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    Visocan Resigns NACS Positions

    Hank Armour nominated to serve second term as NACS chairman.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Treasurer and Chairman-elect of the National Association of Convenience Stores Steve Visocan, resigned from both positions citing difficult market conditions for his company.

    The NACS Nominating Committee reported that it nominated current Chairman of the Board Hank Armour, President of Olympia, Wash.-based West Star Corp., to serve a second term.

    "We were surprised and saddened by Steve's decision," said Lindsay Hutter, senior vice president of communications and public relations at the Alexandria, Va.-based association. "He has been a strong advocate for the industry overall and has been a very active voice for smaller chains."

    Visocan, president and CEO of Helena, Mont.-based Pop Inn convenience stores, shared his resignation with the NACS Executive Committee during its June meeting last week. Subsequently, the NACS Nominating Committee met and recommended the nomination of Armour for a second term as NACS Chairman.

    During his tenure with NACS, Visocan held a number of positions. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1995 and assumed the chairmanship of the NACS Convention Committee in 1998. In 1999, Visocan was elected to the position of Vice Chairman, Industry Relations. He served two years in this position before becoming Vice Chairman/Treasurer and Chairman-elect at the 2001 NACS Show in Las Vegas.

    In addition to his service with NACS, Visocan is also a past president of the Montana Petroleum Marketers Association as well as the Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA), and is a past director of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA).

    "Steve Visocan has been a tremendous contributor and supporter of NACS over many years. He has served on countless committees and has particularly left his mark on the NACS Show," said NACS Chairman Hank Armour. "He is a very good friend and we wish him the best."

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