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Issue Date: Vol. 45, No. 9, September 2005, Posted On: 9/23/2005

NAMA Seeks Donations For Silent Auction, Add Knowledge Source Consultant

Emily Jed

'quot; The National Automatic Merchandising Association is calling for donations for the sixth annual NAMA Silent Auction to benefit the NAMA Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama.

Held during NAMA's National Expo in Atlanta, GA, Oct. 27-29, the event raises tens of thousands of dollars to fund industry research and scholarships through the NAMA Foundation. In addition, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama to help grant the wishes of courageous children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.

NAMA has already received a number of donations including golf for three with Dick Atnip at the Hacienda Golf Club (dinner included), a digital camera and leather case, and a Wittnauer ladies watch.

Bidding on auction items will begin at 10:00 AM. Thursday, Oct. 27, and end between 2:00 PM and 3 PM Friday, Oct. 28. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29, there will be a Second Chance Auction for all items that were unclaimed.

Gifts of any value are welcome, and over the years have included everything from airline tickets and "Get Away" hotel packages to golf clubs, artwork and vending items. Donations of larger gifts are especially important, although smaller items can be grouped together to create a gift collection. For more information contact Susi Graff at (312) 346-0370.

In other NAMA news, the Sept. 1 deadline has passed for NAMA industry awards nominations. The awards recognize deserving individuals and companies for professional achievements in vending, coffee service and foodservice management. They will be presented during the Industry Awards Banquet during the NAMA National Expo.

Vending awards include Operator of the Year (Golden Coin) and Allied Member of the Year; and in coffee service, the Mike Savoie Memorial Silver Service Award and Allied Member of the Year awards. The Industry Person of the Year honor is open to all members.

NAMA also announced the signing of The Tradeshow Coach Susan Friedmann, CSP, as its newest Knowledge Source partner. Friedmann is available to all NAMA members looking for professional advice to boost their exhibiting results.

Originally from London, Friedmann has more than 20 years experience as a successful speaker consultant and author. She is an internationally recognized expert and "how to" coach specializing in the tradeshow and meetings industry. Working with organizations who want to grow their marketing strategies through trade shows, she offers programs to increase results and focus on building better relationships with customers, prospects and advocates in the marketplace.

A prolific author, Friedman has written 12 books including Meeting & Event Planning for Dummies. Many of her books have been translated into several languages, and her training materials are used worldwide. She has also appeared on a variety of radio talk shows and as a guest expert on CNN's Financial Network and Bloomberg's Small Business. Friedman has earned the Certified Speaking Professional, CSP, the highest earned level of recognition that a professional speaker can achieve. She maintains a website at thetradeshowcoach.com.

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