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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010, Posted On: 1/28/2010

NAMA Plans Feb. 1-5 Legislator Information Fête In D.C.

Tim Sanford
National Automatic Merchandising Association, NAMA, vending, vending industry, vending operator, Ned Monroe, vending business, vending route, food service, office coffee service, OCS, automatic retailing, bulk vending, coin-op

WASHINGTON -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association is preparing to inform the nation’s elected officials about recent and contemporary advances in vending and coffee service. It will be hosted in conjunction with the NAMA Winter Board Meeting in the nation’s capital, which is scheduled for Feb. 1-5. The gathering also will give the association’s directors the opportunity to meet personally with legislators.

Set for the Caucus Room in Washington’s Cannon House Office Building, the “Coffee Service and Vending Innovation Showcase” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3. On display will be dozens of leading-edge vending machines, office coffee brewers and products. The showcase will spotlight the industry’s energy-efficient equipment and its commitment to health and wellness.

Another educational opportunity will be afforded by Lobby Day, on which NAMA boardmembers will take part in one-on-one meetings with legislators, acquainting them with the nature of the workplace services business and its real-world concerns.

Ned Monroe, NAMA’s senior vice-president of government affairs, observed that the vending and OCS business has much of which it can be proud, and the Washington program will offer a useful forum.

“Our industry has a very positive story to tell,” he said, instancing the advanced power management technology available for today’s venders and the popularity of the association’s Balanced for Life program and Fit Pick services. These and many other developments that have positioned the workplace services industry in the forefront of responsible progress will be presented to lawmakers in congenial surroundings.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to experience first-hand the truth about vending and coffee service today,” Monroe pointed out.

“In the current economy, this is a powerful opportunity for us to not only educate policy-makers about our industry, but is also an excellent opportunity for us to create relationships that can be helpful later, as we work together on various legislative issues. It’s one example of how we are working to protect the interests of our membership, and we thank all of our participating boardmembers for their help with this important event.”

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