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Up Close: A Look at 2018 Industry Person of the Year Joe Hessling
CHICAGO – February 27, 2018 – Joe Hessling, Founder and CEO of 365 Retail Markets, was recently announced as NAMA’s Industry Person of the Year as part of the association’s 2018 Industry Awards. Hessling will be presented with his award on March 21 at The NAMA Show in Las Vegas.
The NAMA Industry Person of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has consistently exemplified the highest standards of professional excellence throughout his or her career in the convenience services industry, has been active in leadership roles, and has been an inspiration to others.
Since 2008, Joe has served as Founder and CEO of 365 Retail Markets, delivering dynamic workplace technology transforming breakrooms and connecting employees with products at work. The company’s self-service technology provides a turnkey platform, allowing industry operators to increase sales, improve the customer experience and increase profits while reducing cost. 365’s Connected CampusSM products range from its MicroMarket and nanomarket™ self-service kiosks to vending and dining point-of-sale systems to apps like 365Pay, 365Sidecar and others that provide a fully integrated consumer experience in the workplace. What began as a venture in a garage has grown to a staff of 150 employees and more than 20,000 payment centers across the globe.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Joe has founded, owned and operated several successful companies prior to founding 365. Before tackling the convenience services industry, he wore multiple hats throughout his career in foodservice, including distributing restaurant products, owning restaurants, catering, leading corporate dining operations and more.
Dedicated to serving the industry on a broader scale, Joe is a member of NAMA’s Board of Directors and serves on multiple NAMA committees. An innovator working to advance the industry, Joe is involved in industry education, serving on the Executive Forum Task Force and speaking regularly on technology, micro markets and new industry channels and opportunities. An industry advocate, Joe has hosted site visits with Michigan lawmakers at his office and is a regular Fly-In and Public Policy Conference participant, meeting with legislators to build awareness on convenience services.
Hessling was named Champion of the New Economy by Dbusiness, with 365 recognized as a Crain’s Michigan Fast 50, one of the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, two years in a row, as well as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. The company also earned both Automatic Merchandiser’s Readers’ Choice Product of the Year recognition, and a NAMA Innovation Award.
Hessling shares his knowledge and innovation experience as a speaker and presenter at global technology and industry events as well as an advisor and investor for other start-ups. Both he and the 365 team contribute regularly to programs benefitting local families including Gleaners and the Volunteers of America’s Adopt a Family holiday program as well as threesisters.org. Joe lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife and two children.
About the Awards
The NAMA Industry Awards are presented to individuals that best exemplify support of the convenience services industry through a history of service and leadership throughout the industry and in their own communities.
About The NAMA Show
The NAMA Show is the place to get all of the resources you need to achieve your business goals and network with the entire convenience services industry. Discover new technology, products and services from 300+ exhibitors, understand how to leverage emerging trends, and build a powerful network of industry allies to grow your business at the premier event for vending, coffee services, micro market and foodservice professionals.
Learn more and register at thenamashow.org.
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.