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Press Release

NAMA Announces 2018 Industry Award Honorees:
Industry Person, Operator and Allied Member of the Year

CHICAGO – February 8, 2018 – The 2018 winners of the NAMA Industry Awards were announced today by the association. The awards, to be presented live at The NAMA Show in Las Vegas, Wednesday, March 21, will recognize the most widely respected leaders in the industry, as nominated by their peers.

The 2018 NAMA Industry Award winners:

  • Joe Hessling, Founder & CEO, 365 Markets – Industry Person of the Year
  • Jeff Smith, Chairman & CEO, All Star Vending – Operator of the Year
  • Mike Lawlor, Chief Services Officer, USA Technologies Systems – Allied Member of the Year

“The Industry Awards are a treasured NAMA tradition, recognizing individuals who have served the industry and NAMA as leaders, innovators and advocates,” said Carla Balakgie, NAMA CEO. “Joe, Jeff and Mike have helped their companies achieve success while devoting their time and talent to advancing the industry as a whole, 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 The NAMA Show
The NAMA Show is the place to get all of the resources you need to achieve your business goals and network with the entire convenience services industry. Discover new technology, products and services from nearly 350 exhibitors, understand how to leverage emerging trends, and build a powerful network of industry allies to grow your business at the premier event for vending, coffee services, micro market and foodservice professionals. 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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