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Nick Pavey has worked with Azkoyen Group for over 20 years. He has held nearly all technical and
commercial positions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., which gives him a key understanding of the highly
technical beverage dispense products being introduced to the U.S. market. Through his work at Azkoyen,
Pavey has helped educate operators on methods and best practices to improve their business. Since moving
to the U.S. in 2018, he has been successful in his training strategy in the U.S. market, creating specific training
materials to assist the transition of customers away from their existing equipment suppliers into the coffee
equipment that Azkoyen has brought to the U.S. market. For the past couple of years, as technical and key account
manager, North America, he has been instrumental in helping Azkoyen become one of the fastest growing companies in
the U.S. He is passionate in anything he does, and he goes the extra mile for his colleagues, peers and customers.
Anita Petrova joined Vendon in 2012 as
a key account manager and became the
bridge between the development team
and the end user of the Vendon solution.
It required learning the product insideout,
which was a challenge for someone
without a technical background. At the start, she managed
everything from customer support to logistics, accounting,
sales and development projects. She even sorted cables
and compiled the first manuals. Seven years ago, she
was given the role of head of R&D. Since then, Petrova's
career has been on an upward trajectory, and it was her
achievement in leading Vendon's cashless payment project
to market in just 18 months that sealed her reputation
within the business and beyond. Today, Petrova and her
R&D team are focused on making existing products even
better with added value for the customer.
Kevin Posey's career started when he
was still in high school in 2000 and began
working with Dan Holt at Lincoln County
Vending. As the company expanded, Posey
was named the operations manager in
2008. He completed the NAMA Executive
Development Program in 2014, was elected to the Tennessee
Automatic Merchandising Association (TAMA) board in 2015
and served as president for 2020-2021. In 2020, Posey was
elected to the Southeastern Vending Association (SEVA)
board and served as chairman in 2022. Lincoln County
Vending was acquired by Five Star Food Service in February
2023, and Posey currently serves as the vice president of
retail operation over the Fayetteville, Tennessee, branch.
Posey says it has been exciting for him to see the many
changes and technological advances in his over 20-year
career and looks forward to continuing to grow the industry.
Posey and his wife, Hannah, have four children.
Marshall Richter has over 17 years of industry knowledge.
In 2013, he joined Aramark's Refreshment division as a
route sales representative and later transitioned into the
business development manager role five years later, where
he ensured that clients had the support, products and
services they needed, which included not only breakroom
amenities but also micro market retail solutions. At his time
at Aramark, Richter provided knowledge to help others
who were new to the role or needed direction. He believes
that success is a team effort and measured as a whole.
Cade Ridenour has been instrumental in moving
Illinois-based Vander Vending forward. His depth and
understanding of technology and its application of what's
possible has astounded his team members. Ridenour has
been a beacon of inspiration as he has helped Vander
Vending grow quickly from one level to the next, turning
Vander Vending from a single soda machine to a multimillion-dollar
company in a few short years.
Justavo Rios is a service representative
at Capital Provisions, based in San Diego.
Since joining the technology-focused
company, he has set high standards on his
position, making sure he does everything
he can to be a great asset to the company.
Rios strives daily to make sure to go above and beyond
expectations to assure his job is being fulfilled in a safe and
timely manner. He takes pride in making sure everything is
set for customer satisfaction. He contributes all of this to
the amazing teamwork and great communication of the
team at Capital Provisions. He wishes to thank his fellow
employees in the company for giving him the opportunity to
continue to grow in his position.
As Everest's marketing manager and a two-time recipient of the Automatic Merchandiser's 40 Under
40 awards, Gilbert Ramirez Jr. strives to implement new strategies and achieve exceptional results. His
knowledge of the ever-changing digital landscape has enabled him to execute progressive marketing
strategies that captivate the company's target audience across multiple platforms. By fostering a collaborative
and empowering work environment, Ramirez has enabled marketing team members to thrive, resulting in
enhanced productivity and exceptional campaign outcomes. His commitment to customer engagement and
cross-departmental collaboration has led to remarkable growth in website traffic and contacts for Everest. His vision and
work influenced Everest to expand into the convenience sector, which will be the focus of the company in 2023. Ramirez is
always seeking customer feedback and leveraging their insights to refine marketing strategies and ensure satisfaction. With his
expertise, creativity and dedication, he is continuously driving Everest's success and pushing the company to new heights.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of september-october2023

Editor's Note: A continued comeback for office coffee service
Industry News
OCS Update: Technology is not enough without customer satisfaction
The OCS industry continues to make a comeback
40 Under 40 Awards
Sustainability: A critical issue and key selling point for OCS operators
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Social Hubs
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