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    Applications Open for 2007 NACS Jim Yates Scholarships

    Ten scholarships will award retailer employees $3,000 for the cost of college education.

    ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Applications are now available for the 2007 NACS Jim Yates Scholarships, an annual scholarship program that recognizes employees in the industry that are dedicated to achieving excellence in retailing, boast strong leadership skills at the store level and maintain persistence in the pursuit of education.

    The one-year scholarships are given in honor of the late Jim Yates, founder of E-Z Mart Stores Inc. NACS, the association for convenience and petroleum retailing, will select 10 scholarship winners to receive $3,000 for costs of career education at a college, in addition to complimentary registration, lodging and travel to the NACS Show 2007, which will take place Nov. 5 to 9 in Atlanta.

    "The scholarship means so much to me," said Brenda Rohn, manager for Gas America Services and recipient of the 2006 Yates Scholarship. "I am now able to fulfill a life long dream to go to college." Of the ten winners from last year, seven of them are older than age 30 and have been with their company for at least 15 years.

    Applicants must work for a NACS retail member company and must be enrolled in the fall 2007 for undergraduate academic study. The deadline to submit applications is May 4.

    Companies may nominate multiple applicants. For an application or more information, click here or contact Erin Mitchell at [email protected] or (703) 518-4241.

    In other NACS news, Leroy L. Kelsey III joined NACS, as the manager of industry analytics. In the position, Kelsey will analyze a database of information from the association's annual NACS State of the Industry report. In addition, he also conducts surveys and develops new tools and metrics to benefit association members.

    Before joining NACS, Kelsey spent time with the Eastern division of Safeway, where he was responsible for a labor database covering 180 locations and 18,000 employees, labor/cost control, analysis, logistics and reporting. He also served as an industrial engineer and business analyst at Intel, Motorola and On Semiconductor.

    Also joining NACS was Seva Raskin as its director of supplier relations and advertising. In this position, Raskin will develop NACS Supplier Member programs, serve as liaison to NACS Hunter Club members and oversee the association's advertising relationships. Prior to joining NACS, she was an account executive for the Oil Price Information Service.

    "Seva brings an ideal combination of industry knowledge, customer relations expertise and sales skills to this position," said NACS senior vice president of events and supplier relations, Jane Berzan. "The foundation of our business model is cultivating relationships with our members, and with Seva's passion for customer service and her strong background in customer relationship management, we are excited to have Seva join our team and help take our programs to a new level."

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