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Industry Update at Blast Conference Today

CHICAGO — June 9, 2020 — NAMA, along with a representative from the Partnership for a Healthier America, will provide an update for participants in the BLAST – Business Leadership and Superior Training – conference today, Tuesday June 9, at 3 p.m. ET. Hosted by the National Association of Blind Merchants, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, the four-part virtual conference is scheduled for successive Tuesdays in June.

The session features an overview from Government Affairs team members Sandy Larson, Senior Director and Counsel; Wes Fisher, Manager, Government Affairs, followed by an update on NAMA’s Public Health Commitment by Roni Moore, Vice President of PR and Stacy Molander, Chief Operating Officer, Partnership for a Healthier America and finally an overview of social media opportunities and an introduction of myNAMA, a new engagement platform by Kelly Doherty, Director, Digital Communications.
“NABM – National Association of Blind Merchants -- sponsors the conference every 12-18 months. It is the largest training conference in the country for blind vendors. The conference was scheduled for Chicago in April but had to be canceled. We were anticipating between 500-600 attendees. We are doing these BLAST LIVE sessions as a way to continue to educate our members who rely on our conferences for needing training,” said Terry Smith of NABM.
According to NABM President Nicky Gacos, “We developed this virtual conference to ensure that our members had access to critical industry updates, even during this unprecedented time.”

Free registration is available here:

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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