TAGS: vending, operator, Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida, AMAF vending meeting, VE South, Joe Gilbert, Gimme
HOLLYWOOD, FL -- More than 30 operators and suppliers gathered for the Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida's annual meeting on Oct. 24 at the Holiday Inn here.
The association brought Florida members up to date on issues impacting the vending industry. A panel discussion focused on technology, and experts from Vendors Exchange International, Crane Streamware, USA Technologies, PayRange and Gimme Technologies led that discussion. (Gimme is a vending technology startup led by Georgia Institute of Technology students who developed software designed to help small- and mid-size vending operators increase efficiency.)
AMAF members gathered the prior evening for a meet-and-greet at Dave and Buster's, which included an eight ball pool tournament.
"A fun and an informative time was had by all, and the association gained four new operator members at the meeting," reported Joe Gilbert of VE South, who chaired the AMAF event. "The association is planning several more of this type of meeting in 2015 around the state, and hopes to garner more new members."
FRIENDLY COMPETITION: Leo Bettoli, Bettoli Trading Corp. (Miami), Jeff Passman, Paramount Vending (Pompano Beach), and Russ Canning, Premier Vending (Jacksonville), were the first, second and third place winners, respectively, in AMAF's pool tournament. Above, Joe Gilbert (second from right) congratulates (l. to r.) Bettoli, Passman and Canning at Dave and Buster's meet and greet.
TALKING TECH: Sharing technology insight with Florida operators during AMAF panel session, from left, are Gimme’s Cory Hewett; Tyler Avery, USA Technologies; Stephanie Begley, Vendors Exchange; Jimmy Stowers, Crane Merchandising Systems; Dave Horowitz of Vistar (who discussed Pay Range); and Gimme's Nathan Weiss.