Thursday 09 February 2023

US – NAMA celebrates new certified coffee specialists from G & J Marketing and Sales

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CHICAGO – Joann DeNardis, NAMA’s Director of Education/Certification, today congratulated G & J Marketing and Sales, as all G & J sales representatives are now NAMA Certified Coffee Specialists (CCS). G & J sponsored a special offering of the NAMA Quality Coffee Certificate Program (QCCP) at its 2014 National Kickoff Meeting last month.

Completing QCCP is the first step to becoming a Certified Coffee Specialist.

“We’re thrilled to welcome 32 new Certified Coffee Specialists to NAMA,” DeNardis said. “By hosting a special offering of QCCP, G & J recognized that QCCP is a professional development program and the first step to becoming a Certified Coffee Specialist.” For a complete listing of CCS designees, visit

Greg Sidwell, President of G & J, said he was pleased with his employees’ development after completing QCCP.

“The QCCP was very effective in providing our sales force with an in-depth understanding of the coffee industry and the coffee category in vending and OCS. We could immediately see the impact,” Sidwell said.

“It provided a major boost of confidence in how we engage the OCS operator—taking the conversation to a higher level. We place high premium on training and rely on the expertise of NAMA to provide this kind of quality program.”

NAMA will offer the QCCP at the upcoming OneShow in Chicago April 8-9. Attendees will gain a fundamental yet extensive understanding of coffee production and manufacturing, while experiencing guided tastings during this two day program.

The second day now includes the Single Serve Evaluation Process to give office coffee service operators the leverage they need in the growing single serve segment. Register now at

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $42 billion U.S. vending and refreshment services industry. With 1800 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research to its membership.

Source: NAMA

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