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NAMA Announces 2020 Industry Award Honorees

Industry Person, Operator and Allied Member of the Year to be Celebrated July 9

CHICAGO — June 24, 2020 — The 2020 winners of the NAMA Industry Awards were announced today by the association. The awards, to be celebrated July 9, recognize widely respected leaders in the industry. Importantly, each year the nomination and selection process for the NAMA Industry Awards is entirely peer driven, with submissions encouraged by all NAMA members and selections determined by a panel of peers. The 2020 NAMA Industry Award winners:

  • Nicky Gacos, Owner, Colorado Café Associates — Industry Person of the Year
  • Craig Kushner, President, Monumental Markets — Operator of the Year
  • Greg Garson, Vice President of Sales, Vendors Exchange International — Allied Member of the Year

“A NAMA tradition, these awards recognize individuals who have served the industry as leaders, innovators and advocates,” said Carla Balakgie, NAMA CEO. “Nicky, Craig and Greg have helped their companies achieve success while devoting their time and talent to advancing the industry as a whole, supporting their colleagues and communities. I congratulate each of them on this well-deserved honor.”

“This year, since we were unable to host the NAMA Show in Nashville, we’re acknowledging their achievements in a new and different way. And we’re inviting everyone to join us on July 9 to take part in the virtual celebration of these talented leaders.”

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.

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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