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NAMA Announces 2020 Fly-Out & Virtual Advocacy Summit
CHICAGO — April 27, 2020 — NAMA President and CEO Carla Balakgie announced an exciting new program, modified to meet members’ business needs: the 2020 NAMA Fly-Out & Virtual Advocacy Summit.
“This year, NAMA is bringing Washington to you,” said Balakgie in a video message shared over the weekend. “As we all know, this year is NOT business as usual. Given these unprecedented times, we’re recommending an approach that delivers the same level of value, but in a new way.”
Through a virtual platform, from July 20 – 22, NAMA will present interactive meetings with key regulators. These panel discussions allow members to engage during the live airings, or when their schedules permit.
The second key component of the plan: NAMA “Fly-Out.” Beginning the week of August 5th, and throughout election day, NAMA staff will conduct meetings with members of Congress in the communities throughout the country.
“Wherever possible, NAMA staff will come to you, to help lead discussions with elected officials,” Balakgie continued. “This approach accomplishes a key goal, perhaps more important now than ever before: it saves you, our members, travel time and travel costs. Just as important, the Fly-Out will provide the unique opportunity for smaller, more personal meetings with your Congressman or Congresswoman. This allows for your voice to be heard and enables you to build these important relationships in your home state and in some cases, right onsite at your business.”
“As always, we thank you for your continued support of NAMA. Our plan is that the 2020 Fly-Out & Virtual Advocacy Summit is an effective way that we can deliver great value for you, our members, understanding that these are challenging times. Together, we believe we can continue to share ONE VOICE, even while apart.”
NAMA will provide program details, including registration, in the coming weeks.
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 160,500 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.