The association that represents the US$42 billion vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries has appointed a new chair. Howard Chapman has begun a one-year term as Chair of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Board of Directors. “I am very much looking forward to my tenure as NAMA Chair,” said Chapman. “I have big shoes to fill following Pete Tullio, who really drove the industry forward in his two consecutive terms.” Founded in 1936, NAMA provides advocacy and research to more than 1500 member companies. Having been involved with NAMA for a number of years, Chapman has acted as co-chair of NAMA’s Positioning for Growth campaign, as well as the chief architect of the Coffee Tea and Water Strategic Plan. “We are delighted to welcome Howard to his role as Chair and recognise the value his expertise will mean to the industry,” said Carla Balakgie, NAMA’ s President and CEO. “Howard is highly regarded in the coffee community and industry-wide.” Chapman is from Atlanta and attended Georgia State University. He combines his love of coffee with competitive racing, having been a competitive racing car builder and driver since 1982.