Tri-State Council Holds Technician Training Honoring Pioneer Bill Buckholz

Technical TrainingThe Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council, a NAMA state council representing Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, held a technician training session earlier this month named in honor of the late Bill Buckholz, chairman of Goodman Vending Service Co. in Reading, Pa., a vending industry pioneer.

From his “Hug a Vending Machine” campaign to customer newsletters, Buckholz was always about bringing a more positive view of the industry.

One of his greatest achievements was working with the U.S. Mint to ensure that the Sacagawea dollar coin, released in 2002, was gold in color and had the same electronic signature as the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.

The technician training session was developed by Davis Haines, a vending electronics instructor from A. Philip Randolph High School, Philadelphia, Pa. Haines teaches the only vending repair program in the country.

The technician training program is designed to be a one-day intensive training focusing on basic electricity and electronics, the use of a volt/ohm meter, and the MDB and DEX protocols. The students leave the class with a meter and a workbook.

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