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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014, Posted On: 12/20/2013


NAMA's Public Policy Conference Briefing Summarizes Advocacy Successes


Emily Jed
Emily@vendingtimes.net
TAGS: National Automatic Merchandising Association, Vending, NAMA Public Policy, Carla Balakgie, Vending Operator, Vending Machine, Eric Dell, Nicky Gacos, Office Coffee Service

CHICAGO -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association has released a briefing document that summarizes the progress it has made on the legislative front following its recent public policy conference on Capitol Hill.

Among the successes were previously announced visits by elected officials at the federal and state levels, including those by U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA) to Gourmet Coffee Service (Van Nuys, CA) and U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL) to Pepi Foods (Dothan, AL).

The briefing also details specifics of meetings with federal entities like the General Services Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Taking part in the GSA meeting were NAMA president and chief executive Carla Balakgie; NAMA senior vice-president of government affairs Eric Dell; Nicky Gacos, president of the National Association of Blind Merchants; and John Fowler, Canteen, who is on NAMA's government affairs committee. Discussions focused on micromarkets and the recently released Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations.

The EPA meeting, including Balakgie, Dell and several NAMA members, covered technical Energy Star specifications for coffee brewers.

Balakgie and Dell held meetings with offices of six members of Congress, most of whom serve on the House Financial Services Committee. Meetings on currency issues and the metallic makeup of coin provided an opportunity to discuss financial services issues related to the Durbin Amendment, as well as electronic payments.

Click here to review the briefing document.


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