Industry veterans round out the NAG eight-member board for 2015.
The National Advisory Group (NAG), retail trade association for convenience store and petroleum operators, is proud to announce that Joe Hamza, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Tedsechi Food Shops, and Brent Mouton, President and CEO of Hit-n-Run Food Stores, have joined the Board of Directors.
As a member of the NAG board of directors, Hamza and Mouton will lend their extensive industry experience in identifying Burning Issues for upcoming NAG Conferences and Webcasts, selecting speakers and serving as NAG ambassadors for new and existing NAG members.
“Our participation in NAG has been very beneficial to our business,” Mouton said. “The friendships we have formed and the open exchange of ideas by retailers has been priceless. It’s the one conference I will always attend.”
Both Hamza and Mouton will serve two-year terms on the board. Tony Harris, president of Thorntons Inc., takes over as board chairman on Jan. 1, 2015, replacing Mary Banmiller, of Warrenton Oil.
“I’m very excited about joining the National Advisory Group board to share my knowledge and experience with retailers who share my passion and enthusiasm for our industry,” Hamza said. “NAG does an outstanding job connecting progressive c-store retailers who are eager to exchange new ideas and best practices. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to help advance this forum.”
The 2015 NAG Retail Board members include:
Tony Harris*, Thorntons Inc., Louisville, K.Y. Board Chairman
Mary Banmiller, Warrenton Oil, Truesdale, Mo., Past Board Chairman
Greg Ehrlich*, Englefield Oil Co., Heath, Ohio
Robert O’Conner*, O’Conner Petroleum Co., Hales Corners, Wis.
Joe Sucharzewski*, Dion’s Quik Marts, Key West, Fla.
Peter Tamburro*, Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, Canastota, N.Y.
Joe Hamza, Tedeschi Food Shops, Rockland, Mass.
Brent Mouton, Hit-n-Run Food Stores, Lafayette, La.
*denotes returning board member
“Our NAG board represents a wonderful mix of the very best retailers in the convenience store industry,” said John Lofstock, Executive Director of NAG. “The Board includes executive decision makers with experience in all aspects of convenience retailing. Under their guidance we will continue our mission of serving small and mid-sized chains in the competitive convenience store industry.”
NAG AT WORK FOR THE INDUSTRY
The National Advisory Group is part of The Convenience Store Decisions Group. It is a retail trade association driven by retailers for retailers and is an organization committed to building profits and relationships. NAG is aimed at small, mid-size convenience and family-owned convenience store chains and the executives that run them.
NAG members meet annually to examine pressing issues affecting the convenience store and petroleum industry. Through education, networking and NAG’s world-class Information Exchanges, NAG members and the supplier companies that support them have formed lasting friendships and partnerships that have helped storeowners increase profits, reduce operating costs and explore new ideas for expanding their business.
As the convenience store and petroleum industry continues to evolve, training the next generation leaders of tomorrow is more important than ever before. NAG relaunched the Young Executives Organization (YEO) in 2012 to help young executives have a group that is solely focused on exchanging personal experiences with peers in their age group. YEO accomplishes this mission by leveraging the experience of NAG members to help foster superior leadership skills.
NAG is also committed to helping convenience store retailers cultivate the executive leaders of tomorrow through higher education. In keeping with that theme NAG is proud to offer scholarship funding for children of NAG members.
For information about NAG, membership or the 2015 NAG conference at the El Dorado Hotel and Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Sept. 13-16), visit http://www.nagconvenience.com or email at [email protected].