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    Hutter Leaving NACS

    Senior V.P. to join Hill & Knowlton as senior managing director.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Lindsay Hutter, senior vice president of communications and public relations for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), is leaving NACS to join public relations firm Hill & Knowlton U.S. The move is effective Oct. 21.

    After wrapping up her work for NACS at its annual convention next month in Orlando, Hutter will join the Hill & Knowlton team as a senior managing director and will help build the firm's association-based practice. In 2001, the 75-year-old agency was named the most outstanding public relations firm in America.

    "It has been our great fortune to have Lindsay as part of our team for 15 years," said NACS President and CEO Kerley LeBoeuf. "She has been a key player here and has either led or been involved in many of the association's key initiatives."

    Hill & Knowlton is NACS' retained public relations firm that helped launch the 1999 NACS Dangerfield Project. In her new position, Hutter, who joined the association in 1987, will remain involved as one of the association's principal contacts at Hill & Knowlton for 2003.

    Since the mid-1990s, Hutter has served as NACS' liaison to the international convenience store and petroleum marketing industry. During her tenure with NACS, she has also served as a federal lobbyist with NACS, representing the industry on petroleum and labor issues. She served as NACS' lead lobbyist on the 1990 Clean Air Act, and was instrumental in securing provisions that required onboard canisters on vehicles over a nationwide requirement for Stage II vapor recovery at retail gasoline outlets.

    "I'm personally very proud to see Lindsay take her skills to this new opportunity with such a prestigious company. All of us at NACS wish her great success," LeBoeuf said.

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