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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) wrapped up its 28th Annual Meeting and Convention at the Ritz Carlton Resort in Amelia Island, Florida with new officers and directors, and top honors for Hinesville, Ga. Store manager.
This year's convention, dubbed "Strong Against the Tide," attracted more than 600 retailers and suppliers, according to Jim Tudor, president of the Snellville, Ga.-based association.
In addition to the training sessions and entertainment, GACS recognized Emily Cooksey, of Hinesville-based Tattnall Foods, as the Georgia Store Manager of the Year. Roger Phillips, of Made-Rite Sandwiches, Ooltewah, Tenn., received The Barron Thorpe Supplier of the Year award.
At the association general meeting the following officers were elected to serve for 2002-2003:
* Chairman, Greg Woolard, Tattnall Foods, Glennville, Ga.
* Vice Chairman, Finance, Aden Griffis, Aden's Minit Markets, Douglas, Ga.
* Vice Chairman, Annual Meeting, Bill Bryson, Flash Foods, Waycross, Ga.
* Vice Chairman, Membership, Jimmy Morgan, J.R. Morgan Oil Co., Carrollton, Ga.
* Vice Chairman, Legislative, Ga..ry Hirano, Golden Pantry Food Stores, Bogart, Ga.
* Vice Chairman, Training, Brian Griffith, Golden Pantry Food Stores, Bogart, Ga.
New association directors were also elected:
* David Dill, Gate Marketing, Jacksonville, Fla.
* Robert Eaves, The Right Stuff Food Stores, Atlanta, Ga.
* Chuck McCullough, Interstate Brands, Stone Mountain, Ga.
* Rob Patterson, Mini-Food Stores, Macon, Ga.
* Chruck Vires, Spectrum Stores, West Point, Ga.
Above: Emily Cooksey of Tattnall Foods, received the 2002 Georgia Store Manager of the Year award for 2002.