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Dan Mathews Scholarship Winners for the NAMA Show Announced

CHICAGO – March 12, 2018 – The NAMA Foundation announced today the two inaugural recipients of the Dan Mathews Scholarships to attend The NAMA Show in Las Vegas, March 21-23.

NAMA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Mathews retired in June of 2017. To honor his many contributions to NAMA and the convenience services industry over his 18 years of service, the NAMA Foundation established the Dan Mathews Scholarship to carry on his legacy for generations to come.

Throughout his career at NAMA, Dan was fiercely passionate about the importance of continuing education for industry professionals, particularly small operators. This dedication to small operators is why these scholarships are specifically designated for NAMA Operator members with 10 or less employees.

This year’s Dan Mathews Scholarship recipients for The NAMA Show are:

  • M. Gaye Tankersley, Food Service Solutions, LLC (South Carolina)
  • Kyle Dunn, Machine Cuisine Vending (Arizona)

“The NAMA Foundation is proud to honor Dan’s legacy by supporting our small operators and providing the opportunity to attend The NAMA Show – our industry’s biggest event. We had a very impressive pool of applicants with a strong commitment to continuing education and advancing our industry. We are confident these scholarship recipients will add great value to the industry through the business-growth, education and networking opportunities they will experience at The NAMA Show,” said Terri Bruce, Director of the NAMA Foundation.

The Dan Mathews Scholarship Program is funded annually through voluntary contributions made to the NAMA Foundation.

For more information about the NAMA Foundation or to make a donation online, please visit

NAMA represents the $34.9 billion U.S. Convenience Services Industry. By providing advocacy, education, and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s over 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing, and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school, and play.

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