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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 2, February 2011, Posted On: 1/20/2011

Tom Izzo Emcees Awards Ceremony At NAMA OneShow, April 28

Tim Sanford
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CHICAGO, IL-- The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced that famous basketball coach Tom Izzo of Michigan State University will serve as master of ceremonies at the Industry Awards Ceremony during NAMA's 2011 OneShow at McCormick Place North here. It's scheduled for April 28, Thursday, at 4:30 p.m.

NAMA's Vending Industry awards recognize meritorious individuals and companies for their professional achievements in vending, coffee service and foodservice management. The five winners will be designated Operators of the Year and Allied Members of the year in vending and OCS, and Industry Person of the Year. Candidates must be NAMA members in good standing.

Dean Gilland, NAMA's vice-president of sales and service, reported that the ceremony will take place on Center Stage in the exhibit area. He added that showgoers would have the opportunity to meet the coach and the award-winners at a reception celebrating the association's 75th anniversary.

Izzo is the longest-tenured coach in the Big 10 Conference, NAMA said, and is a four-time Coach of the Year. His MSU basketball team has taken part in 13 consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments; it also has set the Big 10 record for longest home winning streak. The coach is known for his motto: "Players play; tough players win." He is widely recognized for his ability to develop the skills of his young players.

Information on NAMA, OneShow and the Awards program may be found at vending.org/expos/awards.php. All members are invited to submit nominations for the awards.

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