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Former NAMA Staff Member & Coffee Legend Dean Gilland

ARLINGTON, VA — January 18, 2021 — Dean Gilland, former NAMA staff member and coffee legend, died Sunday, January 10.

Gilland served at NAMA from 2000 to 2015 and made his mark developing services to the coffee, tea and water industry from the ground up following NAMA’s merger with the former National Coffee Service Association. He served as Vice President of Sales and CTW and was named the association’s 2016 Coffee Legend.

His accomplishments include the creation of the Coffee, Tea & Water Show (CTW) and the development of the Coffee Services Committee. Before his service at NAMA, Gilland had a successful sales career at Scott Paper and was a veteran of the United States Army.

“Dean was a pillar in the NAMA member community and among its staff. He served members in the office coffee business with excellence for many years, helping to drive significant channel growth. His quick smile and friendly, accommodating style will be truly missed. We are truly saddened by his passing” stated NAMA’s President & CEO, Carla Balakgie.

NAMA represents the $31 billion U.S. convenience services industry. By providing advocacy, education and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s nearly 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school and play.