Our Story

The Journey from a Single Vending Machine to a Premier Company

Bottoms Up Vending is a premier vending company based in Posen, Illinois that provides free vending machines to high-traffic locations such as offices, schools, and hospitals. The company was started in 2003 by Izzy Russell, who purchased his first vending machine with his savings and set it up in a busy area. It began as every good American company does — out of a garage. Shortly after opening, Bottoms Up expanded and would require a warehouse location. At that time in 2006 we moved to our first warehouse location in Skokie, IL From that humble beginning, Bottoms Up Vending has grown to serve well over 200 locations in Illinois and the surrounding areas.

What sets Bottoms Up Vending apart from other vending companies is their strong focus on customer service. The company understands that vending machines are not just about providing snacks and drinks but are also about providing convenience and a positive experience for customers. To achieve this, Bottoms Up Vending takes care of everything from installation to maintenance, so customers and employees can easily access snacks and drinks. The company uses inventory management systems to ensure that their vending machines are always fully stocked with fresh and popular products.

From Delivery Car
From Delivery Car
To Delivery Van
To Delivery Van
To Delivery Truck
To Delivery Truck

Today, Bottoms Up Vending continues to steadily grow and employ 15 people. The company has multiple trucks and warehouses to ensure that they can serve their clients’ needs effectively. Their commitment to customer service remains at the forefront of their business strategy, which has helped establish them as one of the premier vending companies in Illinois.

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, Bottoms Up Vending’s story is a testament to the value of hard work, determination, and a strong focus on customer service. By believing in yourself and being willing to take risks, you can make your dreams a reality, just like Izzy did with Bottoms Up Vending.

Bottoms Up Vending is helping businesses improve employee satisfaction. In one case the customer satisfaction was up 30% in just 3 months. You can check out the case study here.

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We Provide Vending Services That Improve Workplace Productivity

Our team keeps your team: Happy, Satisfied, and Productive.

Our Team

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Kenneth Reeves

Office Manager
Founder Bottoms Up Vending

Izzy Russell

Founder & CEO

Jason Montovan

Director of Operations
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Scott Winters

Route Driver
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Anthony Hunter

Route Driver
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Joe Adams

Technician
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Kevin Keiran

Route Driver
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Jeff Hanson

Route Driver
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Zachary M.

Technician / Routing
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Eric Lopez

Route Driver
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Jamal Mills

Route Driver
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Justice R.

Warehouse Manager
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Rashaun C.

Route Driver
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Danny Smith

Route Driver
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Bill Kennan

Route Driver
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Michael Ford

Route Driver