Atnip Co.'s Steve Vargas Receives NAVA's Herbord-Surber Award

Posted On: 9/5/2019

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Atnip Co.'s Steve Vargas Receives NAVA's Herbord-Surber Award

By Tim Sanford

STEVENSON, WA - The Northwest Automatic Vending Association named Steve Vargas of Atnip Co. (Fullerton, CA) the William Herbord-Leon Surber Award Winner at the 2019 NAVA Annual Meeting. The award recognizes exemplary contributions to the region's vending industry.

An active participant in NAVA events for many years, Vargas is a past-president of the association. He has served on a number of NAVA committees, and played a leading role in getting the NAVA website up and running. Vargas also has been involved in organizing the annual meeting and auction, including serving as auction chairman, and has been instrumental in organizing lobby days in Oregon and Washington. His effective service has brought value to NAVA and the industry.

"Atnip Co. is so proud of Steve's efforts to work on behalf of the operators, manufacturers and distributors in the Northwest to better serve the convenience services industry," applauded Atnip Co. vice-president Larry Atnip.

The Northwest Automatic Vending Association is an affiliated state council chartered by the National Automatic Merchandising Association representing vending machine operators, suppliers, distributors, brokers and manufacturers in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. It works to promote the common interest and general welfare of the automatic merchandising industry; to improve the industry's service to the public; to cooperate with government officials in advancing the public interest; and to improve business conditions for the industry in the northwest.


HISTORY : Atnip Co.'s Steve Vargas (left) and vice-president Larry Atnip tour the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (Hood River, OR) with industry veteran Leon Surber (right) during recent Northwest Automatic Vending Association meeting. Surber, who retired from Atnip Co. after a long, distinguished career, now volunteers at the museum, where he assists in restoring the historic aircraft to airworthy condition.