CHICAGO — Larry Eils, senior director of technical services for the National Automatic Merchandising Association, will retire effective June 1. The industry veteran, who joined NAMA in 1985, will receive special recognition by NAMA chairman Jim Brinton, Evergreen Vending (Seattle), at the Opening Session of the Spring Expo beginning 8:30 AM on Thursday, March 27.
In his more than two decades with NAMA, Eils assisted the vending industry in meeting its health and safety requirements, cooperated with regulatory agencies in developing minimum sanitation regulations and promoted the industry’s health, safety and environmental programs to consumers and regulatory agencies. He also helped NAMA’s affiliated state councils to meet their educational needs, and consulted with members on a wide variety of issues. In the safety arena, he spearheaded programs informing operators of ways to reduce back injuries, and to emphasize the value of safe driving.
As secretary of NAMA’s technical standard subcommittee, Eils played a crucial role in establishing the vending industry data transfer standard (widely called DEX).
“During his tenure with NAMA Larry has been an invaluable employee and major contributor and developer for many NAMA programs including the Vending Machine Evaluation and Mechanics Training Program and Route Driver Certification Program,” said NAMA president and chief executive officer Richard M. Geerdes. “Larry’s entertaining educational presentations as Dr. Doom will be difficult to replicate and sorely missed by the audiences he played to,” he added.
Eils earned a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI, and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. He is a registered sanitarian with Illinois and with the National Environmental Health Association, as well as a certified structural pest control operator and foodservice manager in sanitation in Illinois.
His professional memberships include the National and Illinois Environmental Health Associations, Association of Food and Drug Officials and the International Association of Food, Milk and Environmental Sanitarians.
Eils received the Food Industry Sanitarian Award in 1991 from the industry affiliate of the National Environmental Health Association; Sanitarian of the Year Award in 1993 from the Illinois Environmental Health Association; Associate Membership Award in 2001 from the Association of Food and Drug Officials; and the Walter S. Mangold Award in 2003 from the National Environmental Health Association.