HERNDON, VA -- The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council's annual Harry Mowery golf outing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Old York Road Country Club in Springhouse, PA. The association will also hold a special ceremony during its membership dinner to honor industry veteran John Boyle for his accomplishments, service and dedication to the vending industry. He is retiring from the Tri-State board of directors after 30 years.
The day's agenda begins with a meeting of the Tri-State board of directors at 10 a.m. Lunch will follow at 12:30 p.m., and the golf tournament begins with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. A membership reception starting at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by dinner and the John Boyle recognition ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Boyle's vending career began in the early 1970s at Philadelphia's Macke Co. He moved quickly up the ranks to the position of vice-president of Macke North, where he managed the company's vending division and its five associated branches throughout the Delaware Valley, encompassing more than 115 routes and 30 manual food locations. In 1985, Boyle joined Canteen Corp. in Philadelphia as a vending district manager. From 1998 to 2006, he served with Covenco Inc. (Middletown, PA) as corporate operations manager. He is currently semi-retired and works for Elliot's Vending Co. (Huntingdon Valley, PA) as vice- president of sales and marketing.
His active political involvement began when he served on the New Jersey Automatic Merchandising Council's board of directors from 1973 to 1976. During that time, NJAMC was successful in changing the method of sales tax computation, which reduced the tax liability for New Jersey operators. In 1977, he joined the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council, and helped lead the fight for more equitable taxation. In 1980, the association's lobbying efforts led Pennsylvania lawmakers to change the way sales tax was computed, which led to substantial operator refunds.
In 1989, Boyle received the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Legislative Award for leading a group of Philadelphia operators in a successful campaign to repeal a $100 per machine tax. Five years later, he led the effort that repealed a newly initiated sales tax on candy in Pennsylvania. NAMA awarded Boyle a second legislative award in 1998 for heading a PAMC taskforce and successfully getting sales tax exemptions on key products sold through vending machines.
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council was formed in 2008 with the merger of the Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council and the New Jersey Automatic Merchandising Council. It also represents operators in Delaware. Information can be had by calling (703) 435-1210 or emailing Pam Gilbert.