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NAMA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Mathews Announces His Retirement
CHICAGO – March 23, 2017 – Today, NAMA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Mathews officially announced his retirement, effective July 1, following 18 years of service. Dan’s experience at NAMA was the capstone of a 50-year career in the industry with leading corporations including Aramark and earlier, Chrysler.
“I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life,” said Mathews. “With plans to travel and to continue to add value to businesses in our industry, I won’t say ‘good bye’ but rather ‘I’ll see you later’.”
“Since 1999, I’ve watched people and businesses grow, change, innovate, collaborate, expand and develop. The lessons I’ve learned along the way are countless; the relationships I’ve forged are priceless,” he continued.
“The positive impact Dan has had on the industry, among both member companies and the association and its staff, cannot be overstated. Dan’s legacy is wide-ranging, beginning with NAMA’s 16-year partnership with Michigan State University, highlighted by the endowment of professor Dr. Michael Kasavana as well as NAMA’s Executive Development Program. In the nutrition arena, he also was part of the team that developed ground-breaking nutrition programs, Balanced for Life, which evolved to become FitPick,” said Carla Balakgie, NAMA’s CEO.
“And that’s not all – Dan capably guided the association during the CEO transition five years ago and has been a trusted and essential member of NAMA’s leadership every day since. For his talent, quiet leadership, strong industry relationships and keen insights, we share our enduring thanks,” she continued.
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.