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NACS Day on Capitol Hill 2012

Posted:3/25/2012   25 photos
  • In 2012, nearly 100 industry representatives took to Capitol Hill to educate members of Congress about the convenience and fuel retailing industry and share real-life stories about how legislation affects their businesses.

    In 2012, nearly 100 industry representatives took to Capitol Hill to educate members of Congress about the convenience and fuel retailing industry and share real-life stories about how legislation affects their businesses.

  • Retailers exchange tips on how best to approach congressional meetings at the NACS Day on Capitol Hill Buddy Lunch.

    Retailers exchange tips on how best to approach congressional meetings at the NACS Day on Capitol Hill Buddy Lunch.

  • NACS Vice President of Government Relations John Eichberger briefs attendees on fuel talking points before heading to Capitol Hill.

    NACS Vice President of Government Relations John Eichberger briefs attendees on fuel talking points before heading to Capitol Hill.

  • NACS Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith discusses the latest developments in swipe fee reform.

    NACS Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith discusses the latest developments in swipe fee reform.

  • Attendees connect with their representatives and other retailers at the NACS Day on Capitol Hill Congressional Reception.

    Attendees connect with their representatives and other retailers at the NACS Day on Capitol Hill Congressional Reception.

  • NACS' Congressional Reception allowed one-on-one interaction with representatives and other retailers.

    NACS' Congressional Reception allowed one-on-one interaction with representatives and other retailers.

  • Connections are a large part of the NACS Congressional Reception.

    Connections are a large part of the NACS Congressional Reception.

  • Valero's Gary Arthur talks politics with attendees at the NACS Congressional Reception.

    Valero's Gary Arthur talks politics with attendees at the NACS Congressional Reception.

  • Retailers sit down with Congressman John Carter (R-TX) and discuss the current political climate.

    Retailers sit down with Congressman John Carter (R-TX) and discuss the current political climate.

  • Kevin Smartt of Kwik Chek and Sonja Hubbard of E-Z Mart Stores Inc. talk about the issues facing their Texas-based convenience stores.

    Kevin Smartt of Kwik Chek and Sonja Hubbard of E-Z Mart Stores Inc. talk about the issues facing their Texas-based convenience stores.

  • Attendees gather in the office of G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) to discuss the latest information on fuels and other issues.

    Attendees gather in the office of G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) to discuss the latest information on fuels and other issues.

  • Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) listens to retailers talk about the experiences of operating their business in New York.

    Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) listens to retailers talk about the experiences of operating their business in New York.

  • Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) takes a look at the materials retailers have brought to discuss, and listens to their experiences in the industry.

    Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) takes a look at the materials retailers have brought to discuss, and listens to their experiences in the industry.

  • Paul Anand of the 7-Eleven Franchise talks to Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) about the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

    Paul Anand of the 7-Eleven Franchise talks to Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) about the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

  • Tom Robinson of Robinson Oil Corporation jokes with Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) in one of several congressional meetings of the day.

    Tom Robinson of Robinson Oil Corporation jokes with Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) in one of several congressional meetings of the day.

  • Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) welcomes retailers to his office and invites them to talk about the issues facing them in their state.

    Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) welcomes retailers to his office and invites them to talk about the issues facing them in their state.

  • NACS President and CEO Hank Armour speaks with Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) about the issues retailers are currently facing in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

    NACS President and CEO Hank Armour speaks with Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) about the issues retailers are currently facing in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

  • Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) gathers information on the industry from visiting retailers.

    Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) gathers information on the industry from visiting retailers.

  • Tony McLarty of MAPCO Express, Inc. shares his industry experience with the group.

    Tony McLarty of MAPCO Express, Inc. shares his industry experience with the group.

  • Retailers listen to the other side of the issues, and learn about what's coming up on the Hill next.

    Retailers listen to the other side of the issues, and learn about what's coming up on the Hill next.

  • Representative Steve King (R-IA) meets with retailers to hear about the challenges they face in their business in Iowa.

    Representative Steve King (R-IA) meets with retailers to hear about the challenges they face in their business in Iowa.

  • Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) meets with NACS members to get a better sense of the challenges they face in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

    Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) meets with NACS members to get a better sense of the challenges they face in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

  • Retailers get down to business in the Capitol Hill office of Congressman Diane Black (R-TN).

    Retailers get down to business in the Capitol Hill office of Congressman Diane Black (R-TN).

  • Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) listens to retailers.

    Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) listens to retailers.

  • Retailers talk swipe fees and fuels in the office of Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL).

    Retailers talk swipe fees and fuels in the office of Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL).

  • Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) listens as retailers explain the affects of government regulation on their business.

    Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) listens as retailers explain the affects of government regulation on their business.

  • Shultz Hartgrove of Quiznos Sub explains the effects of rising fuel prices to Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO).

    Shultz Hartgrove of Quiznos Sub explains the effects of rising fuel prices to Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO).

  • Patrick Cordle of BIC Consumer Products chats with Peter Tedeschi of Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc. in the office of Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI).

    Patrick Cordle of BIC Consumer Products chats with Peter Tedeschi of Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc. in the office of Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI).

In 2012, nearly 100 industry representatives took to Capitol Hill to educate members of Congress about the convenience and fuel retailing industry and share real-life stories about how legislation affects their businesses. NACS members navigated the halls of Congress and participated in more than 185 meetings in the House and Senate. The focus was swipe fee reforms and the unified message they delivered was instrumental in protecting the Durbin amendment. Learn more.