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Eils to retire from NAMA


April 28, 2008
By Canadian Vending

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March 2008, Larry Eils, Senior Director, Technical Services for the
National Automatic  Merchandising Association (NAMA) will retire June
1, Richard M. Geerdes, NCE, NAMA President and CEO announced recently.

March 2008, Larry Eils, Senior Director, Technical Services for the National Automatic  Merchandising Association (NAMA) will retire June 1, Richard M. Geerdes, NCE, NAMA President and CEO announced recently. The industry veteran who joined NAMA in 1985 is a widely respected leader in food safety issues and the vending machine industry.

Larry will received special recognition by Jim Brinton, NCE, Chairman of the NAMA Board of Directors, at the opening session of the Spring Expo on March 27.

Larry assisted the vending industry in meeting its health and safety requirements, cooperated with regulatory agencies in developing minimum sanitation regulations and promoted the industry’s health, safety and environmental programs to consumers and regulatory agencies. In addition, he was always ready to assist NAMA-affiliated State Councils with meeting their educational needs or consult with members on a wide variety of issues.

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“During his tenure with NAMA Larry has been an invaluable employee and major contributor and developer for many NAMA programs including the Vending Machine Evaluation and Mechanics Training Program and Route Driver Certification Program,” said Geerdes.  “Larry’s entertaining educational presentations as Dr. Doom will be difficult to replicate and sorely missed by the audiences he played to,” he added.

Larry earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI, and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. He is a Registered Sanitarian in Illinois and with the National Environmental Health Association, a Certified Structural Pest Control Operator and Foodservice Manager in Sanitation in Illinois.

His professional memberships include the National and Illinois Environmental Health Associations, Association of Food and Drug Officials and the International Association of Food, Milk and Environmental Sanitarians.

Larry received the Food Industry Sanitarian Award in 1991 from the Industry Affiliate of the National Environmental Health Association; Sanitarian of the Year Award in 1993 from the Illinois Environmental Health Association, Associate Membership Award in 2001  from the Association of Food and Drug Officials, and the Walter S. Mangold Award in 2003 from the National Environmental Health Association.

When asked about his retirement Eils said, “I have enjoyed my time with NAMA for it has allowed me to meet and work with so many wonderful people in the industry. Even though it seemed I was also bringing a message of doom it provided me with the opportunity to develop many training products and write numerous technical bulletins to assist the industry in meeting its obligations. I will miss all of you as I start another chapter in my life working in the yard and playing with my four grandchildren." 

Concluded Geerdes,” Larry will definitely be missed by NAMA and the industry. We wish him the best of luck on his well-deserved retirement.”


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