Nutrition, Innovation & the CIA

NACS Show general sessions to cover a variety of topics

NACS Show General Session speakers

LAS VEGAS -- The general sessions during next week's NACS Show in Las Vegas will cover the subjects of nutrition, convenience-store innovation and issues, and even a look at the inner workings of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Here's a breakdown of the sessions:

Opening General Session

Featuring: Brad Call, Maverik Convenience Stores, and keynote David H. Freedman

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 10-11:15 a.m.

David H. Freedman is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and at Inc. magazine, a contributor to Scientific American, and a consulting editor for Johns Hopkins Medicine International. He is the author of five books, the most recent being "WRONG," about the problems with the published findings of medical scientists and other experts. Much of his current work is related to the roles of policy, industry and journalism in addressing obesity, nutrition and health-related behavior change.

“Ideas 2 Go”

Featuring: NACS president & CEO Henry Armour

Thursday, Oct. 9, 10-11:15 a.m.

NACS president and CEO Henry Armour will kick off the session with an update on important industry initiatives and then introduce the latest NACS “Ideas 2 Go” video presentation. “Ideas 2 Go” showcases new ideas and concepts that are making a difference at convenience stores across the country, whether delivering exceptional foodservice, refining loyalty or creating new profit centers.

Closing General Session

Featuring: Steve Loehr, Kwik Trip Convenience Stores, and keynote Dr. Robert Gates

Friday, Oct. 10, 8-9 a.m.

Dr. Robert Gates, former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will deliver a compelling behind-the-scenes view of world events over the past quarter century, as well as the context for how current affairs could affect and reshape our political and retail landscape. Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011 under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. He is the only defense secretary in U.S. history to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected president. President Obama awarded Gates the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, in 2011. His book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," was published earlier this year.

The NACS Show will be held Oct. 7 through 10 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas.

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