The NAMA Nutrition Leadership Committee was created to ensure vending operators have a voice in nutrition programming. The committee is made up of experienced operators from across the nation who represent vending, micro market and cafeteria operations of all sizes. The Committee expresses the concerns and perspectives of NAMA’s larger operator network.
CFO / Partner, A.H. Management Group, Inc.
Craig Hesch served as the Chairman at National Automatic Merchandising Association from January 2010 to July 12, 2011. Mr. Hesch is also employed with A.H. Management Group. Mr. Hesch served as the Senior Vice Chairman at National Automatic Merchandising Association until January 2010. He has been Ex-officio Director of National Automatic Merchandising Association since July 12, 2011.
Owner, Kimbles Food by Design
With a first business founded in 1975, Kimble has spent a career expanding his business to include an operation with 55 facilities from North Carolina to Florida, from the east coast of Georgia to Mississippi. In addition to vending and micro markets, Kimble’s business includes a full-scale events operation, catering special occasions of all sizes, including weddings and community activities.
In addition to his role as President of the Georgia Automated Merchandising Council (GAMC), an NCE5 NAMA Graduate and 2015 winner of the NAMA Advocacy Award, Kimble serves on the Troup County Chamber of Commerce, the State Board of Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes and is a member of the Troup County Kiwanis. Chairman of the Board for the Pineland Youth Homes.
Owner, Jensen Marketing, LLC and Mesilla Valley Snacks
Bill Jensen has more than 26 years of experience in sales, marketing, and general management positions at Fortune 500 Companies in the electronics and automotive industries. He is a small business consultant with proven success and is also the owner of Jensen Marketing, LLC which purchased full line vending operator Mesilla Valley Snacks in 2009. Today, Mesilla Valley Snacks, located in Las Cruces, is the only locally owned, full service vending company operating in Dona Ana County.
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Five Star Food Service
Gregory McCall is a 27-year refreshment services industry veteran. He worked in sales and marketing with global brands including Sara Lee, Coca-Cola, Ralston Purina and Campbell Soup prior joining Five Star in 2011. In his role at Five Star, Greg leads the company’s sales and marketing initiatives and is responsible for the development of growth strategies in the micro market, vending and office coffee channels. He holds an M.B.A from the University of Portland.
Vice President, Liberty Enterprises
Since 1990, Karen has worked with her husband at Liberty Enterprises, Inc. When their kids were young, she worked behind the scenes learning all aspects of the vending industry while also filling in whenever there was a need anywhere in the business. That arrangement allowed her to spend time with employees, customers, contract personnel, brokers, suppliers, products, machines, and office work.
Currently much of her time is concentrated on increasing profits and minimizing waste, searching for and purchasing new and innovative products (edible and non-edible), and gathering and updating information for calorie disclosure requirements. Karen has always had an interest in nutrition and health. She enjoys working on the company’s nutritional initiative, researching and providing a variety of food options for a healthier and happier workforce.
President & CEO, Smith Vending Corporation / Canteen
Rod Nester was hired by Lyle Smith, then owner of Smith Vending Co., in 1988 to replace his four part time employees and to run the company. In 1989, they began to aggressively expand the vending portion of the business. In the fall of 1989, Rod expanded into Maryville and the new division was created. Rod moved his family to Maryville, MO and then just a year later moved them into Clarinda, IA, where the “Iowa Division” was established. Throughout the 90’s, six routes were established, a new warehouse was erected, a commissary was built, and by 1995 over 60% of the Smith Vending business was conducted from the Iowa Division.
After 20 years of developing, operating, and managing Lyle’s Iowa Division, Rod purchased it from him on January 1, 2008. Thus, the creation of Smith Vending Corporation. In October of 2008, Canteen approached Rod about becoming a Canteen Franchise, so on January 1, 2009, Smith Vending became a Canteen franchise. In October of 2012, Smith Vending expanded north by acquiring Hometown Vending thus establishing a second warehouse in Denison, IA and expanding operations to service sixteen counties of the western side of Iowa, along with the five Missouri counties and two Nebraska counties.
President & Co-Owner, Mark Vend Company
Mark Stein is president and co-owner, with his brother Daniel Stein, of Mark Vend Company. The company was founded by their parents Andy and Bonnie in 1962. Mark Vend started in the family home, and grew steadily, primarily out of its core values of quality and service. As their firstborn, and the company’s namesake, Mark was raised in the business, and has worked in the business fulltime since 1982.
Mark has been actively involved with both NAMA and IAMC, the Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The National Automatic Merchandising Association, has served on the Board of Governors for IAMC and was in the inaugural class of the NCE designated, NAMA Certified Executives. Mark also served as president of Better Vendors Association (BVA), a national non-profit purchasing cooperative, owned by independent operators and designed to help members gain the best rebates from national consumer recognized suppliers.
Owner, McNabb Vending
Sharon Treadway is a 19-year industry veteran, and operates multiple vending machines on state property in the Nashville area, and opened her first micro market in June 2015. She has served as secretary for the National Association of Blind Merchants for five years, and was a board member for four years. Sharon also serves as president of the Tennessee Association of Blind Merchants and is been part of the Tennessee Business Enterprises Committee of Blind Vendors, where she serves on the Healthy Vending sub-committee.