UNCASVILLE, CT -- The Connecticut Vending Association will host its fellow New England state vending associations for their annual joint meeting. It will be held June 7-9, at the Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun here.
The six New England trade groups, which are state councils of the Chicago-based National Automatic Merchandising Association, are the Connecticut Vending Association, Massachusetts Vending Association, New Hampshire Vending Association, Pine Tree Vending Association, Rhode Island Vending Association and Vermont Vending Association.
A wine-tasting excursion to the Maugle Sierra Vineyard is the main event on Saturday. The vineyard is located only a mile from the famed Mohegan Sun Casino, and nine miles from Foxwoods Resort and Casino/MGM Grand. A bus will depart for the vineyard at 1 p.m. and return to the hotel for an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and a comedy show.
Business tops the agenda on Sunday morning, when each of the state council presidents will report on the legislative issues impacting the vending industry in their state.
Registration for the meeting costs $125 a person. Discounted rooms are available through May 10 at the Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun for $180 a night plus tax by calling (860) 383-1234 and mentioning the CVA meeting.
Separately, CVA held its second annual Capitol Day on May 1 in Hartford. Heading the event were CVA president Scott Miller and legislative director Eric Mueller, who were joined by the association's government affairs specialist, Dolores Malloy.
CVA members met with legislators to build relationships and to communicate the significance of the vending industry to the state's economy. Among the most notable meetings were visits with House Minority Leader Larry Cafero; Finance Committee Chair Pat Widlitz; Rep. Mary Mushinsky; Rep. John Piscopo; Rep. Kevin Ryan; Rep. Peggy Sayers; Rep. Edwin Vargas and Sen. Beth Bye.
"The dialogue with Rep. Widlitz provided an opportunity to share valuable information about the vending industry and the jobs we create, jobs that are important to our state with an unemployment rate of nearly 8%," Miller said. "It was also great to meet with legislators who seemed genuinely interested in working with us to learn more about issues we face."