Tri-State Holds Service Technician Training Class Honoring Vending Pioneer Bill Buckholz

Posted On: 4/15/2019

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KING OF PRUSSIA, PA -- The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council held a technician training session in honor of late vending pioneer and industry leader Bill Buckholz on April 6 at the Sheraton Hotel here.
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council is a National Automatic Merchandising Association state council representing New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Open to owners and employees of Tri-State member companies, the technician training session was developed by Davis Haines, advanced electronics/vending technologies instructor from A. Philip Randolph High School in Philadelphia, PA. He teaches the only high school vending repair program in the country.
The hands-on training was designed to be a mobile one-day intensive training on basic electricity and electronics and instructing individuals on the use of a volt/ohm meter. Students leave the class with a meter and a workbook. In addition, there is a portion devoted to MDB and DEX.
"With the advances in technology, we need to teach our technicians new skills," said Tri-State Vending Association board member Bud Burke, Next Level Fitness Water.  “This program is designed so that it can be taught anywhere from a shop to a hotel conference room."
Buckholz began his vending career as Reading, PA-based Goodman Vending's first route driver in 1948 and he bought the company in 1965. He died on April 18, 2018. | READ MORE
“From ‘Hug a Vending Machine’ to customer newsletters, Bill was always about bringing a more positive view our industry,” Burke recalled. “Perhaps one of his greatest achievements was working with the U.S. Mint to ensure that the then-new Sacagawea dollar coin was gold in color and had the same electronic signature as the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.”