MSU’s Tom Izzo Presents NAMA Professor Kasavana with Prestigious Award

  • Michigan State University
  • 05.10.11
Professor Michael Kasavana was named the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Industry Person of the Year for 2011 at the NAMA “OneShow,” celebrating the association’s 75th anniversary.

Several NAMA industry awards were distributed at a ceremony on April 28, in Chicago, IL, with legendary MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo hosting.

Dr. Kasavana, the NAMA endowed professor in The School of Hospitality Business, is a leading expert on hospitality information technology, researching current and near future developments of electronic commerce, information technology and transaction processing methodology relative to the hospitality industry. He has authored six books and a host of academic and industry journal articles, as well as online instructional materials and software products. He has coined the phrase "V-Commerce," to describe unattended points of sale, and is considered the world's expert on this concept. Dr. Kasavana is the recipient of the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, and was the first recipient of a Distinguished Achievements Award from FS/TEC. He is also a member of the HFTP Technology Hall of Fame. 

He has extensively researched topics essential to vending operators and has conducted innovative executive development programs to standing room only crowds.

In fact, his business session at OneShow had operators standing in the aisles and out the doors. In it, Dr. Kasavana presented an overview of the ways in which the industry's new wireless communications and payment systems, backed by increasingly sophisticated network architectures and management software, are improving operator profitability while the economy slowly rebounds.

The NAMA Industry Awards are presented to individuals and companies that best exemplify consistent support of the vending and coffee service industry. Candidates are chosen based on their history of service to their communities and to the vending/coffee service industry through efforts with NAMA and state associations, level of innovation, willingness to expand conventional practices and practice consistent ethical business standards in accordance with NAMA code of ethics.

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