Amyism #47 - Government Relations and Narrative: “As influence agents, we must learn to think in story, talk in story, and present our arguments in a narrative form. Because story can persuade and inspire where reason and logic and argument fall flat. - Kelton Rhoads, PHD”What does she mean by this? It is important to tell the story about your company and how you got started, the struggles you overcame and where you are today. Your story will help build an emotional response from those listening to you. 4:45 pm – Welcome Reception The welcome reception opened with remarks from George Sifakis, Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the Whitehouse. Following his speech we had the opportunity to network with attendees before sitting down for dinner. I was happy to get together with fellow ELN members to chat and get a group pic. I was impressed by the amount of ELN members present at the Fly In and am excited to see what the future of our industry has in store for us. 6:00 pm- Dinner Dinner began with a trophy presentation to the state with the most attendees - which was….Maryland. Congrats Maryland! I’m pushing for more attendees from Michigan next year! Following the trophy presentation, Carla Balakgie, NAMA, President & CEO and Eric Dell, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for NAMA, took the stage to thank everyone and go over a few key statistics surrounding advocacy in our industry and the NAMA Fly In. We were pleased to see that Michigan has lead the way with advocacy days this year with 35! Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President, Political Affairs and Federal Relations and National Political Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce was our dinner speaker. He took the time to give the 300+ NAMA attendees some great political insight and explained the importance of advocacy and how impactful we are because of the size of our group. (Our group is one of the largest advocacy groups to come to D.C.) 8:30pm – Boat Tour It was a perfect night for the boat tour along the Potomac River where we had spectacular views of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Kennedy Center. Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Day 2 of the Fly In 7:00 AM – Buses depart There were 5 buses that took the 300+ NAMA members to Capitol Hill. Once everyone arrived we took a group picture and then pictures of each State group. 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM- Meetings with members of the Senate and House We had 7 meetings lined up with Senators and House Representatives from Michigan but the first meeting wasn’t until 10:00 am so our group headed over to the Hart building to have breakfast in the cafeteria there. Since there was a lot going on in D.C. that week we were honored to still get to meet with staff from the offices of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Rep. Bill Huizenga. We were very pleased to get to meet with Rep. Paul Mitchell himself and had a great meeting discussing the issues while he was on recess from House meetings. We also got to meet with our friend Rep. Dave Trott , who as a result of one of the previous NAMA Fly In events, has visited our headquarters in Troy, MI. Our group representing NAMA from Michigan was very diverse which gave us an advantage while talking with members of Congress. Beyond the 6 of us from 365, we had father and son team -Jeff & Devin Smith from All Star Services, Inc. who had a great story to tell for small business tax reform and the estate tax. Also part of our team was Mike Knowlton from Kellogg who could speak directly about front of package labeling. This is one of the great things about the Fly-In, coming together with fellow NAMA members to lobby for issues related to our industry and build relationships with Operators, Manufacturers and Suppliers. 12:00 PM – Convenience Service Industry Event In between meeting we joined fellow industry advocates, Congressmen/Congresswomen and staff for lunch, networking and packing backpacks for military families with Operation Homefront. 3:30pm- Bus ride back to hotel At this time I loaded up on the bus with the last group and headed back to the hotel before catching my flight. Since I had an earlier flight I wasn’t able to make the post event happy hour but I will be sure to make it next year. Each of the networking events were great opportunities to get to know everyone who was there. It’s a completely different feel than tradeshow networking events since everyone is there for the same purpose so all of the conversations we have are very beneficial. The NAMA team did an amazing job putting everything together from the education sessions, to the networking events and of course scheduling all of the meetings with our state representatives. This is a great experience and I highly recommend it to everyone in our industry. Let’s fly in an even larger group next year!
Commits to provide preferred contractual terms to partners, suppliers and customers who honor a similar Climate Pledge.Troy, MI - December 1, 2015 - Today, 365 Retail Markets announced that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, joining more than 140 companies from across the American economy that are demonstrating their support on climate action. “We are proud to take the Climate pledge and as good global citizens we are committed to continuing to improve our energy efficiency and sustainability through innovation and new technology.” said Joe Hessling, CEO, 365 Retail Markets. “We plan to use this as a rally call and encourage our partners and customers across the globe to follow our lead.” We put forth our pledges as follows: At 365 Retail Markets, we are committed to environmentally friendly business practices for a more sustainable future. As part of our 2015 initiatives, we redesigned our facilities using energy efficient technologies and reducing energy consumption while accommodating for a growing workforce. As part of our continued efforts, we pledge to:
365 Retail Markets has experienced rapid growth over the years and was most recently listed on the Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in the US.For more information about 365 Retail Markets, visit www.365retailmarkets.com. You can also join 365 Retail Markets on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Linkedin. Media Contact: Jen Tonio – 365 Retail Markets Jen.email@example.com 888.365.7382 ext. 149
“So much of our focus is on developing great software and products that it is hard to pay attention to the performance of the company outside of our direct peers.” says Joe Hessling, CEO of 365 Retail Markets “It is quite an honor to even make the list, to be so high up is humbling. The credit goes to our team members and customers, whose support makes any success at 365 possible.”The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. Since 2011, 365 Retail Markets has expanded their product and service offerings, achieved a 1,459% increase in revenue growth and has added 55 new jobs.
"The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident."Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. About 365 Retail Markets 365 Retail Markets, an expanding, self-checkout technology company based in Troy, Michigan, offers the best-in-class platform for vending, foodservice and hospitality. Its proprietary, 365 MicroMarket, is a turnkey, unmanned market that allows customers to increase sales, improve the customer experience and increase profits while decreasing operating costs. 365 Retail Markets has been pioneering innovation in the vending industry for over five years and continues to revolutionize the market with superior technology and ultimate flexibility in customization and branding. For more information about 365 Retail Markets, visit www.365retailmarkets.com. You can also join 365 Retail Markets on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Linkedin. Link to press release on PRWeb: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/08/prweb12906160.htm
Happiness leads to success and success will lead to Happiness. iCASH is an easy way to articulate the core values necessary for successful individual performance and responsible teamwork participation.Old School Ninjas In addition to our iCASH honorees we also honor all of our team members celebrating anniversaries each month. After 1 year of service our team members are given the "Old School Ninja" award and then receive ribbons for each additional year of service after that. This month, we had 3 team members earning Old School Ninja status and 2 other veterans earning their advanced ribbons including;