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NAMA’s Coffee Legend 2019: Howard Chapman

CHICAGO — October 29, 2019 — Howard Chapman, a nearly 30-year veteran of the industry and former president of the Office Coffee Division of Royal Cup Coffee, has been named the association’s 2019 Coffee Legend.

Howard will be recognized for his contributions at the 2019 CTW show Monday, November 18 during the opening session in Anaheim.

“Howard has made an undeniable impact on the channel and the industry overall,” said NAMA’s CEO Carla Balakgie. “For his leadership and passion for advancing coffee services and his commitment to helping industry colleagues, we are honored to recognize Howard as this year’s Coffee Legend.”

Most recently, Howard served as President of the company’s Office Coffee Division, a role he held for nearly 10 years. His experience at Royal Cup was marked by a series of promotions, having joined the company as District Manager in Atlanta, later being named Office Coffee Division Manager. He was promoted to Vice President and then Division Manager of the Office Coffee Division in 2000.

Along with his management responsibilities at Royal Cup, for nearly two decades, Howard served in leadership roles for the industry including Chair of NAMA as well as Chair of the NAMA Foundation. He was also Coffee Committee Chair, leading the initial development of the association’s Coffee, Tea and Water group’s strategic plan as well as Co-Chair for the Positioning for Growth Capital Campaign. In 2011, Howard was recognized by the industry as NAMA’s OCS Operator of the Year.

Howard is active in his local community through past leadership roles in the United Way of Central Alabama, and currently serves as an Elder at Mountain Brook Community Church.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Howard and his wife Brenda live in Birmingham and are the proud parents of two children and four grandchildren, with a fifth due in February.

About the Coffee Legend
A NAMA Coffee Legend is a pioneer, an innovator, a leader and a visionary in the industry who is passionate about coffee and willing to share their passion to educate and help others succeed. The 2019 NAMA Coffee Legend Award will be presented during the Opening Session in Anaheim, California on Monday, November 18.

About CTW
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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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