President and CEO | NACS
Armour is the president and CEO of NACS, having also served as chairman of the association in both 2002 and 2003. He grew up working in his family’s retail businesses, Armour Oil Company, rising to the position of vice president and chief operating officer in 1977. In 1980, Armour joined The Standard Oil Company of Ohio, where he served as manager of development strategies. He later founded West Star Corporation, which grew to include 59 NOW! Convenience stores, truck stops and quick-service restaurants in the Pacific Northwest until he sold the company in 2004. In 1988, Armour founded a second company, Epoch Corporation, which operated retail enterprises in California. Armour earned a B.A. in economics from Stanford University, an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
Region Managing Director & COO | Aramark Northern Europe
Gleeson is the Region managing director of Aramark Northern Europe. He is also the NACS vice chairman of international, a role in which he helps direct the association’s global engagement. Aramark Northern Europe has more than 13,000 employees across 1,000 locations. Its world-class experience and expertise in foodservice, facilities management, convenience retailing, environmental services and property enables the company to provide a fully integrated solution to Irish, UK and EMEA companies.
He began his career in retail as an operations director for O’Brien’s Fine Wines. He later served as vice president of retail for Statoil Ireland. More recently he was retail director for Topaz Energy Group since 2005, where he led the rebranding of the company in 2008 and was responsible for the retail business of more than 340 sites. Gleeson is chairman of Retail Ireland and a council member of Irish employers group IBEC and also chairman of IBEC’s energy policy committee. He is a member of the Irish Directors Institute.
Managing Director | Insight
Munford is an international strategist on convenience and a frequent presenter at international conferences, such as the NACS Show, and the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s own TV station, Retailvision.tv. He has worked in the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, the United States and South America as a strategist for many leading convenience retailers. Insight is the NACS Partner for Europe and assists NACS with executing the Convenience Summit.
Director | Insight Research
Nicholas Scherzer has retail running through his veins, having spent 12 years with SPAR South Africa in a diverse range of roles, from store operations to strategic planning and marketing. He has worked on a number of projects for Insight since 2009, and has presented at international events, workshops and retail study tours. In the last two years he has worked with convenience retailers in the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Austria, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States.