We're excited that you are considering joining us for the 2012 NAG Conference. Your passion and enthusiasm for this association are key reasons why we’re bringing NAG back- the right way: “An Association Driven By Retailers… For Retailers.”
With our eyes and attention set squarely on this, we’ll collectively accomplish our goal of bringing back NAG to its successful roots.
We are currently planning the 2012 NAG Conference to be held in New Orleans in September and will update this website once the conference in fully developed. In the meantime please check out our membership benefits page by clicking here. Members are given the first opportunity to register and you be the first to know when the program has been finalized and when registration opens.
If you are uncertain about what NAG is or what our mission is, please see below. We hope to see you at the 2012 NAG Conference.
History of NAG
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. Hugh felt the strong need for informational exchanges that catered to medium to smaller size chains. Eventually the association was acquired by Penton Media and it was renamed the National Convenience Store Association Group (NCSAG). Unfortunately the association then slipped into a somewhat dormant state. Lately, a renewed interest in the association has been building and we have learned from key industry retailers that there is a strong desire to return NAG to prominence.
We had two meetings leading up to the formal reformation of this proud organization. First was a Steering Committee meeting held in April 2009 in Dallas, which was followed by a reunion in Tampa in November. During these meetings, and in many one-on-one sessions with former retailer members, it was clear the industry needs a strong, Viable NAG. There is a void in the channel for this type of passionate organization, composed of executive level retailers from small to mid-sized chains. NAG remains an organization that promotes relationships, networking, intimacy and, most importantly, executable ideas and takeaways.
NAG Board of Directors
President: David Johnson, Toot N' Totum
Mission of the National Advisory Group
As we wrestled with a mission statement, it was difficult to encapsulate the spirit of what made NAG. The group agreed the essence of NAG is: "An organization committed to building relationships and profits." NAG's mission is to provide industry retail leaders a peer-to-peer forum for the exchange of ideas to improve their business performance. The 2012 Conference will do just that in an EXTREMELY educational and social environment.
One other element of NAG that we are excited about is the NAG Scholarship Fund which helps defer the cost of higher education for children of convenience store employees who's operations are active members of NAG. We have continued to award these scholarships annually and we have ensured that the endowment is well funded so that we can continue to make these awards moving forward. The deadline for this year's scholarship submission was May 28, 2012. Join us in New Orleans to find out who won this year.