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NAMA Announces 2020 Allied Member of the Year

Greg Garson, Vendor’s Exchange International

CHICAGO — July 6, 2020 — The 2020 NAMA Allied Member of the Year is Greg Garson, Vendor’s Exchange International.

According to the award nomination submitted on Greg’s behalf, "Vendor’s Exchange has been a great partner in providing innovation to old methods to make them new again, extending its life or providing new items to enhance our services and image as retailers. Their service and communications is exceptional, not to mention Greg's leadership – with more than 37 years of experience at Vendor’s Exchange.”

Top among the people he is thankful to, Greg credits his mother, Lois Garson, for her wisdom and kindness. “With her children and 14 grandchildren, she led the Garson family with love, even while she suffered from the devastating effects of ALS. She was a wonderful role model for us all,” said Greg.

For 60 years, Vendors Exchange International (VE) provides high quality, value-based solutions for the vending industry, ranging from re-manufactured vending equipment to replacement parts, graphics to electronic repair.

About the Awards
A NAMA tradition, these awards recognize individuals who have served the industry and NAMA as leaders, innovators and advocates. This year, on July 9, winners will be acknowledged in a virtual celebration, including a video highlighting the vast achievements of each of the award winners.

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.

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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