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Former NAMA chair Kenneth Nowak passes away

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NAMA announced the December 3, 2016 passing of NAMA Chair Emeritus Kenneth J. Nowak. Nowak, who was president of Variety Food Services in Warren, Michigan, served as NAMA chair in 1984 and was a longtime member of the association. Nowak was 84.

“Ken was a dynamic leader of NAMA, serving as chair during an important time in the industry’s growth,” said Dan Mathews, NAMA’s Executive Vice President.

“He will be sorely missed and on behalf of the industry, we share our sympathies.”

An industry veteran, Nowak followed in his father’s footsteps as president and chairman of the board for 50 years.

Under his leadership, the four-generation family-owned and operated Variety Food Services has grown to become the largest independent food service company in Michigan.

Nowak, a graduate of the University of Detroit with a degree in business administration, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

His leadership extended beyond his business and into his community, including service on local boards, within his church, and as a mentor to students throughout the Detroit area.

Nowak is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy. Other survivors include his children: Jeanne Nowak, John (Cheri) Nowak, the late Mary Nowak, Paul Nowak, Peter (Renee) Nowak, and Lawrence Nowak.

Also surviving are his grandchildren: Zachary, Michael, Katlyn, Nicole, Ryan, McKenna, Natalie, Joey, Charlee, and Alyssa. Nowak’s siblings include: Donald (the late Bea) Nowak, Carleen Nowak, and the late Marilynn Bruley.

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