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NAMA Announces 2017 Industry Award Honorees: Industry Person, Operator and Allied Member of the Year

CHICAGO – March 6, 2017 – The 2017 winners of the NAMA Industry Awards were announced today by the association. The awards, presented live at the NAMA OneShow in Chicago, Wednesday, April 19, will recognize the most widely respected leaders in the industry, as nominated by their peers.

The 2017 NAMA Industry Award winners:

  • Randy Smith, President & CEO, LightSpeed Automation – Industry Person of the Year
  • Lance Whorton, President & CEO, Imperial – Operator of the Year
  • Mandeep Arora, Co-Founder & CEO, Cantaloupe Systems – Allied Member of the Year

“The Industry Awards are a cherished NAMA tradition, recognizing individuals who have served the industry and NAMA as leaders, innovators and advocates,” said Carla Balakgie, NAMA CEO. “Randy, Lance and Mandeep have helped their companies achieve success while devoting their time and talent to advancing the industry as a whole, and supporting their colleagues and communities. They are an inspiration and I congratulate them each on this well-deserved honor.”

About the Awards
The NAMA Industry Awards are presented to individuals that best exemplify support of the convenience services industry through a history of service and leadership throughout the industry and in their own communities. They must be innovative, possess a willingness to expand conventional practices and follow ethical business standards in accordance with the NAMA code of ethics.

About NAMA OneShow
OneShow is the meeting place for convenience services industry members to focus on advancing innovation, cultivating relationships and growing their businesses. Featuring a robust exhibit hall and 40-plus hours of education and networking, this premier event provides attendees with information directly applicable to their businesses and valuable peer-to-peer relationship-building. Register today at

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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