To strengthen and advance the convenience services industry through strategic support of advocacy, education and research initiatives.

The Foundation of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA Foundation) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization (EIN #36-3169508). All contributions to the NAMA Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

Board of Trustees (effective July 1, 2017)

Patrick Hagerty, NCE5
Vistar Corporation
12650 Arapahoe Rd.
Centennial, CO 80112-3901

Heidi Chico, NCE
Wittern Group
8040 University Blvd.
Des Moines, IA 50325

Jeffrey Smith
All Star Services
3443 Military St.
Port Huron, MI 48060

Howard Chapman, NCE, CCS
Royal Cup, Inc.
160 Cleage Drive
Birmingham, AL 35217-1461

Scott Corley
The Coca-Cola Company
1 Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30313

Mark Dieffenbach, NCE5
The Hershey Company
14 E. Chocolate Ave.
Hershey, PA 17033

Peter Fetherston
2400 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte, NC 28217

Mike Knowlton
925 Southbend Trail
Southlake, TX 76092

Jerry Scott
Canteen of Coastal California
121 Bernoulli Circle
Oxnard, CA 93030

Jeffrey Smith
All Star Services
3443 Military St.
Port Huron, MI 48060

Randy Smith
LightSpeed Automation LLC
5720 Commons Lane
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Josh Wells
American Food & Vending Corporation
124 Metropolitan Park Drive
Liverpool, NY 13088


Janette Carter
Focus 365
1301 N Jefferson
Anaheim, CA 92807

Brent Garson
Vendors Exchange International, Inc.
8700 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44129

EX-OFFICIO (Non-Voting Trustees)

Carla Balakgie
NAMA President & CEO

Lindsey K. Nelson
Vice President, Programs & Servies

Terri L. Bruce
Director, Foundation



Since its formation in 1982, the Foundation has lead two ground-breaking capital campaigns, raising over $10M from industry suppliers, operators state councils and allied partners to fund the development of strategic initiatives in the areas of advocacy, education and research, while helping NAMA build its critical core competencies and infrastructure in these areas.

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