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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 4, April 2012, Posted On: 3/22/2012

NAMA Names 2012 Industry Award Winners; Hesch Is Industry Person Of The Year

Emily Jed
Craig Hesch, A.H. Management Group, NAMA awards, vending industry awards, National Automatic Merchandising Association, Dan Hart, Southern Refreshment Services Canteen, Vending Operator of the Year, Ken Shea, The Standard Companies, Brent Garson, Vendors Exchange International Inc., Tim Wayne, J.M. Smucker Co.

CHICAGO -- Craig Hesch of A.H. Management Group will take top honors at this year's industry awards presented by the National Automatic Merchandising Association. The Rolling Meadow, IL, vending operator was chosen as 2012 Industry Person of the Year.

NAMA announced the recipients of its annual industry awards this week. The winners will be honored for their accomplishments at a special ceremony during the opening event of the NAMA OneShow at the Venetian/Sands Resort in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, April 28, at 1 p.m.

Dan Hart, chief executive of Southern Refreshment Services-Canteen (Tucker, GA), has been named Vending Operator of the Year. Ken Shea, vice-president and director of field operations of The Standard Cos. Inc. (St. Charles, MO) holds the distinction of Coffee Service Operator of the Year.

Honored as Vending Allied Member of the Year is Brent Garson of Vendors Exchange International Inc. (Cleveland). Tim Wayne, director of sales for The J.M. Smucker Co. (Orrville OH), won NAMA's vote as Coffee Allied Member of the Year.

NAMA's awards program recognizes the achievements of the vending industry's top professionals. "They are the luminaries of the industry, and NAMA is proud to recognize them for their talent, dedication and noteworthy accomplishments," the association said.

Dr. Michael Kasavana, NAMA-endowed professor in hospitality business at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), took home the vending association's top award last year. | SEE STORY

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