CAMA Expo 2013 in review
By Kim Lockie
By Kim Lockie
Oct. 23, 2013, Vancouver – Kim Lockie gives a rundown of what happened at this year's CAMA Expo.
Oct. 23, 2013, Vancouver – The CAMA Expo 2013 in Vancouver was a great event. Attendee pre-registrations were up compared to previous western shows. There was also a steady flow of attendees on the show floor throughout the event.
The trade shows awards were presented at the annual dinner on the first night of the show. The best booth award went to Old Dutch Foods. They constructed their booth from empty cartons and packaging materials, which was creative and innovative branding.
The best salesperson award went to Scott Booth of Horse and Buggy Brands. He had to be a strong salesperson as Air Canada had lost all of his samples and he represented his company and brands from an empty booth. Way to go Scott for not giving up and still engaging attendees in spite of not being able to offer samples.
I enjoy going to these shows immensely as I treat them as family reunions. It is great to see old faces and catch up once or twice a year at vending shows. I have always made it a practice to build relationships with suppliers and other operators.
It is great to see the suppliers face to face, get reacquainted and catch up on what has happened in the last year socially and economically.
It is much easier to deal with people when you can put a face to the name and deal with them directly. This is a win-win situation and helps build partnerships that can last a long time.
I do the same with operators and also try to meet anyone new in the industry to make them feel welcomed. Talking with other operators is also an opportunity to discuss problem areas and exchange solutions – it’s always a bonus to get another opinion or different outlook. We can learn from each other’s experiences.
Congratulations to Dan Stewart of Savco Food Services who was the well-deserved recipient of the Stuart Daw Gold Service Award.
This year I won the Don Storey Memorial Service Award. This was achieved in part by building these friendships and partnerships. I do believe that CAMA has a very good working relationship with The Royal Canadian Mint; a special thanks to Paul Lefebvre and Lenard Cheung who worked with and listened to our industry stakeholders.
We have also been working closely with staff from the Bank of Canada and the association’s efforts have resulted in the simultaneous release of the $5 and $10 polymer bills. This will be a huge cost savings to operators across the country as they can now do the upgrades for both at the same time. The release dates for these new bills is Nov. 7 – about two weeks away.
I couldn’t have gotten this award without the help of our association staff. Amanda Curtis and Marie Saint-Ivany always kept me politically correct and helped me greatly when dealing with media such as newspapers, radio and others.
I won the Don Storey award by having the time of my life. It is a great industry to be in.
Kim Lockie is the owner of McMurray Coin Machines in Fort McMurray, Alta., and is the past president of CAMA and this year’s Don Storey award winner.