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Joe Hessling of 365 Retail Markets Becomes New Chair of NAMA Board of Directors

ARLINGTON, Va. – Joe Hessling, CEO and founder of 365 Retail Markets, the global leader in self-checkout workplace technology, has been elected as the new chair of the board of directors for the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA).

“Joe’s proven dedication to the convenience services industry and its success makes him an essential partner as chair,” said NAMA President and CEO Carla Balakgie. “His fearless and innovative mindset will be invaluable as we navigate the changing nature of our world. I can’t imagine a better time for the industry to benefit from his foresight and leadership.”

Hessling takes leadership as NAMA accelerates its efforts to help the industry transcend recovery from the pandemic and drive growth.

“I couldn’t be more excited about leading this great organization for the next year,” said Hessling. “I have seen many changes in my career within the industry and believe that we are now experiencing the most positive tailwinds that will solidify the convenience services industry for the long term.”

Hessling founded 365 Retail Markets in 2008, with the mission of delivering dynamic workplace technology – transforming breakrooms and connecting employees at work.

As a long-time supporter and partner to NAMA and The NAMA Foundation, Hessling was recognized as NAMA’s 2018 Industry Person of the Year and Ernst and Youngs 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year. Under his leadership, 365 Retail Markets was named among Crain’s Michigan Fast 50, one of the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies two years in a row. The company also earned both Automatic Merchandiser’s Reader’s Choice Product of the Year recognition and the NAMA Innovation Award.


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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