National Automatic Merchandising Association

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

The National Automatic Merchandising Association, or NAMA, is the American national trade association of the convenience services industry, including vending, micro markets, office coffee service, and foodservice management.[1] Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, NAMA represents more than 1,000 member companies, including hundreds of small businesses.[2]

Postcard from NAMA National Convention, c.1940s

Leadership[edit]

Carla Balakgie is president and CEO of NAMA. Before joining the association in 2011, Balakgie served as CEO of the Electronic Transactions Association.[3][4]

Heidi Chico, president of National Vending LLC, chairs NAMA's board of directors.[5][6]

Advocacy[edit]

In the summer, NAMA convenes an annual Fly-In, which brings more than 300 industry leaders to Washington, D.C. to discuss calorie disclosure requirements, overtime pay, and other issues affecting the convenience services industry.[7][8] In a July 2017 op-ed column published in The Hill, Balakgie claimed Fly-In attendees hold more than 200 meetings with members of Congress to "ensure that the voice of the convenience services industry is heard on Capitol Hill."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NAMA's 2017 Fly-In Attracts 300 Vending Industry Advocates To Washington | Articles | Vending Times". www.vendingtimes.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  2. ^ "About Us - National Automatic Merchandising Association". www.namanow.org. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  3. ^ Association, National Automatic Merchandising. "NAMA Names Carla Balakgie, FASAE, CAE CEO". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  4. ^ NAMANow (2014-01-08), NAMA CEO, Carla Balakgie Talking Calorie Disclosure on Fox, retrieved 2017-08-18 
  5. ^ "Heidi Chico: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Board Appointments: July 14". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  7. ^ "How One Ex-Chief of Staff Went From Taking Meetings to Asking for Them". Roll Call. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  8. ^ "NAMA's 2017 Fly-In Attracts 300 Vending Industry Advocates To Washington | Articles | Vending Times". www.vendingtimes.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  9. ^ Jordan, Chuck (2017-07-24). "Tax reform must include 'death tax' repeal". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 

External links[edit]