Marianne Abiaad Named 2023 Bert Nathan Award Honoree
The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has announced that Marianne Abiaad, Executive Vice President at Royal Corporation, has been selected as the 2023 Bert Nathan Memorial Award Honoree. Presented by NAC each year to recognize leadership and significant accomplishment in the Theatre Concessions Industry, the award honors the late Bert Nathan, a past president of the Association and industry leader. The presentation will take place on July 19, 2023 at the Awards Luncheon during the 2023 Concession & Hospitality Expo at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. The recipient is chosen by vote of the majority of previous Bert Nathan Award recipients.
Marianne Abiaad, is the Executive Vice President at Royal Corporation, a national single source supplier of paper, chemicals, sanitary, janitorial, food service and concession supplies and equipment, with market specific expertise and products. In addition to being a tireless advocate for NAC, Abiaad has served the Board of Directors as West Coast Regional Vice President since 2013. She has also served on the Education Committee.
Her company, Royal Corporation, has been instrumental in getting the Regional Seminar Series off to a great start by hosting the biennial kick-off session and setting the bar high in terms of execution and attendance. In 2019, Marianne was presented the coveted Krystal La Reese-Gaule Membership Award. The annual award is presented to the member who sponsors the most new NAC full memberships during the most recent fiscal year. She recruited seven new members that year. The 2019 Geneva Convention honored Marianne and George Abiaad with the Ben Marcus Humanitarian Award.
Marianne Abiaad joins a long list of exceptionally talented and generous honorees. Past recipients of the Bert Nathan Award include Maria Angles, ECM; Brian Biehn; Norman Chesler; Andrew Cretors, ACS; Charlie Cretors; Denise de Zutter; Gina DiSanto, CCM; Larry Etter; John Evans, Jr.; Tim Farha; Evan Gordon; Adam Gottlieb, ACS; Wally Helton, ECM; John Irace; Tony Irace; Dan Kroeger; Ron Krueger II; Bill LeClair; Rob Lehman; Jack Leonard; Peter Leyh; Libby Mauro; Mike Mosher; Rob Novak; Shelly Olesen, ACS; Bruce Proctor, ECM; Bill Rector; Krista Schulte; Robert Scribner; Jeff Scudillo; Bob Shimmin; Bruce Taffet; Anita Watts and the late Bill Chaplain, J.C. Evans, Shelley Feldman, Frank Liberto, Len Marsh, Bert Nathan and Skip Stefansen.
About NAC: The National Association of Concessionaires, founded in 1944, 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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