PCATS Celebrating Five Years

Members of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) will celebrate the organization’s fifth year next month when they gather at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando, Fla.

PCATS members are gathering for the annual conference at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando that month (from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29), but they’ll also be celebrating their Fifth Anniversary at a party on Jan. 27.

All PCATS five-year members are being recognized at the event.

A nonprofit dues-based association, PCATS was formed by members of the Technology Project at The Association for Convenience & Petroleum Retailing (NACS). PCATS opened its doors as a separate entity on Jan. 1, 2004, and has become the trusted third party that brings competitors together in a neutral setting to work on initiatives for technology standards.

Sponsors for PCATS Fifth Anniversary Celebration include Anheuser-Busch Inc., CMi Solutions Inc., Flash Foods Inc., Gilbarco Veeder-Root, KickBack Rewards, PepsiCo Inc., VeriFone Inc. and W. Capra Consulting Group.

Some PCATS members and their comments on the upcoming conference:

“As PCATS Vice Chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the companies that have come forward as sponsors for the Annual Conference. Without their financial contribution, events like this would not be possible. The interaction that PCATS facilitates is extremely valuable to us all.” - Kraig Adams, director of collaborative customer capabilities, The Coca-Cola Company

“We look forward to acknowledging all of our hard-working members at the PCATS 5th Anniversary celebratory dinner at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. It is important to recognize the companies that have been committed to the PCATS mission since its establishment. The longevity of PCATS depends upon ongoing membership involvement and support.”- Scott Rockafellow, senior manager of E-Business Solutions, Anheuser-Busch Inc.; PCATS Membership & Marketing Chair

“It is a distinct honor and pleasure to serve an association that works tirelessly to help level the playing field for retailers like myself. PCATS provides access to expertise that is hard to find and a forum for me to personally connect with industry leaders. I have gained valuable knowledge and cultivated key business relationships at PCATS networking events such as the one being held at Margaritaville.” - Jenny Bullard, chief information officer, Flash Foods

“It is hard to believe that all of this began with a handful of retailers and suppliers at NACS with a common vision. As one of the founding members of PCATS, it has been a very rewarding journey to champion this initiative along with my fellow retailers. There are many significant possibilities ahead for PCATS.” - Scott E. Hartman, president and CEO of CHR Corp (Rutter’s Farm Stores)

“I am proud to participate in this cohesive and dynamic organization which is industry directed and managed. PCATS provides retailers of any size with the ability to revitalize their businesses with standards that have been tested and implemented successfully by others. I hope that more industry members leverage the cost-effective solutions that this formal standards body has to offer as well as the programs that have been developed within last few years.”- Gabriel Olives, Turkey Hill Minit Markets Vice President of IT/Petroleum; PCATS Vice Chair

“Since its inception, PCATS has brought about many positive initiatives and we’re looking forward to building on them throughout the coming years,” “We want to continue to provide the necessary tools for our members to remain successful and profitable in the industry. We are grateful to have such dedicated members. PCATS looks forward to continuing to be an integral part of the industry’s bright future.”- John C. Hervey, retiring executive director and CEO of PCATS

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