NAMA To Honor Howard Chapman As 2019 Coffee Legend At CTW

Posted On: 11/4/2019

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Howard Chapman

CHICAGO -- Howard Chapman, a nearly 30-year veteran of the industry and former president of the office coffee division of Royal Cup Coffee, has been named the National Automatic Merchandising Association’s 2019 Coffee Legend.

A NAMA Coffee Legend is a pioneer, an innovator, a leader and a visionary in the industry who is passionate about coffee and willing to share their passion to educate and help others succeed. The 2019 NAMA Coffee Legend Award will be presented during the Opening Session in Anaheim, California on Monday, Nov. 18. 

He will be recognized for his contributions at the 2019 Coffee, Tea and Water (CTW) show on Monday, Nov. 18 during the opening session. CTW will be held Nov. 18-20, 2019 | Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA.

“Howard has made an undeniable impact on the channel and the industry overall,” said NAMA chief executive Carla Balakgie.  “For his leadership and passion for advancing coffee services and his commitment to helping industry colleagues, we are honored to recognize Howard as this year’s Coffee Legend.”

Most recently, Chapman served as president of Royal Cup’s office coffee division, a role he held for nearly 10 years. His experience at Royal Cup was marked by a series of promotions, having joined the company as district manager in Atlanta, and later being named office coffee division manager. He was promoted to vice-president and then division manager of the office coffee division in 2000.

Along with his management responsibilities at Royal Cup, for nearly two decades, Chapman served in leadership roles for the industry including chair of NAMA as well as chair of the NAMA Foundation. He was also Coffee Committee chair, leading the initial development of the association’s Coffee, Tea and Water group’s strategic plan as well as co-chair for the Positioning for Growth Capital Campaign. In 2011, Chapman was recognized by the industry as NAMA’s OCS Operator of the Year. Chapman is active in his local community through past leadership roles in the United Way of Central Alabama, and currently serves as an Elder at Mountain Brook Community Church.

“I’m completely humbled to be chosen for this honor,” Chapman told VT. “Everything I’ve given to NAMA has come back to me tenfold in the longterm relationships I’ve made with industry members who have become good friends, and I’ve learned from some very smart people.”

Chapman added that he sees a healthy future for micromarkets, pantry services and OCS as employees increasingly demand higher quality coffee and employers are willing to pay for it along with far more products and amenities than ever before, which is most pronounced by the growth of pantry service.

“And while the continued consolidation is concerning, the future is bright,” he commented. “I see many, many extended family businesses continue to go from generation to generation.”

A native of Atlanta, GA, Chapman and his wife Brenda live in Birmingham and are the proud parents of two children and four grandchildren, with a fifth due in February.

NAMA’s Coffee Tea and Water show is the largest event dedicated to the industry. Click here to register.