NAMA Announces the 2023 Industry Awards Recipients

NAMA Show 2023

The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is thrilled to announce the 2023 winners of three NAMA Industry Awards, which recognize one individual and representatives from two standout companies in the convenience services industry.

The recipients will be honored for their achievements during the General Session at The NAMA Show in Atlanta, May 10-12.

The 2023 award recipients are:

  • Industry Person of the Year — David Marler, LightSpeed Sales Executive, 365 Retail Markets
  • Operator of the Year —Moran Refreshments, Patrick D. Moran, President
  • Allied Member of the Year — G & J Marketing and Sales, Dan Kozlak, Vice President of Marketing

“NAMA represents an industry of talented individuals and companies that are breaking new ground, solving challenges and setting a path forward for convenience services,” said Carla Balakgie, FASAE, CAE, president & CEO of NAMA. “The 2023 Industry Award recipients reflect the best of the best, recognized by industry peers as outstanding professionals in their fields for their dedication and leadership in areas that will advance and promote the convenience services industry for years to come.”

David Marler — Industry Person of the Year

David Marler
David Marler

The Industry Person of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has consistently exemplified the highest standards of professional excellence and achieved business success throughout their career in the convenience services industry.

David Marler, LightSpeed Sales Executive at 365 Retail Markets, has spent his career listening, learning, and providing solutions crucial to the industry’s success. At LightSpeed Automation, David was instrumental in helping triple the size of the company.

When LightSpeed was acquired by 365 Retail Markets in 2021, he joined their sales department.  LightSpeed’s impact continues to live on as part of the 365 Retail Markets family of products. 

Moran Refreshments (Patrick D. Moran)— Operator of the Year

Patrick Moran
Patrick D. Moran

The Operator of the Year Award is presented to a company that best exemplifies the consistent advancement of the convenience services industry.

Moran Refreshments is a family owned, breakroom refreshment service company offering traditional vending, office coffee and micro markets for qualifying clients. The company has built its business on superior service and quality products. The company had its beginnings in 1989, starting with one truck and operating out of the family garage, Moran Refreshments has grown to be one of the largest vending companies in the East Texas area.

Patrick Moran is the President of Moran Refreshments and serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the NAMA board of directors.

G & J Marketing and Sales (Dan Kozlak)— Allied Member of the Year

Dan Kozlak
Dan Kozlak

In 2003, almost 20 years ago, Dan Kozlak founded SpecMark.  He was known for pioneering new product categories and helping to shape brands in vending and micro markets. SpecMark was acquired by G & J Marketing and Sales in 2010, and Dan continued on with G & J as a partner and Vice President of Marketing and National Accounts. 

Today, Dan continues to serve at G & J, spearheading marketing initiatives, selling strategies, and innovation for the frozen food section and beyond. His guidance and expertise to G & J and the industry drive the success of operators, manufacturers, and distributors alike.

The NAMA Industry Awards will be presented at The NAMA Show 2023 as part of the General Session on Wednesday, May 10.

About the Awards

The NAMA Industry Awards are presented to individuals that best exemplify support of the convenience services industry through a history of service and leadership throughout the industry and in their own communities. They must be innovative, possess a willingness to expand conventional practices and follow ethical business standards in accordance with the NAMA code of ethics.

NAMA represents the $34.9 billion U.S. Convenience Services Industry. By providing advocacy, education, and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s over 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing, and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school, and play. Visit