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NAMA CEO Carla Balakgie Featured in PHA 10: Accelerating a Healthier Future Virtual Summit

CHICAGO — April 20, 2020 — NAMA CEO Carla Balakgie will be a featured speaker at PHA 10: Accelerating a Healthier Future Virtual Summit Tuesday, April 28, 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET.

With introductory comments from Former First Lady Michelle Obama, the event celebrates a decade of impact while launching the next wave of innovation from Partnership for a Healthy America (PHA) and its partners, including NAMA.

Carla Balakgie will be joined by Gordon Reid, president of Stop & Shop and Jason Reiser, EVP of Dollar General in a session entitled “Healthy Shelves: The Role of Retail in Transforming the Food Marketplace,” moderated by Darci Vetter, Global Lead of Public Affairs at Edelman.

While her comments will highlight NAMA’s Public Health Commitment — to increase the level of ‘better for you’ products in vending machines to 33% — Balakgie will also underscore how the changes brought about by COVID-19 will impact the industry. This includes the view that NAMA member companies are at the forefront of developing disruptive solutions in meeting the needs faced by consumers in this new normal. Unattended retail — including vending and micro markets — is uniquely positioned to meet these needs.

Those interested in registering for the free summit, click here.

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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