ATLANTA -- Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems for Verifone, has been named 2016-2017 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.
In addition, Jay Ard, vice president of national sales for convenience retail, The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, has been named chair-elect and will succeed McGuinness as 2017-2018 chairman.
They were named to their positions during the NACS Supplier Board meeting at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta.
McGuinness (pictured) began his career in 1983 with Paradyne Corp. before partnering with a Belgium-based technology firm to form Perdata Corp., where he pioneered point-of-sale (POS) integrations for the late Sam Jacobsen’s Pick Kwik and PDQ Food Stores, as well as Nice N Easy and other convenience-store industry retailers.
After joining San Jose, Calif.-based Verifone when it acquired Perdata in 1992, McGuinness headed development activities across Verifone’s line of indoor and unattended solutions, and he built and managed the company’s embedded Linux product portfolio. McGuinness also has been instrumental in spearheading key standards-development initiatives with Conexxus—the Alexandria, Va.-based nonprofit organization that drives standards, technology innovation and advocacy for the convenience-store and petroleum market.
McGuinness now leads product and engineering teams for Verifone’s global line of business in the convenience-store and petroleum market.
Ard joined the Coca-Cola system in April 1979 as a route driver for the Rainwater Coca-Cola Bottling Group. In the next 15 years, he held numerous positions, each with increasing responsibility. In 1994, he relocated to New Orleans to serve as the area vice president for south Louisiana, and the company promoted him to general manager of the Gulf States division and general manager of the Florida division. In 2005, he assumed his current position as vice president of national sales, convenience retail, based in Atlanta.
The NACS Supplier Board is made up of individuals from NACS supplier member companies that represent various product and service categories in the c-store industry.
NACS elected three vice chairmen to the five-member Supplier Board leadership team:
- Drew Mize, president of The Pinnacle Corp., Arlington, Texas.
- Tim Quinn, vice president trade development for Mars Chocolate North America LLC, Hackettstown, N.J.
- Dave Riser, vice president external relations for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Winston-Salem, N.C.
In addition, NACS elected three new members to the NACS Supplier Board:
- Cindy McEntire, team leader for Nestle, Glendale, Calif.
- David Charles, president and CEO of Cash Depot, Green Bay, Wis.
- George Ubing, national sales director for the Convenience Channel at E&J Gallo Winery, Modesto, Calif.