Armour, Bullard, Perez Inducted Into PCATS Hall of Fame

Honors "early champions" of convenience store technology mission

Jenny Bullard Flash Foods Convenience Stores

Jenny Bullard

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has announced that three convenience store and fuel retailing industry pioneers are being inducted into the PCATS Hall of Fame: Henry Armour, president and CEO of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS); Jenny Bullard, CIO of Waycross, Ga.-based Flash Foods; and Loring Perez, president of Columbus, Ga.-based Chattahoochee Oil Co.

"Henry, Jenny and Loring were early champions of our mission, through driving the formation of PCATS and putting to work the standards we created," said Gray Taylor, executive director of PCATS. "These retailers embraced the idea that retailers need to take control of their technology future, and work closely with suppliers to create efficient and capable enterprise systems."

The PCATS Hall of Fame honor is given to industry leaders who have been critical to the improvement of retail systems through interoperability, profitability and technology vision. The PCATS Technology Hall of Fame was established in 2011. Previous inductees include Teri Richman (NACS), John Hervey (PCATS), Greg Gilkerson (PDI), Bob Johnson (Pinnacle), Brad McGuinness (VeriFone), Scott Hartman (Rutter's) and Gene Gerke (Gerke & Associates).

The PCATS Annual Conference, attended by the industry's leading technology experts and management, will be held in Tucson, Ariz., April 28 through May 1, 2014. The conference agenda includes face-to-face meetings of all PCATS committees and work groups to further data exchange standards in device integration, payments, enterprise integration, mobile commerce, supply chain and data security. The conference will also include informational sessions, including IBM's chief of retail technology Vish Ganapathy, who will speak on impact of current technology on retail. Each day will close with a social event, including the Hall of Fame event on April 28.

PCATS is a nonprofit organization devoted to the development, maintenance and implementation of standards, education and best practices for the c-store and fuel retail segments. Members of PCATS collaborate and focus on key industry challenges and initiatives, and their efforts influence the cost of ownership and interoperability within the industries that PCATS serves.