Scott Braverman Dies At 65; Bulk Vending Was Among The Entrepreneur's Early Endeavors

Posted On: 8/1/2017

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CHICAGO -- Scott Braverman, a longtime member of the coin-op community, died of brain cancer on July 28. He was 65.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison), Braverman went on to manage the family business, Century Corp., which specialized in bulk vending machines and kiddie rides. He became a high-profile vending operator. In 1982, he co-founded Kid Zone Inc., a bulk vending supplier, with the late Neel Clark. Headquartered in Chicago, Kid Zone was the first distributor to sell Concord Confections' Dubble Bubble in the bulk channel.

In addition to operations, Braverman was a serial entrepreneur. Among his ventures were Gear Works (Laguna Beach, CA); Lucky’s, a combination pool hall and restaurant venue; and a restaurant named Affair. Most recently he cofounded Corridor Capital LLC, a high-speed rail consulting business.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" (nee Boyer); children Benjamin and Natalie; sisters Gail (Donald) Segal and Starr Fenn. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Suzanne (Robert) Hobart and Patricia Boyer; nephews Robert and Adam; and a niece, Gretchen.

Donations in honor of Scott Braverman can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association or the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute.