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Kum & Go Names “Supervisor of the Year”

Shannon Michels receives special honor. Shannon Michels, a Kum & Go associate since 1998, recently received the company’s prestigious “2011 Supervisor of the Year” award.  This marks the third straight year the company has recognized the Minot, N.D., native.  Michels, who resides in Williston, N.D., earned “2010 National Division Supervisor of the Year” and “2009

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Molly Hoyt Joins NACS

NACS hires meetings coordinator. Molly Hoyt has joined NACS, effective, Feb. 27, as its meetings coordinator. Prior to joining NACS, Hoyt worked at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, where she served as a meetings concierge and eventually assistant banquet manager, supervising all banquet functions at the hotel. Hoyt earned a B.S. in communication from Ohio

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Drew Arberg Joins NACS

Arberg appointed new data integrity coordinator. Drew Arberg has joined NACS as its data integrity coordinator. Most recently, Arberg worked as a research assistant for the Charleston School of Law’s Career Services Department. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in political science in 2009. Arberg is a resident of Reston, Va.

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Doug Reed Joins NACS

NACS welcomes vice president of marketing. Doug Reed joined NACS on Feb. 8 as its vice president of marketing. In this position, Reed will oversee the association’s marketing department and its related functions. Prior to joining NACS, Reed was the director of interactive technology at OTM Partners, and he was responsible for developing the plan,

Atlas Oil Sammy Award Winners (from left) Mark Robinson, Keith Wyatt, Sara Crooks, Sam Simon (Atlas CEO), Marlene Jewell, David Arehart and Brian Hansen (representing the Griffiths AMPM store in Griffiths, Ind.).

Atlas Oil Hosts First Annual Sammy Awards

The Sammy Awards are voted on by Atlas team members who wish to recognize excellence among their peers. It was a star-studded evening complete with a red carpet and Oscar-esque award statues on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Mich. “Atlas Oil is a company that prides itself on its entrepreneurial spirit

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Kum & Go’s Chief Operating Officer To Retire

An internal and external search is being launched for a new chief operating officer. Kum & Go Chief Operating Officer Dennis Folden is retiring from the company later this summer.  According to Folden, after more than four decades at Kum & Go, he felt the timing was perfect. “I have been honored to serve Kum

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AWMA’s Closing Super Session Panel Announced

AWMA’s 2012 Show Closing Super Session titled “What’s Driving the Changing Retail Landscape?” is set to be held Friday, Feb. 17., and will include insights from a panel of leading retailers that includes Tedeschi  Food Shops President & CEO Peter Tedeschi, Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin COO James F. Fiene, and CPD Energy CEO

Jenkins Joins Gilbarco Veeder-Root

Matt JenkinsMatt Jenkins has joined Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Commercial Business Unit as sales manager. In this role Matt will support the company’s Commercial and Industrial customers with products such as Gasboy PLUS fleet management solutions, Atlas fuel dispensers and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers, as well as Veeder-Root automatic tank gauges. “As part of our continued

Coinstar Inc. Announces Employee Promotions

Coinstar Inc., a provider of automated retail, has appointed Mary Leonard to chief performance officer and member of the Coinstar executive management team. Leonard previously served as senior vice president of operations for redbox, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar. Reporting to Gregg Kaplan, president and chief operating officer of Coinstar Inc., Leonard will replace retiring

NACS Welcomes New Board Members

NACS announced the election of five retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members assumed their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta this week. The NACS retail members elected to serve on the Board of Directors are: * Rahim Budhwani, CEO of

NACS Elects Executive Committee Officers

NACS announced the election of its 2010-11 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta this week. Jeff Miller, president of Norfolk, Virginia-based Miller Oil Co. Inc., was named the association’s 2010-11 chairman of the board. Miller also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial

Jim Smith Resigns From FPMA

The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA) has accepted the resignation of its president and CEO, Jim Smith. Smith, a member of the FPMA Hall of Fame, was active in the association as both a marketer member and its chief executive for over 30 years. “Jim has been one of the strongest advocates

PCATS Announces 2010 Board of Directors 


The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has announced the results of elections to the Board of Directors and its Officers for 2010. PCATS 
was founded in September 2003 to continue the development and maintenance of standards work initiated under the NACS Technology Standards Project. PCATS’ mission is to develop, maintain and assist members

Employee Appreciation Goes A Long Way

Carl Singleton has had a whirlwind career, rising through the ranks at Worsley Operating Corp. His colleagues describe him as a “force to be reckoned with” who has made a positive impact on his company since joining the team in 2006. Singleton embarked on his career in the c-store industry 14 years ago, beginning as

Nice N Easy Named CSD’s 2009 Chain of the Year

Nice guys do finish first. Nice N Grocery Shoppes Inc., the Canastota, N.Y. operator of 82 convenience stores, was named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2009 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Nice N Easy will be honored at an invitation-only gala at the Wynn Las Vegas during the NACS Show on Oct. 21.  “The last line

Things I Learned on the Way to the Convenience Store

The term “blessed” is trite but, in this case, true: My journey through the convenience store industry has seen me blessed with the friendships of so many special people. More than a few of them fit the mold reserved for greatness. I’d like to share some of the wonderful wisdom I’ve learned from them.

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