This month, NACS talks to Jay Nelson, CEO, Excel Tire Gauge LLC
What does NACS political engagement mean to you, and what benefits have you experienced from being politically engaged?
I’m a frequent NACS Day on the Hill attendee. Anyone who hasn’t been before should seriously consider going. It’s a great opportunity to see firsthand how policies directly impact your business and our industry, and you’re able to share with our federal representatives directly on the issues that matter most. Every year I’m impressed by how engaging and interactive these meetings are. The c-store and fuel retailing industry is vast, and Congress needs to hear from us.
What federal legislative or regulatory issues keep you up at night?
Electric vehicles and credit card swipe fees keep me up at night. With respect to electric vehicles, policymakers continue to push for increased incentives for electric vehicles and charging stations. Convenience stores have a lot of resources and are currently the fueling destination for the traveling public. C-stores should not be left out of the electric vehicle equation and should be given the option to sell any legal source of transportation energy in a competitive marketplace.
As for credit card swipe fees, there needs to be more competition in the credit card market. Visa and Mastercard control about 80% of the credit card market. Main Street businesses—including convenience stores— thrive on competition, and the card networks should, too.
What c-store product could you not live without?
Water and Vitaminwater are my go-to in the store. Every time I fill up my tank, I go inside and grab a bottle or two!