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    Armour named NACS president and CEO; Blackburn joins AHA Board of Directors.

    Henry O. Armour has been named NACS's new president and CEO, succeeding Kerley LeBoeuf, who will retire in July 2005 after 24 years as the president and CEO of the association.

    "Hank is the perfect person to lead the NACS staff," said LeBoeuf. "This continues the succession pattern of selecting the immediate past chairman to assume the reins of staff leadership as was the case almost 25 years ago. After two years as chairman, Hank has intimate knowledge of the inside workings of the organization, our staff, finances and has shown great passion for all areas, including government relations and international. My colleagues, the board and our members are fortunate and should be very excited about their futures with Hank leading this staff."

    Armour has resigned from the NACS Board of Directors and will join NACS as a part-time consultant in October 2004 to ensure a smooth transition of leadership in July 2005. Past chairman Dean Durling of Quick Chek Food Stores will serve an additional year as a past chairman on the board and appropriate committees.

    Armour founded West Star Corp. in 1982. In 1993, West Star became the first company to introduce branded foodservice into convenience stores in the Pacific Northwest by adding a Taco Bell Express. The company expanded into Taco Bell Express units, Winchell's Donut production facilities, Winchell's satellite facilities and Subway sandwich units.

    In other news, Washington County (Tenn.)'s Division of the American Heart Association recently tapped Danny Blackburn, president of Appco Convenience Centers, Blountville, Tenn.-based Appalachian Oil Co.'s convenience center chain, to be a member of its board of directors.

    "We are elated to have the leadership and guidance of someone such as Danny on our board," said Greg Randolph, AHA regional director. "He will be a tremendous asset to our board for years to come."

    AHA is a national, voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Board members are responsible for actively participating in and financially supporting fundraising events, crafting future objectives for the organization and recruiting new volunteers for AHA.

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