TULALIP, WA -- The Northwest Automatic Vendors Association has bestowed its William L. "Bill" Herbord Award on Sandra Larson, senior director and counsel of government affairs for the National Automatic Merchandising Association (Chicago).
Larson has provided oversight and legislative direction to NAVA -- the NAMA state council comprising the states of Washington, Oregon and Alaska -- for the past 16 years.
The award recognizes exemplary contributions to the region's vending industry. Larson, one of three nominees selected by NAVA's president, vice-president and secretary, was voted the winner by its members at the trade group's annual meeting in Tulalip, WA.
Larson has worked closely with consultants in Oregon and Washington on legislative issues, served as advisor to the NAVA board of governors and officers, and attended all of its meetings. She has also worked with the state council's member, education and public relations committees. Her office supports its annual meeting by lining up education and speakers for the event and helping coordinate its annual fundraising auction.
Larson works in NAMA's Pasadena, CA, office and, in addition to her leadership role with NAVA, is responsible for the national association's affiliated state councils in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Texas and Wyoming. In recent years, she has provided counsel at the federal level on such issues as the Americans with Disabilities Act, calorie disclosure, and coin and currency changes.
A graduate of University of California at Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in psychology, she earned her law degree from Southwestern University of Law (Los Angeles). Before joining NAMA, she was deputy trial counsel for the State Bar of California.
"For the past 16 years, it has been rewarding to work with NAVA, providing counsel to our members in government and industry affairs," said Larson. "This recognition was a real honor for me, both personally and professionally."