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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 7, July 2013, Posted On: 7/9/2013

Illinois Vendor Mark Stein Lends Voice To NAMA Advocacy Visit In DC

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending, vending machine, Mark Stein, MarkVend, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, National Automatic Merchandising Association, Eric Dell, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), William Enyart (D-IL), Peter Roskam (R.-IL), John Barrow (D-GA), Bottled Water Association

WASHINGTON -- Mark Stein, co-owner of MarkVend (Northbrook, IL), and representatives from Dr Pepper Snapple Group joined National Automatic Merchandising Association senior government affairs vice-president Eric Dell on a recent visit with U.S. Congress members.

The agenda included meetings with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), William Enyart (D-IL) and Peter Roskam (R.-IL). The group also met with staff from Rep Tom Marino's (R-PA) office. Rounding out the event was a luncheon presentation by Georgia Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), sponsored by the International Bottled Water Association.

"This was a great opportunity to have personal discussions with lawmakers and their senior staff from my congressional district, and to share important information about the realities of doing business in our industry," Stein said. "During these meetings, I shared the real challenges from a small business perspective that could be caused by prospective regulation being determined in Washington right now."

Mark Stein, vending operator

photo | PASSING THE WORD: Mark Stein (right), MarkVend (Northbrook, IL), and NAMA senior government affairs vice-president Eric Dell (left) discuss legislative and regulatory issues with Rep. Brad Schneider during visit to Washington for meetings with members of Congress and their staff members. Stein, a second-generation Illinois operator, is a member of the NAMA Board of Directors.

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