The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) on Wednesday, Oct. 19, announced the election of new retail members to its Board of Directors. The new members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.
New board members are:
- Chris Coborn, president & CEO of Saint Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s Inc.
- Brian Hannasch, president & CEO at Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
- Chuck McDaniel, vice president of facilities, Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp.
- Glenn Plumby, senior vice president operations at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC
- Art Stawski, President, Pueblo-Colo.-based Loaf ‘N Jug
A member-driven organization, NACS is led by a 30-member Board of Directors, which includes three retailers from non-North American countries. In addition, the chairman and chairman-elect of the NACS Supplier Board also serve on the Board of Directors.
The following are brief biographies of the five new NACS Board members:
CHRIS COBORN, President & CEO, Coborn’s Inc.
Coborn is president and CEO of family-owned Coburn’s, a corporation of 120+ grocery, pharmacy, convenience, liquor, retail stores and central facilities in the Midwest. Coborn’s employs about 7,600 people in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Coborn promotes a corporate culture of leadership through community involvement and charitable contributions. His company is a recognized leader in promoting charitable contributions through development and promotion of a Community Leaders Volunteer Program for employees, initiation of needed social and human service programs to meet community need, and educational support of community’s youth through employee education and scholarships. Coborn graduated from St. John’s University with a B.S. in management.
BRIAN HANNASCH, President & CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Hannasch was appointed president and CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard in September 2014. In this role he has oversight for global operations of the company. Prior to his current role, he was COO since May 2010, and during that time had all functions of the company reporting to him, with the exception of the CFO. During this period, Hannasch also helped lead the acquisition and integration of Statoil Fuel and Retail into the ACT family. From May 2008 to 2010, he was senior vice president, U.S. operations. From 2004 to 2008, Hannasch was senior vice president, Western North America and vice president, integration. In 2001, he was appointed vice president operations, U.S. Midwest and responsible for U.S. operations. From 2000 to 2001, Hannasch was vice president of operations for Bigfoot Food Stores LLC, a 225-unit convenience store chain in the Midwest, Couche-Tard’s first step into the U.S. market. From 1989 to 2000, Hannasch was employed by BP Amoco in various positions of increasing responsibility. Hannasch holds a B.A. in finance from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.
CHUCK McDANIEL, Vice President of Facilities, QuikTrip Corporation
McDaniel serves as vice president of facilities, for QuikTrip Corporation, a privately held convenience and gasoline marketer headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1958, QuikTrip has more than 700 stores in 11 states, with more than 19,000 employees. McDaniel began work for QuikTrip Corporation in July 1991 as a night assistant manager in Kansas City. He worked in operations through April 2000 through the position of store supervisor. In May 2000, Chuck was promoted to director of facility support in Tulsa, overseeing QuikTrip’s maintenance department. In 2003, he was promoted to director of facilities, overseeing various departments in QT’s store development department. McDaniel graduated from Central Missouri University in 1990 with a degree in business administration.
GLENN PLUMBY, Senior Vice President Operations, Speedway LLC
Plumby has more than 35 years’ experience starting in 1981 with Marathon Oil Company. He held various accounting and marketing positions until being transferred to Emro Marketing (Speedway) in 1994. Over the last 22 years at Speedway, Plumby has held positions including vice president of light product marketing, vice president marketing and vice president operations, construction and real estate.
Plumby graduated from Miami University in 1981 with a B.S. in accounting and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Toledo in 1985. He attended Indiana University Executive education program in 1993 and attended the Wharton School Advanced Management program in 2012.
ARTHUR STAWSKI, President, Loaf ‘N Jug
Stawski is president of Load ‘N Jug, a chain of convenience stores owned by Kroger and headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado. Stawski was inducted into the Pueblo Hall of Fame for community advocacy in 2012. He received the Pueblo Business Person of the Year award from the Pueblo Chamber in 2009 and was selected as the Community Advocate of the Year by the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation in 2007. He also served on the NACS Coca-Cola Retail Council from 2010 to 2014. Stawski began his career in the convenience store industry with Total Petroleum when he was 19 years old.
Stawski attended the University of New Orleans and earned his B.S. in business management from the University of Phoenix.
The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo.