Armour Named Industry Influencer

The NACS president and CEO is honored as one of the 50 most influential people in c-store history.

July 23, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—NACS President and CEO Henry Armour was among those recently named by Convenience Store News as one of the 50 most influential people in convenience store history.

To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, the magazine asked readers to nominate people “who have had the greatest influence on the development, growth and history of this industry.” The list includes convenience retailers, suppliers and distributors “who have made significant contributions to convenience retailing.

CSN wrote of Armour, “Under his leadership, NACS has become an increasing force to be reckoned with through its efforts to connect c-store operators and lawmakers; keep a level playing field in everything from credit card fees to tobacco sales regulation; and help retailers navigate labor and benefits issues.”

“There is no doubt that [Armour] will continue to have an effect as long as he remains a part” of the industry.

CSN also recognized the two prior NACS chief executives—Harry Hunter, who lead NACS as executive director from 1961 until 1983, and Kerley LeBoeuf, NACS president and CEO from 1983 until 2005, as well as former NACS staffers Teri Richman, who was the first in-house federal lobbyist for NACS; and John Hervey, who was executive director of PCATS (now Conexxus). In addition, numerous NACS Board chairmen and committee members made the list.