MARYSVILLE, WA -- The Northwestern Automatic Vending Association held its annual meeting from Aug. 20 to 21 at Tulalip Resort Casino here, just north of Seattle. Highlighting the event were seminars detailing the National Automatic Merchandising Association's cashless vending program and legislative efforts NAMA is making to protect the interests of the region's operators.
Dr. Michael Kasavana, NAMA-endowed professor of hospitality business at Michigan State University, teamed up with MEI's Gary Massey to present the overall advantages of cashless vending and the specifics of NAMA's Cashless Solution program.
Kasavana said the goal of the program is to enable association members to offer their customers the convenience of cashless payments at a reasonable cost across small and large average transaction pricing in a variety of industry segments. In addition, he explained, it features straightforward cost-plus pricing methodology, specially negotiated transaction processing fees and no merchant application or account setup fees.
NAMA executive vice-president and COO Dan Mathews was joined by state lobbyists to alert NAVA members to legislative and tax threats facing the industry in Oregon and Washington, and the vending association's key government affairs initiatives to safeguard their interests.
Mathews outlined plans for NAMA's upcoming CoffeeShow, set for Oct. 20-22 at Bally's in Las Vegas, and the 2011 OneShow, April 27-29 at Chicago's McCormick Place. He also offered an overview of NAMA's planned industry image campaign, followed by a state-of-the industry report, which included suggestions for improving revenues and profits.
Also in attendance were NAMA chairmen emeritus Jim Brinton of Evergreen Vending (Seattle) and Dan Sofie. Sofie's son, Randy, of B&P Vending (Bellingham, WA), passed the president's gavel to John Choukalas of Nestlé, who said one of his goals for the year is to establish a number of standing committees and encourage NAVA members and board members to get involved in them.
Another highlight was the annual NAVA auction, which raised $11,000. The proceeds will be used to fund the association's legislative efforts in Oregon and Washington.
Tim Wietstock of C.D. Johnson and Co. (Lake Oswego, OR) served as the chairman for this year's auction. He was also awarded the William L. "Bill" Herbord Award, which recognizes an individual who has devoted considerable time and effort in contributing to NAVA.