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MAY MEETINGS: IL, IA And WI Vending Associations; OAMA Marks 50 Years

Posted On: 3/27/2009

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Illinois, Iowa And Wisconsin Associations Set Tri-State Meeting: May 8-9

LAKE GENEVA, WI -- The Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council, Iowa Automatic Merchandising Association and Wisconsin Automatic Merchandising Council are teaming up to host a tri-state annual meeting at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, WI, on May 8 and 9. The theme of the combined confab is "Together for Success."

Under the leadership of presidents Dave Campbell (Illinois), Galen Starkweather (Iowa) and Tom Konop (Wisconsin), the tri-state conference will offer a lively round of informative business sessions and enjoyable recreational activities and social events. Leading off will be the Tri-State Golf Tournament from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Highlands Golf Course; the fee is $125 for a single player, or a company may enroll a foursome for $400 with a single check. Information on the golf outing may be had from Len Mahler by calling (773) 586-4300.

Also on Friday, a supplier-hosted cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a dinner and "Chinese Raffle" from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Capping the evening will be a live auction and announcement of the raffle results from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; a hospitality suite will encourage the celebrants to wind down in a relaxing atmosphere afterward.

On Saturday morning, May 9, a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. will precede the annual business meetings of each of the three sponsoring associations. The 2009 membership meetings are set for 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and will be followed by legislative updates.

Roundtable discussions will ensue at 9:30 a.m. Timely topics will include "green" initiatives, "healthy" choices and employment law, the last featuring a question- and-answer session with an employment law professional. The Employee Free Choice Act, currently under consideration by Congress, is expected to spur lively conversation. At 12:30 p.m., a buffet luncheon will conclude the formal portion of the program.

The registration deadline for the event is April 1. Information may be had from Scott Goodwin of Park Vending (Aurora, IL) at (630) 851-5036. Reservations may be made directly with the Grand Geneva Resort by calling (800) 558-3417 or logging onto the resort's website, The reservation group code for the Tri-State conference is 74K55L.

OAMA Plans 50th-Year Fête At Confab In Mt. Sterling: May 8-9

COLUMBUS, OH -- The Ohio Automatic Merchandising Association will celebrate a half-century of service to the vending industry at its annual meeting this year. The event is scheduled for the Deer Creek Resort in Mt. Sterling on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9.

The meeting gets underway with a golf outing on Friday; the day will climax with a dinner and silent auction that evening. Past-presidents of OAMA have been invited to the dinner, and will be honored at a ceremony commemorating the association's five decades of effective representation of vending in Ohio. President Rob Cain of AVB Sales & Marketing (Glendale) will emcee the gala evening.

Among its many achievements, OAMA broke new ground in establishing a cordial working relationship with the state's public health and safety authorities. It also has an exemplary record of legislative accomplishment.

Saturday's agenda begins with a buffet breakfast before the general membership meeting, which will be highlighted by a legislative update. A roundtable idea exchange will bring the program to a rousing conclusion.

Information may be had by calling OAMA at (614) 221- 7833, or emailing to The Ohio Automatic Merchandising Association is a state council of the National Automatic Merchandising Association, and is affiliated with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.