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CHICAGO -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association has named W. Eric Dell senior vice-president of government affairs. Dell will assume the position on Jan. 2 and will be based in Washington, DC.
NAMA's top government affairs official oversees the association's dealings at the federal and state levels, helps build political coalitions and represents the vending industry in a variety public matters. Dell was recently chief of staff for Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), in which post he led a staff of 16 and advised on political and policy decisions.
Dell holds a bachelor's degree from University of South Carolina (Columbia) and a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is working toward an MBA at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
"Eric's strong background in government affairs, as well as his experience in developing and advocating for critical public policy positions as a chief of staff for Congressman Wilson, will enable NAMA to make measurable progress on many fronts including nutrition, taxation issues and healthcare," said NAMA president and chief executive Carla Balakgie.
The NAMA chief said the association was involved in a long and thorough search to find the right person for the job. Ned Monroe, the last person to hold NAMA's top government affairs post, resigned in June 2011.