The annual Larry D. Hanson Award is given to an individual who is passionate about the motion picture industry, has a good working relationship with studios and is well respected in the industry. The recipient is also active in NATO, has a positive attitude, and is a selfless advocate for independent theater owners.
Among other Industry activities, DiSanto is the current President of NATO of Pennsylvania. She served as eight-year term on the NATO executive board, and is a founding director and executive board member of the Independent Cinema Alliance (ICA).
DiSanto’s career of leadership and influence spans the entire exhibition industry. She became a member of NAC in 1998 and served on the board from 2002 to 2019. In 2006, she received the coveted Bert Nathan Memorial Award from NAC. A valuable advocate for NAC, DiSanto has reached the lofty Sapphire Pin status for recruiting new members. She currently serves on the NAC Government Relations Committee and is a frequent contributor to educational sessions at CinemaCon and the NAC Concession and Hospitality Expo.
About NAC: The National Association of Concessionaires, in its 75th year, is the trade association for the recreation and leisure-time food and beverage concessions industry. Members are comprised of the owners and operators of facilities such as: Movie Theatres, Stadiums & Arenas, Zoos & Aquariums, Colleges & Universities, Foodservice Contractors, Park & Recreation Departments, Amusement Parks & Family Entertainment Centers, Ice and Roller Skating Rinks, Racetracks, Bowling Centers, Outdoor facilities, Convention centers and Performing Arts Centers. Our members also are the companies that provide products and services to these facilities, including: Suppliers, Equipment Manufacturers, Popcorn Processors, Jobber Distributors, Consultants and Brokers.
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