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Conference Highlights

We cordially invite you to NYACS' annual Fall Conference and Chairmen’s Open Golf Tournament. Learn, explore, and network with New York’s top convenience store retailers and suppliers in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Some highlights of this year’s event: 

Coordinating With Industry Partners
This year’s NYACS Fall Conference coincides with the Empire State Energy Conference held by the Empire State Energy Association (ESEA), a trade association representing 200 energy marketers throughout the state. Joint activities include the opening luncheon, general membership meeting, reception-style dinner, and golf.

Climb Aboard a Navy Ship at Canalside
Experience a reception-style dinner aboard the USS Little Rock, a 610-foot guided-missile cruiser docked at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. Enjoy food and beverages on deck while reacquainting with NYACS and ESEA contacts and meeting new ones.

Sample Great Brews at the Draft Room
Join us for an after party at The Draft Room, a newly opened restaurant sharing space with The Labatt House, an innovation brewery and tasting room featuring a 10-barrel, four-vessel brewhouse. You’ll sample some of Labatt USA’s newest brews as well as craft beer from across the Northeast.

Play a Round at the Chairmen’s Open…
A day of golf and networking at The Links at Ivy Ridge, a short drive from Buffalo. Includes lunch at the clubhouse afterward. The Chairmen’s Open benefits Convenience PAC, the political action committee through which NYACS supports candidates for state offices.

…or Experience the Splendor of Niagara Falls
For non-golfers, this sightseeing tour includes transportation to and from the falls, Maid of the Mist cruise, Cave of the Winds tour, visits to other key viewing area visits, and a boxed lunch. A licensed tour guide will lead the way on this exciting adventure!

Learn about the Climate Leadership Act
"NYS Climate Policy Forecast: Cloudy With a Good Chance of Pain"
During the General Membership Meeting, Anne Tarpinian, Senior Vice President with NYACS’ lobbying firm Ostroff Associates, will provide in-depth analysis of the Climate Leadership Act passed by the New York State Legislature in June – the emission reduction goals, the process for deciding how to reach them, the unanswered questions, and what it all potentially could mean for the petroleum industry and your business as a whole. Anne previously served as Senior Counsel to the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee and before that, Assistant Secretary for the Environment in the Cuomo Administration.

Score Tips to Make Your Business More Lean and Adaptable
"Is There a Better Way? Embracing an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Today’s Rapidly Changing Business World"
At no time before in history have we been exposed to the speed of exponential technological change that we are living in today. How will that impact our businesses in the next five to 10 years and what can we do about it? One of our best defenses is building a company with a culture of entrepreneurship. Tom Ulbrich, Assistant Dean, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Initiatives, University at Buffalo School of Management, will provide actionable takeaways that you can immediately apply to your business that will enable it to be lean, adaptable and comfortable with the rapid change that is on the horizon.

Hear From The Voice of the Buffalo Bill Radio Network
John “Murph” Murphy has been the play-by-play announcer of the Buffalo Bills since 2003. Previously, he served as sports director at WBEN radio and WKBW-TV and worked at WIVB-TV. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He'll welcome our attendees to Buffalo and provide an outlook on the 2019 Bills season.

Help Shape the 2020 NYACS Trade Show
Take part in a meeting of the NYACS Convention Committee, where we plan and organize the annual Trade Show & Convention. Even if you’re not on the committee, we could use your input, so please come and participate.

Help Shape the 2020 NYACS Issues Agenda
Take part in a meeting of the NYACS Legislative Committee as we begin developing our policy positions for next year on tobacco, motor fuel, beverage, labor, and other issues.


NYACS Fall Conference Schedule

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Aloft/500 Pearl, Buffalo, NY

  • 11:00–1:00 pm
    NYACS Board Meetings (board members only) 

  • 1:00–2:00 pm
    Joint Luncheon with ESEA – All are welcome!

  • 2:00–3:30 pm
    NYACS Legislative & Convention Committee Meetings
    Not on a committee? Come sit in any way! All are welcome.

  • 3:30–5:00 pm
    General Membership Meeting with ESEA

  • 5:30–7:00 pm
    Networking Reception-Style Dinner
    USS Little Rock, The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY
    Bus transportation provided

  • 7:00–9:00 pm
    After Party The Draft Room, 79 Perry St, Buffalo, NY
    Bus transportation provided 


Chairmen’s Open Golf Tournament

Thursday, September 26, 2019
The Links at Ivy Ridge, 12221 Main Rd, Akron, NY

  • 8:00–9:00 am 
    Registration/Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 am
    Shotgun Start

  • 1:30 pm 

  • 8:30 am–1:30 pm
    Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour for Non-Golfers

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