Mourning the Loss of Our Founder
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of our founder Thomas A. Nesser.
Be assured that Sirness will continue to operate without interruption and with the high standards and quality of service that have been the company’s goals from the beginning. We value your business and look forward to continuing to serve you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Wahl at 426-3010.
Hot-Beverage Vending And OCS Pioneer Thomas Nesser Dies At 80
by Tim Sanford, Editor
ROCHESTER, NY — Thomas A. Nesser, the founder of Sirness Services here, died on Feb. 26. He was 80.
Nesser began his involvement with the workplace services industry in western New York in the early 1950s, working for Kwik Kafe of Rochester. Kwik Kafe offered franchises to operate the brand-new coffee vending machines invented by Cyrus Melikian and Lloyd Rudd, who later established Rudd-Melikian. The Rochester franchise was one of the first.
The operation was one of four charter members of Automatic Retailers of America (now Aramark) in 1959. Nesser remained with the fast-growing organization, assuming responsibilities for account sales and retention. ARA became the dominant provider of vending and foodservice management services in its market area.
In 1977, Nesser recognized the potential of office coffee service, then a new, fast-growing industry. He and his son, Thomas Jr., established Sirness Services, ably assisted by their local coffee roaster friends Sid and Bob Maves.
The new company began selling Maves/La Touraine coffee to business and industry clients, and soon grew out of the founders’ basement. Within six years, Sirness Services employed more than 20 people and was selling a wide variety of local and national brands. It since has grown into a diversified workplace services operation offering not only office refreshment services but also full-line vending. The company today has a staff of 40 and annual revenues of $7 million.
A strong believer in quality coffee and customer service, Nesser watched the growth of the specialty coffee industry with great satisfaction. Sirness Services was the first to offer the Keurig coffee system in the Rochester area.
Sirness Services will continue Tom Nesser’s legacy under the direction of his nephew Mark Wahl, a 16-year veteran of the business, and Tom Nesser Jr., who has been involved from the beginning.
Industry loses Thomas Nesser
Vending and OCS veteran Thomas A. Nesser passed away recently after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80. Nesser was the founder and president of Sirness Services Inc. in Rochester N.Y. which he founded in 1977. He was involved in the vending and foodservice industry in western New York since the early 1950s.
Industry Loses Coffee Service And Vending Veteran Thomas A. Nesser
Vending and coffee service veteran Thomas A. Nesser passed away recently after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80. Nesser was the founder and president of Sirness Services Inc. in Rochester N.Y. which he founded in 1977. He was involved in the vending and foodservice industry in western New York since the early 1950s.
He first worked for Kwik Kafe of Rochester, one of the first Kwik Kafe franchises. Kwik Kafe of Rochester sold out to Automatic Retailers of America (ARA Services/Aramark) in 1959. ARA became the predominant provider of vending and food service management in the Rochester area with over 40 routes, achieving $10 million in annual sales in 1970.
Nesser, with the help of his son Tom Jr. and his local coffee roaster friend’s Sid and Bob Maves, began selling Maves/LaTouraine coffee to business and industry customers. The company evolved into a diversified operation employing over 20 people in the first six years.
Sirness Services is a full line vending and coffee service operation employing 40 people and occupying 40,000 square feet, with revenues of $7 million. Sirness Services continues under the leadership of Nesser’s nephew, Mark Wahl, who has worked with Sirness for 16 years, and Tom Nesser Jr., who has been involved with the company since the beginning.