SPRINGHOUSE, PA -- The Old York Road Country Club here was the setting for the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council's first annual John Boyle Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. The outing, held on Sept. 14, was organized to raise money for the scholarship fund, established to honor the memory of 40-year industry veteran John Boyle. It drew 49 industry members and added more than $3,000 to the fund's initial $9,500.
A highlight of the event was the presentation of the first scholarship, which confers full tuition for the National Automatic Merchandising Association's next Michigan State University/NAMA Executive Development Program (Oct. 23 through 27). The recipient is Jeff Hahn, service director at Goodman Vending Service (Reading, PA). The award includes the cost of all materials, daily breakfast and lunch, and two dinners at the Executive Development Program.
Hahn joined Goodman Vending from the convenience store industry, where he had been a supervisor responsible for five stores. Starting as a supervisor-in-training, he worked his way up to his present position as service director, responsible for 16 routes, three supervisors, a route jumper and the warehouse.
The scholarship was presented by Tri-State leaders Elliott Teitelbaum, Elliott's Vending (Huntingdon Valley, PA), Jeff West, West Dairies (Parker Ford, PA), Andy Calhoun, Canteen (Harrisburg, PA) and honored guest Margie Boyle, John's wife. Teitelbaum and West paid tribute to Boyle's extraordinary service to the industry and the enduring impact he made as a mentor.
During his long and distinguished career, Boyle received two NAMA Legislative Awards, in 1989 and 1998, in recognition of his leadership in campaigns for equitable treatment of vending. He was cited by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for dedication and distinguished service to the vending industry, and was the subject of a proclamation by the Pennsylvania Senate lauding his exemplary record of service, leadership and achievements in keeping with the highest ideals and traditions of the Commonwealth.
Boyle also twice received the Harry Mowery Award, established by the Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council (now part of the Tri-State organization) as a memorial to the former vice-president of Jack & Jill Ice Cream Co.'s Vending Division (Philadelphia). Mowery died in 1993.
This year's Harry Mowery Award was presented during the golf outing's evening ceremonies. Honored was Alan Drazen, Midlantic Vending (Moorestown, NJ), chosen because he exemplifies Mowery's values and love of the vending industry.
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council was formed by amalgamation of PAMC, the New Jersey Automatic Merchandising Council and industry-minded operators and suppliers in Delaware. It is a state council of the National Automatic Merchandising Association.
PHOTO: Above, from left are TSAMC treasurer Jeff West, West Dairies; Boyle scholarship winner Jeff Hahn, Goodman Vending; Margie Boyle; TSAMC secretary Elliott Teitelbaum, Elliott's Vending; and TSAMC director Andy Calhoun, Canteen (Middletown, PA). At right, Alan Drazen (center), Midlantic Vending, receives Harry Mowery Award and congratulations from West (right) and Vistar's Jim Rowles. Boyle Scholarship and Mowery Award honor the memories of industry leaders who made enduring contributions to vending's growth and stature.