NYACS Honors President Jim Calvin

Will induct retiring executive into its New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame
Jim Calvin of the New York Association of Convenience Stores
Photograph courtesy of NYACS

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has elected President Jim Calvin, who will retire from the position in July, to its New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame.

NYACS will induct Calvin during its annual Chairman’s Banquet on Thursday, May 12, in Syracuse, N.Y. The association is inviting friends and industry colleagues to attend, and they may register by visiting the NYACS website,

Founded by NYACS in 1996, the Hall of Fame honors retailers, suppliers and other individuals for exceptional achievement in, and distinguished service to, New York’s convenience-store industry. Calvin will be its 55th member; click here to view a list of all members.

Calvin is retiring July 1 after 24 years as NYACS' chief executive. His successor, Kent Sopris, joined NYACS in March as vice president, providing a gradual transition of staff leadership.

A registered lobbyist, Calvin has represented NYACS before the state Senate, Assembly, five governors, various state agencies and numerous local governments. He previously served on the Legislative Committee of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Alexandria, Va.

During his tenure, NYACS has won awards from the Empire State Society of Association Executives for meetings, membership, publications and government relations.

Calvin is a graduate of Utica College and the Institutes for Organization Management. Before joining NYACS in 1998, he was a newspaper reporter and editor, a chamber of commerce executive and a bank marketing director.

He and his wife Jean and daughter Amanda reside in Valatie, N.Y., where he is currently vice chair of the Columbia Economic Development Corp.

The Chairman’s Banquet is the closing event of NYACS’ two-day Trade Show and Convention on May 11-12, which features a golf outing, welcome party, educational seminars, trade exhibits, prizes and other activities for member and non-member retailers and suppliers. Calvin will also be the keynote speaker for the trade show's opening session May 12, delivering his farewell address to the c-store industry.

Based in Albany, N.Y., NYACS is a private, not-for-profit trade organization that seeks to forge a favorable environment for New York State’s diverse community of neighborhood convenience stores. It provides its members with knowledge, a unified voice on legislative and regulatory issues, and ways to share ideas, address common challenges and build relationships.

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