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NAMA Debuts First-Ever Virtual Celebration

2020 Industry Award Winners Recognized with Video Recognizing Achievements

CHICAGO — July 7, 2020 — On Thursday, July 9, NAMA will debut a video celebrating the 2020 Industry Award Winners Nicky Gacos, Craig Kushner and Greg Garson. A NAMA tradition, these awards recognize individuals who have served the industry and NAMA as leaders, innovators and advocates.

With introductory comments from NAMA President and CEO Carla Balakgie, NAMA Chair Greg Sidwell and PepsiCo’s Hugh Roth, the video showcases personal remarks from each of the winners, along with a photo montage.

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 $31 billion U.S. convenience services industry. By providing advocacy, education and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s nearly 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.