VAMA: Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association


The Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association was created to promote the best interests of the vending industry.

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The Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association exists to promote the best interests of the vending industry, foster fair and free competition, provide a forum for exchanging ideas and suggestions for the benefit of the industry and that of the general public, enhance your professionalism and improve the performance of the company you represent.

VAMA 2021 Membership

It's time to renew your 2021 VAMA membership. If you have not renewed your dues for 2021, your membership will expire on December 31, 2020.  Click on the links below for online or printable renewal invoices. We look forward to having you back!

If you are unable to join or renew your dues online, please choose from the following printable membership materials.

Top Membership Benefits

  • Representation and visibility against legislative issues – stay informed on key issues.
  • Networking opportunities with industry leaders and VAMA social and educational events.
  • Links to Atlantic Coast Exposition for a large, regional vending show – Professional Development growth.
  • Strength and bonding relationships with suppliers.
  • Cutting edge educational opportunities.
  • Reliable and trustworthy industry business information (especially for new owners).
  • Equal voice no matter of business size.
  • Customer credibility as a legitimate operating business.
  • Learning and collaboration of a changing industry.
  • Working relationships with surrounding state associations.
  • Public Relations - Enjoy the benefits news and feature material, media response.

The 2021 ACE Show is Back
And the Theme Lives On:
Rock of ACEs

October 14-16, 2021

Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation

The 2021 ACE Planning Committee has picked up where last year’s cancellation left off to prepare for a much anticipated in-person ACE 2021.  The group has decided to keep the original theme of  “Rock of ACEs”.

Patrick Shaw, ACE 2021 Chair states, “Our ACE team really missed having the opportunity to reconnect with everyone in 2020. As such, we are especially THRILLED to be moving forward with the plan to host ACE 2021 in October. Our theme this year will be, Rock of ACEs. We hope you’ll join us as we Turn the Page and get Back in the Saddle again! Please know that everyone’s safety will be our top priority for this event and that we plan to follow whatever guidance is applicable to our event, come October. We can’t wait to ROCK OUT with you in person!”

Booth sales are underway and Operator registration has opened. Visit the ACE website for additional details and registration. The ACE  education team is working to bring you yet another “can’t miss” program.  ACE 2021 will once again be held at the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC and the show dates are October 14-16, 2021.   

Survey results from the Operators and Exhibitors alike over the years continue to praise the ACE team for its yearly growth, hotel venue, superb education and popular networking opportunities.  ACE 2021 will continue to provide that high-quality exposition that ACE attendees continue to come back for year after year and this year will be much needed after we have been apart for so long.

VAMA Update Covid-19 Crisis

Our thoughts are with you as we face this crisis together. CLICK HERE to visit VAMA's Government Affairs page for up-to-date COVID-19 related information. Please contact Beth or Michelle with any questions.
Stay Safe Virginia!

VAMA Announces 2020 Scholarship!

Do you have a graduate looking for scholarship funds? VAMA is giving back to our industry with TWO $1500 scholarships!
In an effort to contribute to the communities that have made the industry what it is, VAMA is excited to announce that it has formed a scholarship for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association, represents the vending and food service industry in the state will be awarding TWO $1,500 scholarships! One scholarship will be primarily financially based while the other will be based on academics and character. These scholarships will be awarded to two deserving students (student must be directly involved with the vending industry or related to a person from the vending industry and a CURRENT Member of VAMA) from Virginia each year.
2020 applications are now available and will be announced by September 30, 2020. Applications MUST be fully completed and submitted by fax or email by September 15, 2020.

2020 Financially Based Scholarship Application
2020 Academic/Character Based Application

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Bowen or Michelle Thomsen. Phone: (919) 387-1221.

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