ATLANTA -- After more than 50 years of covering the vending and OCS industry, Ben Ginsberg, founder and publisher of Vending and OCS, has informed VT that he plans to cease publication. The last issue was the November/December 2009, Vol. 17, No. 3.
“I wanted to leave the business on a high note,” said Ginsberg, who has been editing and producing the magazine since launching it in 1991.
A pioneer trade magazine publisher, Ginsberg was a cofounder of American Automatic Merchandiser in 1958 with Mike Michael, a fellow veteran of the bottling industry.
A longtime active participant in the vending industry and one of the first journalists to identify the new office coffee service business that emerged in the late 1960s, Ginsberg is the recipient of many awards in recognition of his distinguished service.
These accolades include the Barbara Short Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Atlantic Coast Exposition in 2000; a Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the National Automatic Merchandising Association in 2001, and a Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the National Beverage & Products Association in 2003. NBPA inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1996.
“My late father and former VT publisher, Victor Lavay, always held Ben Ginsberg in high regard, and I have developed the same respect and esteem for him,” said VT president and publisher Alicia Lavay-Kertes.
Ben can be reached at VOCS headquarters, (770) 451-2345, through February 2010.