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" Greg Sidwell has developed a high
standard of excellence in the industry
through sales performance and a focus
on innovation. "
Greg Sidwell
Greg Sidwell is the founder and
president of G & J Marketing and Sales
(established in 1984). His visionary
example in general management,
marketing and innovation has driven
business performance across a diverse
range of food and beverage categories in the vending,
office coffee, technology and specialty retail channels.
During the last 39 years, Sidwell has developed a high
standard of excellence in the industry through sales
performance and a focus on innovation and disciplined
execution. He has been the chairman of the NAMA board
of directors (2019-2020) and chair of the board of
trustees of the NAMA Foundation (2020-2021). Sidwell
was also named Industry Person of the Year (2021 and
2008), Vending Allies Member of the Year (2007) and
Alumni Association Industry Leader of the Year (2007).
Sidwell is dedicated to giving back to his community - as a
donor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a participant
of its annual charity events.
Paul Van Vleck
Paul Van Vleck joined Burdette
Beckmann Inc. (BBI) in 1999 and had
11 prior years of unattended retail and
management experience. He worked
at Rogers American of Florida for 18
months and was the vice president and
general manager of Gulf Stream Distributors in Tampa,
Florida, for over nine years. At BBI, Van Vleck serves as
the vice president for unattended retail overseeing the
largest team in the segment. He manages and plans all the
national manufacturers and BBI operations. His expertise
is rooted in a small format: convenience services, vending,
micro markets, office coffee, hospitality and corrections.
Van Vleck is a NAMA NCE5 certified executive and has
won several Manufacturer Broker of the Year Awards in
addition to being a Pros to Know recipient. He has served
on various industry boards and committees (SEVA, ACE,
Steve Vargas
Steve Vargas has been working in the
vending and conveniences services industry
since the early 1980s, first for Canteen
as a route driver. He then spent decades
working with corporate branches as well as
franchises. He has enjoyed the last 15 years
working for The Atnip Co. as a broker, supporting customers
in the Northwest. Vargas actively supports local association
NAVA as a past president and looks forward to attending
NAMA every year. Vargas says his life has been enriched
by many people he has met in the vending and convenience
services industry through the years. He thanks his colleagues
for whom he has the deepest respect and to his family and
friends that have helped him grow along the way.
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor is a business executive,
philanthropist and the chief executive
officer of Burdette Beckmann Inc.
(BBI), a national sales agency focused
on the best-in-class representation
of consumer products. Taylor joined
BBI in 1983 and has since taken the Florida-based
family-owned company to become a national agency
in 50 states. He led the acquisition of 34 companies
giving BBI a substantial edge and the scale needed to
service Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft, Mondel─ôz,
General Mills and Conagra, to name a few. Taylor is
actively involved in corporate philanthropy by partnering
with nonprofit organizations like Sheridan House Family
Ministries to provide housing for single moms and with
Habitat for Humanity to offer affordable housing to lowincome
families. Taylor also worked on underwriting Back
on My Feet's new chapter in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to
combat homelessness through the power of running and
community support.
Joe Webster
Joe Webster is the founder and CEO
of Newco Enterprises Inc., a design
manufacturer of commercial coffee
and tea brewing equipment located
in Saint Charles, Missouri. Newco was
founded in 1974 by the Webster and
Vittoe families, beginning with the design and manufacture
of a commercial coffee brewer and eventually establishing
an OEM replacement parts business, all from Webster's
garage. Webster's commitment and passion for the coffee
industry has continued for nearly 50 years, marked by
listening to customers and creating innovative brewing
solutions to meet their needs in the OCS, foodservice and
convenience store markets. While the pandemic changed
the world, Webster and his team at Newco changed the
dynamic of brewing coffee through the innovation of
touchless solutions. Webster has instilled a family-oriented,
customer-driven culture at Newco, which today employs 150
valued associates. Newco will celebrate its 50th anniversary
in 2024. Webster is a member of NAMA, NAFEM and YPO.
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