Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems at Verifone, has been named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.
In addition, Jay Ard, vice president of national sales CR at The Coca-Cola Co., was named chair-elect and will succeed McGuinness as 2017–18 chairman. McGuinness and Ard were named to their positions during the NACS Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.
McGuinness began his career in 1983 with Paradyne Corp. before partnering with a Belgium-based technology firm to form Perdata Corp., where he pioneered POS integrations for the late Sam Jacobsen’s Pick Kwik and PDQ Food Stores, as well as Nice N Easy and other industry retailers.
McGuinness joined Verifone when it acquired Perdata in 1992. McGuinness has spearheaded key standards development initiatives with Conexxus—the non-profit organization that drives standards, technology innovation and advocacy for the convenience industry. Today, McGuinness leads product and engineering teams for Verifone’s global line of business in the convenience store and petroleum markets.
Ard joined the Coca-Cola system in April 1979 as a route driver for the Rainwater Coca-Cola Bottling Group. Over the next 15 years, he held numerous positions, each with increasing responsibility. In 1994, he relocated to New Orleans to serve as the area vice president for south Louisiana and was later promoted to general manager of the Gulf States Division and general manager of the Florida Division. In 2005, he assumed his current position as vice president of national sales, convenience retail.
The NACS Supplier Board is comprised of individuals from NACS supplier member companies that represent different product and service categories in the convenience store industry.
Three vice chairmen also were elected to the five-member Supplier Board leadership team:
Drew Mize, president, The Pinnacle Corp.
Tim Quinn, vice president trade development, Mars Chocolate North America LLC
Dave Riser, vice president external relations, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
In addition, three new members were elected to the NACS Supplier Board:
Cindy McEntire, team leader, Nestle
David Charles, president and CEO, Cash Depot
George Ubing, national sales director-Convenience Channel, E&J Gallo Winery
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.