This month, NACS talks to Amanda Thompson, manager of real-estate operations, MAPCO Express Inc.
What role in the community do you think convenience stores should play?
Convenience stores should be known as more than just a “gas station.” There are endless opportunities for us to play an active role in giving back to the communities we serve. At MAPCO, on top of providing household essentials, top-quality fuel and better-for-you products, we are always moving the needle on how we can impact the lives of our team members and guests through volunteering in the community, donating materials and funds to charities, providing competitive employee incentives and benefits, providing leadership training and more.
What does NACS political engagement mean to you, and what benefits have you experienced from being politically engaged?
A diverse group of industry experts and individuals that come together to bring awareness to, and discuss, a broad range of issues surrounding the industry. The best benefit thus far has simply been the insight gained! As a young professional in the industry, knowledge is power—the more you know, the better prepared you can be to navigate the challenges ahead. The fact that I can bring these discussion points and ideas back to my team is highly beneficial.
What federal legislative or regulatory issues keep you up at night?
EV chargers are top of mind, especially since Tennessee Valley Authority was named one of the six major utility companies making up the Electric Highway Coalition. As a California transplant, I have always been animated about electric vehicles, and my brain is constantly turning with ideas! Second are credit card swipe fees. After speaking with other convenience store executives at NACS Day on the Hill, I became passionate about seeking ways to mitigate this obstacle in our industry.
What c-store product could you not live without?
I have a sweet tooth, so I’m going to stick with my favorite—a Snicker’s bar!