July 26, 2019
The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) earned a 2019 ASAE Power of A Summit Award for its Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) program dedicated to eradicating human trafficking by training workers and providing tools and resources association members.
ASAE honored the program that encourages convenience stores to serve their communities by registering for CSAT, a no cost program focused on equipping convenience store employees with proper training and materials to safely recognize the signs and report human trafficking. Materials include Freedom stickers for restroom stalls, as well as an education video produced by their partner, IN OUR BACKYARD (IOB).
July 16, 2019
This year the GACS Educational Foundation awarded $26,000 to member company employees and/or their children. The Foundation was founded in memory of Past Chairman Reed Schmeelk’s daughter Brittany.
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 GACS Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients!
Sydnee Batzlaff, Blue Bell Creameries
Christopher Bell, McLane Company
Patrick Boyd, Flowers Foods (Nominated Scholarship)
Sera Clower, RaceTrac Petroleum
Sydney Davidson, Jet Food Stores of Ga Inc. (Jim Tudor Scholarship)
Devlin Dolph, Swedish Match North America
Payton Harper, SRP Cpompanies
Jose Hernandez-Maldonado, RaceTrac Petroleum (Flowers Bakeries Scholarship)
Sarah Hubbard, The Kroger Co. (Flowers Bakeries Scholarship)
Bernadette Jacob, The Kroger Co. (Nominated Scholarship)
Noah Little, RaceTrac Petroleum (Hayes Bryan Scholarship)
Kinsley Lupton, Sav-a-Lot
Lauren Mikell, Georgia Lottery Corporation (Laura K. Glover Martin Scholarship)
Rachel Mittal, The Kroger Co. (Brittany Schmeelk Scholarship)
Loreta Murataj, Gate Petro
Dev Patel, Susie Q Foods
Sanny Patel, Susie Q Foods
Na’Imah Rasul, The Kroger Co. (Circle K Scholarship)
Julia Reese, Guardian Fueling Technologies, Inc.
Aleah Sanchez, Circle K (Circle K Scholarship)
Sabrina Stein, Enmarket
Daniela Villaroel, The Kroger Co. (Nancy Bivings Scholarship)
Next year’s scholarship application will be open January 1 - April 1.
July 11, 2019
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Omni Amelia Island for our “Rising Tides” Convention. Attendees were able to build camaraderie, hear from industry experts and state legislators, and participate in our tabletop show.
Congratulations to our Supplier of the Year Winner Laura Byrd, Georgia Lottery Corporation (pictured).
A Special Thank You to Our Convention Sponsors!
Altria Group Distribution Company * Coca-Cola Bottling Company United * PepsiCo * R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Core Mark International * Eagle Rock Distributing Company * MillerCoors * Swisher International, Inc. * Variety Amusement
Eby-Brown Company * Georgia Beverage Association * The H.T. Hackney Co. * Snyders-Lance, Inc.
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. * Colonial Coffee Roasters, Inc. * Georgia Lottery Corporation * Swedish Match North America
Charles L. Ruffin of Baker Donelson * CITGO Petroleum Corporation * Corona Extra * Flowers Bakeries / Mrs. Freshley’s * McLane Company * MECO of Atlanta, Inc. * Point to Point Environmental * Royal Cup Coffee & Tea * S & D Coffee & Tea * Scandinavian Tobacco Group-Lane Limited * Stewart Distribution * Turkey Creek Snacks * Utz / Golden Flake Snack Foods
BIC Consumer Product * Florida Rock & Tank Lines, Inc. * Lil Drug * North American Money Order Company, Inc. * S&ME, Inc. * SRP Companies * Valero Marketing and Supply * W. L. Petrey Wholesale Co., Inc.
Thank You to Our Silent Auction Donors:
Atlanta Beverage * BIC Consumer Products * Campbell Snacks/Snyders-Lance * Clipper Petroleum * Colonial Coffee * CSC ServiceWorks * Eagle Rock * Eby-Brown Company * Essentia Water * GACS * Georgia Lottery Corporation * Golden Pantry Food Stores * The H.T. Hackney Co. * Kellogg’s Company * Leon Farmer & Company * MECO of Atlanta, Inc. * Monster Energy Company * National Tobacco * Omni Hotels * Patriot Capital * Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts * Pepsi Beverages Company * Point to Point Environmental * Reed Schmeelk & Family * S & D Coffee & Tea * Scandinavian Tobacco Group * Sea Glass Fine Art Photography * Sharon Shuford * SMART Software * Valero Marketing and Supply * Variety Amusement Services, LLC
July 11, 2019
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has named their 2019 “Power of A” awards. GACS is honored to be one of six recipients of the Summit Award, the highest recognition under the Power of A Awards, for its work with In Our Backyard and the Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) program.
July 10, 2019
Courtesy of NACS
The National Association of Convenience Stores recently worked with The Wall Street Journal to produce a five-minute online video that concisely explains why gas prices may vary around the country—and even from one corner to the next.
“Anyone who has a friend or relative who is always complaining that there’s a conspiracy regarding gas prices, should share this video with them,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of Strategic Industry Initiatives, NACS.