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CHICAGO -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association will conduct a government affairs symposium in conjunction with its 2009 national convention and trade show here. The gathering is an enhancement to the state council officers meeting, and was held once before. This year's is set for Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Room 328 at Navy Pier, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
NAMA's new senior vice-president for government affairs, Ned Monroe, explained that good information and concerted effort will be required to counter the current wave of legislative threats to the industry. Thus, the 2009 meeting will include the usual state council officers topics while focusing on government relations and legislative issues.
Monroe urged the officers of NAMA's affiliated state councils to invite their paid executives and/or legislative counsels to the event. There is no charge to attend.
The tentative agenda includes a leadoff continental breakfast, a welcome and introduction by NAMA chairman James F. Brinton, Evergreen Vending (Tukwila, WA), and an overview of the association's strategic plan for government affairs by president and chief executive Richard M. Geerdes.
Executive vice-president and chief operating officer Dan Mathews and Monroe then will present a concise survey of current federal issues. This will theme an "open microphone" discussion in which participants can identify emerging issues and establish legislative priorities.
Following a break, the symposium will resume with a panel discussion on food, nutrition and "healthy lifestyle" concerns that can become legislative issues. Next, NAMA senior directors and counsels of government affairs, Brian B. Allen (Midwest) and Sandra T. Larson (West), will offer proven approaches to "conducting an effective state lobby day." Breakout sessions for state council leaders, treasurers and legislative counsels will conclude the formal portion of the program.
The 2009 National Expo trade show will open at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
"This will be a great opportunity to learn important information about what's going on in the industry and to contribute to our government affairs efforts," Monroe pointed out. He added that the symposium is structured to allow ample time for participants to network with fellow officers and executives, and to discuss issues specific to their state councils.
Housing and registration information on NAMA's National Expo is available at namaexpo.org.