NACS Announces 2012-13 NACS Executive Committee Officers

David Carpenter takes the helm as chairman of the board.

NACS announced the election of its 2012-13 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas, which ran through Oct. 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Dave Carpenter, president and CEO of West Des Moines-based J.D. Carpenter Companies Inc., was named the association’s 2012-13 chairman of the board. Carpenter also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the association.

Also named to the NACS Executive Committee were the following NACS retail members:

• NACS Vice Chairman-Treasurer: Brad Call, general counsel and executive vice president of adventure culture at North Salt Lake, Utah-based Maverik Inc.;

• NACS Vice Chairman of Convention: Patrick Lewis, partner at Twin Falls, Idaho-based Oasis Stop ’N Go Convenience Stores;

• NACS Vice Chairman of Member Services: Jack Kofdarali, president at Corona, Calif.-based J&T Management Inc.;

• NACS Vice Chairman of Government Relations: Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support at LaCrosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip Inc.;

• NACS Vice Chairman of NACSPAC, Peter Tedeschi, president & CEO at Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops;

• NACS Vice Chairman of Research: Joseph Sheetz, executive vice president of finance and store development at Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc.; and

• NACS Vice Chairman: Tony Kenney, president at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC.

Also on the NACS Executive Committee are 2011-12 NACS Chairman Tom Robinson, president of Robinson Oil Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) and 2010-11 NACS Chairman Jeff Miller, president of Miller Oil Co. Inc., (Norfolk, Va.).

The NACS Show is ranked as the 47th largest tradeshow in the U.S. and is ranked the top show in the country for attracting attendees responsible for buying plans. More than 22,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the NACS Show, which features three days of general sessions, 53 educational sessions and 1,200 exhibiting companies in a 380,000-plus net-square-foot exposition floor.

 Meet the NACS Board:

Dave Carpenter: NACS Chairman
Dave Carpenter is president and CEO of West Des Moines, Iowa-based J.D. Carpenter Companies Inc. Carpenter had most recently served as NACS treasurer, where he was responsible for overseeing the association’s financial plan. He has been a member of the NACS Board of Directors since 2002, and previously served as and as vice chairman of convention and as a member of the NACS Member Services and Research & Development committees.

J.D. Carpenter Companies was founded by Carpenter’s grandfather in 1935. The company has been involved in many facets of the industry ranging from retail stores in Michigan and Iowa to multiple bulk fuel and propane plants to a petroleum terminal on the Mississippi River.

Carpenter began his career by opening Prolube Oil Change Centers in the early 1990s. He also started a small chain of high-volume ShortStop convenience stores, which were sold in 2010. Today, Carpenter directly operates 7-Eleven stores in Colorado.

Carpenter is active in a number of state and community organizations, serving as former chairman of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa and as national chairman of the ConocoPhillips National Advisory Council for two years. He currently is a member of the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council. Carpenter earned a degree in business from the University of Iowa.

Brad Call: NACS Vice Chairman, Government Relations
Brad Call is a member of Maverik Inc.’s Board of Directors and serves Maverik as general counsel and executive vice president of adventure culture, which includes human resources, leadership development and recruiting, public relations and marketing. As the NACS treasurer, Carpenter is responsible for overseeing the association’s financial plan. He has most recently served as NACS vice chairman of government relations.

With 200 stores, Maverik is the largest independent chain of convenience stores in the inter-mountain west. Maverik was founded in 1928 by Call’s grandfather. Prior to joining Maverik full time in 1998, Call was employed as corporate counsel and director of congressional affairs for Fluor Corp. in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his NACS activities, Call currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Beehive Bank. He earned a B.S in accounting in 1990 from Brigham Young University and a J.D. in 1993 from the George Washington School of Law; Call served as Republican president at both institutions.

Patrick Lewis: NACS Vice Chairman, Convention
Patrick Lewis is partner of Twin Falls, Idaho-based Oasis Stop ’N Go Convenience Stores. As NACS Vice Chairman of convention, Lewis leads the activities of the NACS Convention Committee, which oversees the development and implementation of NACS events, including the NACS Show, one of the 50 largest annual tradeshows in the United States. He most recently served as NACS vice chairman of technology and as chair of PCATS (Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards).

Lewis began his career in the convenience store industry in 1987 with Circle K Corp. In 1995, he became a partner of Oasis Stop ’N Go Convenience Stores, a company serving customers at 13 Twin Falls-area locations. He is also the CEO of KickBack Points LLC, a customer rewards program provider founded in 2000 that is built around the convenience store industry. Today, convenience retailers in 49 states and in Canada participate in the program.

In the community, Lewis is active with many local charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also a member of National Association of Realtors and the Idaho State Board of Realtors.

Lewis, a resident of Twin Falls, graduated from George Fox University with a degree in management and organizational leadership.

Jack Kofdarali: NACS Vice Chairman, Member Services
Jack Kofdarali is president of J&T Management Inc., which operates 26 Arco am/pm stores and is currently expanding its Southern California presence with new Shell/Circle K and Chevron Extra Mile stores. As the NACS vice chairman of member services, Kofdarali oversees the association’s Member Services Committee, which sets the strategic direction for NACS with respect to retail membership value.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Kofdarali came to the U.S. in 1980. He and his family’s first business was a liquor store in Newport Beach, California. In 1990, they purchased their first gas station in Calimesa, California. In 2000, Kofdarali became sole owner of J&R Oil Co. and continued to grow the business. J&R Oil Co. became J&T Management as the business diversified. In addition to building and operating convenience stores, the company also develops commercial retail centers throughout Southern California, owns and manages apartment units in Texas and provides business operations oversight for convenience and fuel retailers. Kofdarali also is currently vice chair for the BP Franchise Advisory Council.

Steve Loehr: NACS Vice Chairman, Government Relations
Steve Loehr is vice president of operations support for Kwik Trip Inc., which operates about 375 Kwik Trip and Kwik Star convenience stores throughout three states. As the NACS vice chairman of government relations, Call oversees the association’s Legislative Committee. He most recently served as NACS vice chairman of convention.

A fourth-generation, family-owned business, Kwik Trip opened its first store in 1965 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In addition to its corporate Support Center, which handles the administrative needs of stores, the company owns a bakery, commissary, dairy, distribution warehouse and vehicle maintenance divisions.

Prior to joining Kwik Trip 20 years ago, Loehr owned and operated a supermarket in the 1980s and worked for Gateway Foods of Pennsylvania, serving four years as its president. He is active in a number of industry groups, serving on the boards of the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association and Wisconsin Grocers Association, and is a member of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA). Loehr also is a board member of Merchants Bank, Martin Luther College, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance and Western Technical College. He earned a B.S. in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

Peter Tedeschi: NACS Vice Chairman, NACSPAC
Peter Tedeschi is president & CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops, which operates 196 stores, various commercial real estate properties and the Tedeschi Fresh Foods Commissary. As the NACS vice chairman of NACSPAC, Tedeschi oversees the efforts of NACSPAC, the convenience store industry’s political action committee.

Tedeschi is part of the third generation of the family-owned business that began in 1923 when his grandfather, Angelo Tedeschi, started selling imported Italian meats and cheeses from his home.

Prior to joining Tedeschi Food Shops as its president and COO in 2008, Tedeschi was an entrepreneurial pioneer in the computer industry before becoming an executive in Boston’s financial industry, where he was most recently senior vice president and director of operations for Putnam Investments.

Tedeschi currently serves on the South Shore Chamber’s Executive Board, as a Trustee for the South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation and a member of STEP Education’s Advisory Board. He attended Stonehill College, where he graduated as the president of his senior class with a degree in political science.

Joseph Sheetz: NACS Vice Chairman, Research
Joseph Sheetz is executive vice president of finance and store development Sheetz Inc., which operates 429 stores across six states.

As the NACS vice chairman of research, Sheetz oversees the association’s Research Committee, which directs the association’s research and development initiatives and programs to promote the ongoing competitive viability of the channel.

Since 1952, Sheetz Inc. has grown from a small dairy/deli in Altoona to one of the fastest- growing, family-owned convenience stores in the world.

Sheetz joined the company in 1995 as director of personnel and later served as executive vice president of finance before being promoted to his current position in 2006. He previously was a pension and benefit consultant for Consulting Group Inc. (CGI).

Sheetz is the former chairman of Mount Aloysius College and chairman of the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, past president of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce and co-founder and Board member of Operation Our Town. He earned a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tony Kenney: NACS Vice Chairman
Tony Kenney is president of Speedway LLC, which operates approximately 1,460 stores in seven states.

Kenney has over 36 years of experience in the convenience retailing and fuels industries. In 2005, he was named president of Speedway LLC (formerly known as Speedway SuperAmerica LLC), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC).

Kenney has held numerous positions within Marathon Oil Corp.’s International and Domestic Exploration and Production Accounting organizations and in MPC’s Supply and Transportation and Business Development organizations. At Speedway, he previously served as commercial manager, controller, treasurer and vice president of finance and ITS. Kenney earned a B.S. in accounting from Miami University.






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