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By:Alex CHENSource:NAMARelease time:2016-7-15Browse:2137

(CHICAGO) May 2, 2016 – The 2016 NAMA OneShow delivered an electric, high-value, high-impact business growth opportunity for attendees and exhibitors alike, according to LyNaeSchleyer, NAMA’s Vice President of Events.

The General Session also marked the launch of a widely-heralded new NAMA brand as well as recognition of the association’s 80th anniversary. Industry awards, hosted by NAMA Chair Howard Chapman, once again proved to be a special highlight with a robust and personal ceremony including acceptance speeches by winners: Industry Person of the Year, Josh Rosenberg; Allied Member of the Year, Art Wittern; and Operator of the Year, Scott Meskin.“With more than 4300 attendees and 288 exhibiting companies – including 67 companies new to the expo – the 2016 NAMA OneShow in Chicago once again united the convenience services industry, bringing together leaders, decision makers, entrepreneurs and business owners,” said Schleyer.

The General Session -- sponsored by PepsiCo – featured stars of ABC-TV’s show “Shark Tank,” Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec, who judged teams of entrepreneurs from Michigan State University’s Spartan Innovation Program, with NAMA’s CEO Carla Balakgie moderating the contest.

Dynamic networking opportunities included Tuesday evening’s joint reception co-hosted by NAMA’s Women of the Industry (WIN) and the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) at the Hard Rock Hotel. Closing out the week was a fun show floor element, “The Friday Wrap,” featuring in-booth entertainment and drawings, attracting strong participation during the final show floor hours Friday morning. 

“We thank everyone who helped make OneShow a success, and look forward to seeing you April 19-21, 2017 at the Venetian/Sands Resort in Las Vegas,” Schleyer concluded.

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $25 billion U.S. convenience services industry. With more than 1100 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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