Our Story

The National Advisory Group (NAG) was conceived by Hugh Howton (a former retailer) because he felt other associations and conference opportunities for retailers were oriented towards larger chains. After nearly 35 years, the NAG mission remains the same: to help convenience store retailers interact with each other to discuss new concepts, share information and come away with innovative ideas to grow sales and profits. The foundation of NAG remains its world-class Informational Exchanges, which allow retailers the opportunity to connect with other non-competing retailers in an intimate setting that is conducive to learning new ideas and fresh perspectives.

After all these years, NAG’s role in the industry remains unquestioned. There is a void in the channel for this type of passionate organization, composed of executive level retailers from small, mid-sized and family-owned chains. NAG remains an organization that is fully committed to its members, promotes relationships, networking, intimacy and, most importantly, executable ideas and takeaways.

Membership in NAG includes a host of benefits, including membership in the Young Executives Organization (YEO) for your next-generation leaders ages 40 and under. Addition NAG Member Benefits can be found my visiting NAG Member Benefits.

National Advisory Group (NAG) Board (2 year term running 2017/2018)


Peter Tamburro, Board Chairman
Clifford Fuel Co., Dolgeville, N.Y.


Mary Banmiller
Warrenton Oil, Truesdale, Mo.

Greg Ehrlich
Director of Operations, FriendShip Foods, Freemont, Ohio

Doug Galli
Vice President and General Manager of Reid Stores Inc./Crosby’s

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Joe Hamza,
Nouria Energy Corp., Worcester, Mass.

Brent Mouton

Brent Mouton,
Hit-n-Run Food Stores, Lafayette, La.


Robert O’Connor
Jetz Convenience Stores, Hales Corners, Wi.

Vernon Young
Young Oil Co., Piedmont, Ala.

Young Executives Organization (YEO) Board (2 year term running 2016/2017)

Bart Stransky, Board Chairman
Executive Director of Merchandising, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.

Alex Olympidis, Vice Chairman

Director of Operations, Family Express Corp.

Alli Bixler
Assistant to the President, The Kent Cos.

Sharif Jamal
Corporate Training Manager, Chestnut Petroleum, New Paltz, N.Y.

Lindsay Lyden
Vice President of Administration & Development, Truenorth Energy

Dana Moloney

Food Service Director, Warrenton Oil Co.

Jeremie Myhren
Vice President of Information Technology, Road Ranger

Our Mission

The National Advisory Group (NAG) is an association driven by convenience store retailers for retailers. It is an organization committed to building profits and relationships for all of our members. NAG is aimed at small to midsize and family-owned convenience chains and the executives that run them.


Executives of multi-unit (2+) store counts within the convenience channel are eligible.

Annual dues are affordably priced at $400 per retail company.

Primary member listed within the chain, unlimited number of members may be listed
at no additional fee (as long as they qualify).

Click here to download a faxable company registration form.

Membership Benefits

  • Eligibility of chain employees for the annual NAG Scholarship.
  • Discounted registration to the upcoming NAG Conference.
  • Complimentary subscription to Convenience Store Decisions magazine.
  • Access to exclusive industry research.
  • Discounts and services from NAG’s wide-range of supporters.