Our BBI Vending Team at the 2022 NAMA Fly-In Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

Three of our established Vending team members joined their colleagues on Capitol Hill. Our team had the opportunity to visit with members of Congress and staff to address issues of importance to the convenience services industry.

The 2022 NAMA Fly-In Advocacy Summit took place in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19. 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. The Convenience Services Industry consists of Vending, Micro Markets, Office Coffee Service, and Pantry services.

The topics with members of Congress included:

  • Urge them to pass the Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act (ERTC) and make it available through the end of 2022.
  • Expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the Convenience Services Industry in the upcoming Farm Bill.
  • Provide an industry-specific tax credit for operators to upgrade to energy-efficient R-290 vending equipment.
  • Cosponsor and Introduce the  Preventing Auto Recycling Theft ACT (HR. 6394) to help alleviate the industry’s financial pain from catalytic converter theft.

BBI’s Midwest Regional Manager Greg White, National Account Project Manager Mike Kelley, and Account Executive for the Northeast, Brian Sprouse, played an essential role in supporting the Unattended Retail by driving value to the industry through relationships and conversations with key members of Congress. 

NAMA was founded in 1936. With nearly 1,000 member companies — including many of the world’s most recognized brands — NAMA provides advocacy, education, and research for its membership. BBI is a proud Bronze Sponsor for NAMA. 

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