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ALBANY, N.Y.--The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) elected Dick Verona and LaFayette D. Jones III to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame.
They will be formally inducted May 17 during NYACS’ May 17 Chairman’s Banquet at Greystone Castle in Canastota, N.Y. The banquet is the traditional closing event of the organization’s two-day annual Trade Show and Convention.
Dick Verona is president of Verona Oil Company Inc., based in Roscoe, N.Y.
Verona Oil was founded in 1946 by Dick's late father Fred and late brother David. Dick joined the company in the 1960s and later purchased their interest. In 1973, Dick started converting gas stations to convenience stores. Today the company operates 26 locations under the trade name "The Country Store" in Sullivan Delaware, Ulster, Greene, Schoharie, Broome, Chenango, and Oswego counties.
Dick served on the Retail Board of Directors of the New York Association of Convenience Stores for 12 years.
LaFayette D. Jones III is a Buffalo Sales Representative with Upstate Farms Cooperative Inc., serving a variety of chain and independent stores throughout Western New York.
He has been in the dairy business since 1977, working first with an independent family-owned dairy, then for Dairylea Co-op, which was acquired by Agway, which in turn sold the Syracuse division to Upstate Farms in 1993.
LaFayette Jones joined NYACS during its infancy in 1986 and became a fixture at NYACS events. For many years he has served on the NYACS Associate Board, an advisory body of leading supplier members. He chaired that board in 1996.