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Inaugural NCE class recertifies

November 13, 2008
By Administrator


Nov. 13, 2008 – Five Years After Program’s Launch, First Graduating Class Gets Special Pin and Certificate: The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is pleased to announce that the very first class of graduates from the NAMA Certified Executive Program

The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is pleased to announce that the very first class of graduates from the NAMA Certified Executive Program (NCE) has been successfully recertified, NAMA Sr. Director Trade Shows and Education, LyNae Schleyer, CMP, NCE announced today.  The NCE program was launched five years ago to recognize those in the vending, coffee service and food service management industry who have demonstrated accomplishment, initiative and professionalism.

According to Schleyer, eighteen NCEs received a special recertification pin and certificate at a special luncheon ceremony at the National Expo last month in St. Louis.  Richard Geerdes, NCE, NAMA President & CEO and Randy Parks, NCE5, President, ProStar Services awarded the pins and certificates.  


Joining Randy Parks in receiving the NCE5 recertification designation were Walter Bucki, NCE5, Royal Sales and Consulting; Ronald F. Cichy, Ph.D., NCE5, Michigan State University; David Clayton, NCE5, Validata Computer and Research Corp; Jonathan Ford, NCE5, All State Manufacturing Company, Inc.; David Generoso, NCE5, Sargent Enterprises; Dean Gilland, NCE5, NAMA; Danny Green, NCE5, G&J Marketing Company; Dod Hamre, NCE5, Automatic Food Services, Inc.; J. E. Eddie Hicks, NCE5, Prestige Services Inc.; Michael L. Kasavana, NCE5, Michigan State University; Dan Mathews, NCE5, NAMA; Jack Maybury, NCE5, Derringer Company; Jeff R. Parks, NCE5, CL Swanson; Michael Patterson, NCE5, Patterson Company, Inc.; Vic Pemberton, NCE5,  Pepi Foods; Greg Sidwell, NCE5, G&J Marketing Company; and Roger J. Stewart, NCE5,  NAMA.

Added Schleyer, “I especially want to recognize J.E. Eddie Hicks, NCE5 of Prestige Services and Steve Ross, NCE5 of Burch Services for their support and dedication helping to create the NCE program.  Without their tireless effort on behalf of our industry we would not be here today celebrating this important milestone in our industry’s development.” 

She continued, “As more and more leaders continue to earn the NCE designation, it has become a competitive necessity, because it shows colleagues and customers alike their commitment to the industry,” said Schleyer. “In fact in 2007, the NAMA Board voted to make the NCE designation a condition of Board service.”

To obtain an application for the NCE designation, visit After your application has been approved, you can purchase a special NCE Study Guide to help prepare for the multiple choice exam.

The exam can be taken at NAMA headquarters or at NAMA Spring and National Expos. It is also offered in conjunction with the Executive Development Program (EDP) at Michigan State University because much of the exam material is covered in the EDP curriculum. NAMA also conducts review sessions for the exam, which is based on the NCE Competencies and Body of Knowledge, an evolving document reviewed continuously.

Concluded Schleyer, “If you are serious about advancing within our industry and you have not earned the NCE designation, now is the time to do it. And when you have had the certification for five years, remember to get recertified.” No exam is required.

These NCE5s have embraced certification as a rewarding journey.  They have become, through their dedicated actions, an elite group of NCE5s invested in the professional growth and the future of their careers, and the professionalism of the industry.

To learn and grow in one’s industry allows the NCE5 to see him/herself as more of a professional.  The NCE5 certification is challenging, but doable and worthwhile.

NAMA is the national trade association of the food and refreshment vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries including on-site, commissary, catering, & mobile. Its membership is comprised of service companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers of products and services to operating service companies.  The basic mission of the association, to collectively advance and promote the automatic merchandising and coffee service industries, still guides NAMA today as it did in 1936, the year of the organization’s founding.

Contact: Jackie Clark
Phone: 301-987-7113