Friday June 8, 5:06 pm Eastern Time
Key Executives Organize Kiosk Industry Association
LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kiosks.org, which has functioned
as a virtual, online organization since 1993, has taken another step toward
establishing itself as a formal association promoting the business and
professional interests of the electronic, self-service industry.
The organization, which has
doubled in the last year, held a meeting April 25-26 in Orlando, Fla.
The meeting was
organized by NetWorld Alliance, parent company of kiosks.org.
Craig Keefner, founder and publisher of kiosks.org and a senior vice
president of NetWorld Alliance, said that the association members plan to
proactively address many of the issues facing the kiosk and self-service
``The industry has grown so much that members are ready and willing to
start actively directing and leading the association,'' said Keefner.
the years, the members have been very involved in the decision-making for
This is a natural next step.''
Keefner said kiosks.org members have always played a major role in the
association's formation and decision-making.
In the future, he said, the
association will decide on what projects to fund, such as independent market
research and marketing initiatives.
At the Orlando meeting, held at the Bay Hill golf resort, the 14
executives in attendance made decisions regarding the establishment of bylaws,
formation of committees and the election of officers.
The association is open
to anyone engaged in and interested in the electronic kiosk industry.
Along with Keefner and NetWorld executives Dick Good, Bob Fincher and Tom
Harper, those in attendance included Gary Curran (Companion Systems), Steve
Bellinghausen (Compaq Computer Corp.), Shawn Proffitt (CyberTotems
Technologies LLC), Richard A. Rommel (Eastman Kodak Co.), Scott Smith (Elo
TouchSystems Inc.), Greg Swistak (Factura Corp.), Mike Mayer (Frank Mayer &
Associates), Billy Giammo (IBM), Rick Malone (Kiosk Information Systems), Otto
Lohse (MEI), Thomas D. Smith (MontegoNet), Mike Zweber (NCR Corp.), Alex
Richardson and Bob Ventresca (Netkey) and Derek Stewart (Netshift Software).
Other companies involved included Apple Computer, Symbol Technologies and
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