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New Leadership at NACS

Armour takes the reins of industry association

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- In a changing of the guard, the top spot in the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) changed hands yesterday as president and CEO Kerley LeBoeuf turned the reins over the Henry (Hank) Armour.

Hank is the perfect person to lead the NACS staff, LeBoeuf said in a news release when Armour was first chosen for the position in September 2004. This continues the succession pattern of selecting the immediate past chairman to assume the reins of staff leadership as was the case [for myself] almost 25 years ago. My colleagues, the [image-nocss] board [of directors] and our members are fortunate and should be very excited about their futures with Hank leading this staff.

Armour has been working for NACS part time as a consultant since October to learn how things work and the challenges he'll face as CEO. Attempts to reach Armour and LeBoeuf for comment were unsuccessful.

Armour became available for the new role when he sold his 39-store West Star chain, including its Subway foodservice division, to Longview, Wash.-based Wilson Oil Co. in May 2004. Armour founded West Star in 1982.

LeBoeuf, who is retiring, has served in the lead role at NACS since 1981. Prior to that, LeBoeuf spent 15 years at the Tampa, Fla.-based convenience store chain Little General Stores, where he rose to president and COO.

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