HERNDON, VA -- The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council board of directors has established the John Boyle Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of the veteran operator who died on Oct. 6.
The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition to the National Automatic Merchandising Association and Michigan State University's Executive Development Program in October 2011. The program is designed for executives and managers in the vending, coffee service, foodservice and related industries.
The recipient must be an employee of a Tri-State member company. Scholarship applications will be available in early 2011. The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council was formed in 2008 with the merger of the Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council and the New Jersey Automatic Merchandising Council. It also represents operators from Delaware.
The association said the scholarship is a fitting tribute to Boyle, who is remembered for his many accomplishments, service and dedication to the vending industry and its members. Boyle's industry career spanned more than 40 years, including senior level sales, operations and management positions.
He was honored twice with Tri-State's Harry Mowery award, which recognizes a person's great passion for the vending industry. And he was a double recipient of NAMA's Legislative Award, in 1989 and 1998, for outstanding efforts on behalf of the vending industry.
He received an official citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for dedication and distinguished service to the food and beverage vending industry, and a proclamation from the Pennsylvania Senate for an exemplary record of service, leadership and achievements.
Contributions, payable to the John Boyle Memorial Scholarship Fund, can be sent to the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council, 1600 Wilson Blvd., #650, Arlington, VA 22209.