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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Convenience store operators from across New York state will converge in Syracuse on May 15-16 for the annual trade show and convention of the New York Association of Convenience Stores.
With the theme, "NYACS Goes Hollywood," more than 125 leading suppliers will display the latest products, equipment and services for the c-store industry during exhibit hours on Wed., May 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oncenter.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Linda McKenna of Employee Performance Strategies will deliver the keynote "Mission: Possible -- How to Convert Today's Transactions Into Lifetime Customers."
Member and nonmember store owners, operators, supervisors and managers are invited to all convention events. Registration is not required. For details, visit www.nyacs.org or call (800) 336-9227.
Other highlights include:
-- Fran Duskiewicz, senior executive vice president of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes in Canastota, N.Y., will present highlights of the 2007 national "State of the Industry Report."
-- A "Celebrity-Filled" Welcome Party will be held at Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub.
-- NYACS member companies marking milestone anniversaries will be honored, including Acosta Sales and Marketing, Liverpool, 80th anniversary; Andree Petroleum, Ithaca, 55th; ARAmatic Refreshment Services, East Syracuse, 35th; Hamilton-Wilber Oil Co., Moravia, 60th; Huff Ice Cream, Sidney, 55th; KinaneCo Printing Systems, Syracuse, 35th; Quickway Food Stores/Mirabito Group, 80th; Reilly's Dairy Inc., Sauquoit, 30th; Reinhardt Corp., West Oneonta, 70th, and Taylor's Mini Mart/WL Taylor & Son, Cooperstown, 65th.
-- During the Chairman's Banquet at the Everson Museum of Art, NYACS will induct Jim Curley of McLane Co., Bob Ray of Crowley Foods/HP Hood and Fran LaForge of XtraMart Convenience Stores into the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame.
-- Gary Papay of CK Business Consultants will present a workshop titled "What's My Convenience Store Business Really Worth?"
-- Mike DiNardo of Payment Processing Consultants will present a workshop titled "Understanding -- and Controlling -- Credit-Card Processing Fees."
-- Jim Calvin, President of NYACS, will present a workshop titled "Surviving a Sting: Protecting Your Beer, Lottery and Tobacco Licenses."
-- Up-and-coming industry executives in their 20s and 30s will exchange ideas at a "Stars of Tomorrow" roundtable.
-- A grand prize drawing for a stay and VIP tour at Universal Studios Orlando will be held May 16 at 3 p.m. All retailers attending the trade show may enter at no charge.
For complete CSNews Online coverage of the NYACS trade show, check csnews.com next week.
Headquartered in Albany, NYACS is a private, nonprofit trade association representing the state's 7,000 neighborhood c-stores.