Letter from the President

I visit with operators from across the state at trade shows, distributer food shows, NAMA, and the TMVA annual meeting.  Occasionally I am asked “Why should I join TMVA?” “What’s in it for me?” I’d like to offer some answers to these questions since I asked them myself several years ago prior to joining TMVA. There are three primary reasons TMVA exists and for you to join us; Legislative action, Networking, and Education.

Our presence and action in Austin makes a difference. Consider the catastrophic results that would result from a change in the tax calculation method that we now have. If the Texas Legislature makes changes that negatively impact our calculation method many operators will be put out of business. The NAMA ratios report shows that a typical vending company is making 2% profit. Protecting our tax calculation method is of utmost importance to TMVA. This is done with the help of Mario Munoz, our industry representative in Austin. As a member of TMVA you will have the opportunity to attend the TMVA day in Austin and personally speak to your representative along with others.  TMVA facilitates all the scheduling; all you need to do is be willing to attend. This is one way you can help yourself and our industry.

Networking with other operators from across Texas has also been a great help to my business. Because our state is so large and diverse there are sure to be operators at TMVA events who are not your competitors. It is these connections that prove to be invaluable. Asking questions and visiting with these other operators can provide you information you would not otherwise learn. These answers to business questions can positively impact your bottom line when you return to work.

Finally, as with any area of life, education is the key to success. There are education sessions, and round table discussions over a variety of topics at the TMVA annual meeting. Including office coffee service, technology, “green” initiatives, and water just to give a few examples. We are working on a robust line-up of activities and education for our annual meeting September 24-26 in Austin, at the Barton Creek Resort and Spa. Save the date and make plans to join us. Please email me with any questions or comments regarding TMVA.

Very best regards,

Kendall Smith
TMVA President