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NAMA Supervisor Development Program deadline extended

August 10, 2009
By Administrator


Aug. 10, 2009 – Newly appointed supervisors and managers interested in advancing their
careers will be happy to know that the registration deadline for the NAMA
Supervisor Development Program has been extended.

Aug. 10, 2009 – Newly appointed and experienced supervisors and managers interested in advancing their careers will be happy to know that the registration deadline for the highly successful National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Supervisor Development Program has been extended, NAMA Senior Director of Education and Trade Shows LyNae Schleyer, NCE, CMP recently announced.

The three-day program is an intense exposure to the strategies and skills critical for effective team leaders who, in turn, will help push their companies into new levels of growth and prosperity, and will be held in conjunction with the NAMA National Expo September 23-25.

In discussing the program Schleyer said, “This vital program is essential for anyone in a supervisory position who expects to advance professionally, and because we believe that this course is so essential for effective leadership we are extending the registration deadline to Sept. 4 to give companies additional time to register.”


Sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, the Supervisor Development Program will take place at The Pier in Chicago, Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 23-25.  In addition to the curriculum presented during the program, the schedule allows plenty of time for attendees to visit the trade show floor as well. 

Some of the industry’s best known and knowledgeable leaders will be sharing their experiences and expertise:

  • Ronald F. Cichy, PhD, NCE5, CHA Emeritus—The School of Hospitality Business director at Michigan State University
  • Joann DeNardis, PHR—NAMA Associate Director of OneShow and Member Services, also responsible for Human Resources
  • Rick Leffke—President of R.D. Lefke & Associates, management and sales training firm
  • Dan H. Mathews, NCE5—NAMA Executive Vice President and COO
  • Jim Proebstle—President and founder of Prodyne Inc., sales and marketing consultant firm

Together the leaders will engage the audience in talks, interactive sessions and mini-case discussions on such topics as Decision Making, Time Management, Communication, Personal Selling Skills, Leadership, Working with Customers, and Problem Solving. 

The attendees will have the opportunity to visit the show floor each day during the program to conduct business.  On Friday morning, they will hear Ken Schmidt’s keynote talk on how his philosophy of life and business turned the Harley-Davidson company around. Schmidt was director of communications for the motorcycle company.  Graduation certificates will be awarded on Friday afternoon

 “During these tough economic times companies must take advantage of all resources and tools available to help their leaders create the best workforce possible. This program has always earned high praise and received excellent ratings from past attendees,” concluded Schleyer.

Participants will pay $1,250 for their first attendee and $950 – a savings of $300—for their second.  The fee includes all sessions, several meals and breaks, learning materials and a graduation certificate. Members will receive a complementary pass to the National Expo. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses and hotel accommodations are available at  Contact the NAMA Education Department at or visit for more information and to register.

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.