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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 10, October 2010, Posted On: 9/23/2010

NAMA Initiates Search For Successor To Geerdes As President And CEO

Tim Sanford
National Automatic Merchandising Association, Richard M. Geerdes, Rich Geerdes, Craig A. Hesch, A.H. Management Group, vending, vending business, vending industry, vending machine business, office coffee service, food service

CHICAGO -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association's board of directors has commissioned a comprehensive search for a new chief executive and president to succeed Richard M. Geerdes upon the expiration of his contract, at the end of next year. The board has asked Rich Geerdes, National Automatic Merchandising Association Geerdes to continue in office until then, while the search goes forward.

"Our industry has advanced significantly thanks to Rich's hard work, dedication and vision," said board chairman Craig A. Hesch, A.H. Management Group (Rolling Meadows, IL). "He has positioned NAMA for this change as we work to push our industry forward in a new direction."

Geerdes has served as the organization's president and chief executive for more than a decade. During his tenure the organization formed its partnership with Michigan State University and named its first-ever endowed professor.

Under his leadership, the organization has strengthened its coffee service membership and launched its national health and wellness initiative, Balanced for Life. It also created a variety of professional development programs. Geerdes also oversaw the planning and execution of NAMA's inaugural OneShow national convention and exposition this year.

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