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    NACS Names Two New Suppliers to Board of Directors

    Eby-Brown's Coppel and Coca-Cola's Burke join 40 retailers.

    LAS VEGAS--The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) will announce the election of two supplier members to its Board of Directors at the association’s board meeting on Nov. 18 during the NACS Show 2005 here.

    The NACS 2006 Supplier Board Chair Ron Coppel, vice president of business development for Eby-Brown Co. LLC, headquartered in Naperville, Ill., and NACS 2007 Supplier Board Chair-Elect Joe Burke, vice president of retail industry for Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. in Atlanta, Ga., lead a five-member leadership team elected at the NACS Show to serve one-year terms on the Supplier Board. As chair and chair-elect of the NACS Supplier Board, Coppel and Burke also serve as members of the NACS Board of Directors, which is comprised of 40 industry retailers and two industry suppliers.

    Ron Coppel has more than 35 years of experience in the distribution industry. After nine years in the gourmet foods business, his career in convenience store distribution began in 1980 as a route sales representative in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1987, he accepted the position of vice president of sales for Metropolitan Distributors in New York City. Coppel joined Eby-Brown in 1990, relocating to Columbus, Ohio, where he managed the development of the Ohio territory for Eby-Brown. In 1994, Coppel moved to the Eby-Brown’s corporate office in Naperville and assumed the newly created position of vice president of business development.

    Joe Burke started in the Coca-Cola system in 1978 with The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Cincinnati. In 1982, he joined Coca-Cola USA as a national account executive. He held various positions in sales and sales management, including director, national supermarket sales, until 1997, when he assumed his current position of vice president of retail industry affairs, Coca-Cola Enterprises.

    Also elected to the five-member NACS Supplier Board leadership team were: Pat Cordle, vice president of sales for BIC Corp. in Milford, Conn.; William P. "Willie" Laufer, vice president of supermarkets and trade relations for Anheuser-Busch Inc., St. Louis, and Brad Heetland, director of convenience stores for Kraft Foods Global Inc., Suwanee, Ga.

    The NACS Supplier Board includes individuals from NACS supplier member companies that represent different product and service categories in the c-store industry. Board members are nominated by the Supplier Board Nominating Committee and elected by the board. NACS defines a supplier member company as one that provides products and services to the convenience store channel.

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