Shows & Events
President and CEO
Armour is the president and CEO of NACS, having also served as chairman of the association in both 2002 and 2003. He serves on the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council. He grew up working in his family’s retail businesses, Armour Oil Company, rising to the position of vice president and chief operating officer in 1977. In 1980, Armour joined The Standard Oil Company of Ohio where he served as manager of development strategies.
He later founded West Star Corporation, which grew to include 59 NOW! convenience stores, truck stops and quick-service restaurants in the Pacific Northwest until he sold the company in 2004. In 1988, Armour founded a second company, Epoch Corporation, which operated retail enterprises in California.
Armour earned a B.A. in economics from Stanford University, an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
Director of Executive Education
Cornell Food Executive Program
William will host the program and facilitate a session that examines the importance of strategy as a key facet of leadership. William previously served as Corporate Vice President of strategic planning for key accounts at SuperValu, and Vice President of marketing, Real Estate and Store Construction at Save-A-Lot, Inc.
Director of Leadership Studies and Custom Programs
Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management
Michael will facilitate feedback sessions from assessment instruments and a session on helping participants form a plan for continuing their leadership development. He is responsible for all executive education programs at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Michael's main interests in research and teaching are strategy, decision-making, leadership, high performance teams, and change management.
An internationally recognized authority on sleep and performance, Dr. Maas has served as Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He also has been a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. For 48 years he taught introductory psychology at Cornell and holds the world’s record for college classroom teaching, having taught more than 65,000 students. Dr. Maas conducts research on sleep and performance, as well as on leadership and critical thinking.