This month, NACS talks to Kevin Farley, chief operating officer, GSP.
What does NACS political engagement mean to you, and what benefits have you experienced from being politically engaged?
Being engaged with NACS has been a great part of being in this industry and for me, personally. Being engaged politically has also been a great experience. As a supplier, we often talk about our specific services, but being with suppliers and retailers, we often talk about the political issues that matter to the industry. These conversations really open your exposure to the challenges that we face as an industry.
What federal legislative or regulatory issues keep you up at night?
Right now, I think one of the largest issues in front of us as an industry is EV charging infrastructure and how to develop an open and competitive marketplace for EV charging. The regulatory environment is inconsistent today, and over time, this lack of clarity will play a larger role in how consumers adopt new fueling options like EVs. The convenience and fuel retailing industry has been the steward of the fueling business, and I think it is imperative for Congress to put us at the table as a leading voice moving forward in offering all fuel options to future drivers.
What c-store product could you not live without?
I am sucker for new products. I love trying basically everything at the NACS Show. (Thankfully, we are going have it this fall in Chicago!) Outside of NACS, I tend to find myself going into stores looking for new products and then buying way too many.