Automatic Merchandiser

AUG 2015

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nvest in your organiza- tion and you will succeed. That is the motto at Accent Food Services, a 240 plus employee total refreshment solu- tion provider in central Texas. In recent years, Accent has remade itself, putting processes in place that signifcantly impact its ability to gain new business. In 2014, new micro market, vending and OCS service opportunities represented $4.4 million of revenue. Accent saw a 14 percent increase across all segments, the largest organic growth year the company has ever had. The driving force behind Accent's success is its investment in talented personnel led by a two- man team, Tom Hawkins, one of the original founders of Accent and now chairman of the board, and Josh Rosenberg, current presi- dent and CEO. Born of a merger "Accent Food Services began in July 1994 when [another operator] and I decided to merge our two small vending businesses," said Hawkins. The merger formed a 3-route operation headquartered in Austin, TX. Hawkins became president of the new company and grew it into a premier provider I NOLOGY Independent O P E R A T I O N P R O F I L E Automatic Merchandiser 29

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