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NAMA Recognizes Former Vice-President Dean Gilland As 2016's Coffee Legend

Posted On: 10/5/2016

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Dean Gilland, NAMA 2016 Coffee Legend
Dean Gilland
CHICAGO -- Retired National Automatic Merchandising Association executive Dean Gilland is being honored as this year's NAMA Coffee Legend. Gilland was formerly NAMA's vice-president of sales and service, and played a key role in the development of the Coffee, Tea and Water show.

The Coffee Legend is a pioneer, innovator, leader and visionary in the industry who is passionate about coffee and willing to share his or her passion by educating and helping others succeed, according to NAMA. The association's Coffee Service Committee selects a nominee annually for the prestigious award.

"Throughout his tenure at NAMA, Dean has made a tremendous impact on the coffee service channel," said Karen Webster, who chairs the Coffee Service Committee. "From his leadership in developing CTW and launching the Coffee Service Committee, to his warm and friendly style in forging relationships, he has earned the respect and admiration of the industry."

Gilland joined NAMA in 2000, and set to work developing services for the coffee, tea and water channel from the ground up in the wake of NAMA's merger with the National Coffee Service Association. His accomplishments include the creation of the now-thriving and distinctive Coffee, Tea & Water show and the organization of the Coffee Services Committee. During his tenure with NAMA, Gilland won steady promotion for his exceptional sales and customer service skills and his ability to tackle tough assignments.

Before joining NAMA, Gilland built his career at Scott Paper, holding sales positions with increasing responsibilities and rising to vice-president of sales. He retired from NAMA one year ago.

Gilland is continuing to serve the industry in a consulting capacity. In his free time, he is devoted to outdoor activities, coaches youth baseball and hockey, and is an avid coin and currency collector. Gilland and his wife of 50 years, Nancy, reside in Arlington Heights, IL. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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