for August 18 through 20 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, OR. The agenda includes the association's annual meeting and installation of officers for 2006. The guest speaker will be Jeff Kropf, a representative in the Oregon legislature, who recently toured the war zone in Iraq and will share his experiences. NAVA will hold its annual silent and oral auction to raise money for its PAC and scholarship funds. A well-rounded slate of social events will provide an opportunity for relaxing and mingling. Participants can also enjoy the resort's esteemed golf courses, Pacific Northwest ambiance and full-service amenities at their leisure. NAVA recently revamped its website, http://www.nwvending.org. More information on the upcoming annual meeting is also available by calling Sally Hill, tel. (503) 692-9490.
NCVA CROWNS HOLLAR SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR; FOURQUREAN TAKES VENDOR HONOR
MYRTLE BEACH, SC , The North Carolina Vending Association named Joe Hollar, former owner of Southeastern Vending Services (Charlotte, NC), 2004 Supplier of the Year and John Fourqurean Vendor of the Year during the Annual Awards Breakfast held in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Exposition.
Hollar is a native of North Carolina. He served four years in the U.S. Navy before he began his career in vending with the Vendguard division of the Vendo Co. When that division shut down in 1980, he and the late Tom Dwiggins started Southeastern Vending Services, which this year celebrates its 25th year in business. Hollar sold the operation to his son Jon in 1996; all three of his sons are engaged in some aspect of the vending industry. The NCVA Supplier of the Year Award recognizes the highest level of achievement in the vending industry by an individual providing equipment, product or ancillary services.
Fourqurean's career in vending started shortly after his graduation from James Madison University in 1986. Following a brief foray in the restaurant business, where he worked as a chef, he joined Aramark , Baltimore as a sales director. He was later transferred by Aramark to Oklahoma where he managed a division. In 1997, he left Aramark to accept a position with Canteen Vending Services as the manager of the Greensboro District. During his two-year tenure with Canteen, he guided the branch through several mergers, while being named Rookie of the Year in 1998, and receiving both the Safety Award and Preferred Employer Award for Canteen in 1999. That same year he made a shift from the large corporate market to Gallins Vending, a mid-sized, family-owned business in Winston-Salem, where he became the vice-president of sales and operations. Fourqurean has served on the board of directors of NCVA and chaired the Education Committee. He currently is chair of the Membership Services Committee which oversees the activities of Membership Recruitment and Retention, Public Relations and Education Sub-committees. The NCVA Vendor of the Year Award distinguishes the highest level of achievement and commitment to the vending industry by an industry operator.
VAMA HONORS JOLLY AS TOP VENDOR; PACE WINS SUPPLIER KUDOS
MYRTLE BEACH, SC , During an awards breakfast at the Atlantic Coast Exposition here, the Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association honored Jo Dee Jolley, district general manager of Canteen Vending Services (Verona, VA) as its 2004 Vendor of the Year. VAMA also presented its Supplier of the Year award to Lou Pace, president of Quality Brokerage (Turnersville, NJ).
Jolley began her vending career in Virginia Beach as a route driver for Aramark in 1983. During her 15-year tenure with Aramark, she slowly worked her way up the corporate ladder, culminating in her promotion to assistant general manager. In 1998, she joined Canteen Vending Services, where she is presently a regional manager. Jolley serves on VAMA's Public Relations Committee and board of directors, as well as the American Red Cross board of directors. She also served previously on the ACE Planning Committee. The VAMA Vendor of the Year Award recognizes the highest level of achievement to the vending industry by an individual providing equipment, product or ancillary services.
Pace was introduced to the broker network at the age of 17 while working with his father. He formed his own company, specializing in the vending and OCS industry, in 1983. Pace has supported VAMA by sponsoring the annual PAC fundraiser golf tournament and donating money to support the show's general program. The VAMA Supplier of the Year Award recognizes the highest level of achievement to the vending industry by an individual providing equipment, product or ancillary services.
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