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September 17, 2008
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Sept. 17, 2008, Chicago, Ill. —
The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is heading to
St. Louis this fall for its biggest industry event with “more deals,
more profits, more ideas, more contacts, and a special emphasis on
surviving a recession,” announced NAMA Senior Director, Education and
Trade Shows LyNae Schleyer, CMP, NCE.

Sept. 17, 2008, Chicago, Ill. — The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is heading to St. Louis this fall for its biggest industry event with “more deals, more profits, more ideas, more contacts, and a special emphasis on surviving a recession,” announced NAMA Senior Director, Education and Trade Shows LyNae Schleyer, CMP, NCE.
 
With over 230 exhibitors already signed up, NAMA is expecting an excellent turnout at the National Expo, which will be held Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 15-17, with education sessions Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 14-17, at America’s Center in St. Louis, MO. The National Expo is the world’s largest trade show for the vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries, and features a commanding display of hot technology, new products, education sessions and unmatched networking opportunities.

 “St. Louis is an economical, friendly Midwestern city with a variety of popular attractions including the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, and a brand new land-based casino right on the river front,” said Schleyer. “It’s a great town to combine business and family pleasure,” she added.

On Wednesday, Expo opening day, people can enjoy the trade show which begins at
3 p.m. and runs through 7 p.m. Bidding also begins at 3 p.m. for the Silent Auction.

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The Keynote Address on Thursday by Brad Bachtelle of Bachtelle and Associates will be of vital concern to everyone in our declining economy.  In his talk on Recession Management, Brad will give pointers on how to make necessary adjustments in your operation so that you can protect what you have worked so hard to create.  Finally on Friday the trade show will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and you will have a final opportunity to bid on Silent Auction items. 

Brad will also be presenting a seminar from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday on Category Management, where you can learn how to increase your machine sales through effective product merchandising.  On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., Brad continues with his third program to help you survive a recession with his talk on Profit Enhancing Opportunities in Vending. Thanks to the sponsorship of Hershey’s the advance registration fee for each seminar is $59, but you can attend both for a special savings of $99.

Thursday evening everyone can relax and enjoy the Industry Awards Banquet starting with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by awards, music and dancing, all sponsored by Coca-Cola.  The banquet celebrating the 2008 Vending, Coffee Service and Foodservice Industry Award winners, will be held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. Five special awards will acknowledge deserving individuals whose achievements represent the best our industry has to offer.

Other highlights of the show include:
• Quality Coffee Certification Program—Wednesday, sponsored by Folgers Coffee Company.
• Three-day Supervisor Development Program—Wednesday-Friday, sponsored by PEPSICO Foodservice.
• Cultural Diversity – Wednesday, Charles Cooper, partner in Cooper Consulting, teaches techniques on managing and marketing in culturally diverse world.
• Sales Simplified – Rick Leffke, one of NAMA’s Knowledge Source partners, discusses the three distinct areas of focus in selling to help you understand what has the most significant impact on your sales growth
• Fit Pick: What is it and How Can it Work for You? Thursday, BFL Team leader Jackie Clark explains the newest program element from Balanced for Life.

 “The NAMA National Expo is a must for finding more of what your business needs to thrive and prosper, so I look forward to seeing you in St. Louis,” concluded Schleyer.

For more information visit www.namaexpo.org


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