March 2023


NACS Welcomes New Staff

NACS started 2023 with six new team members working in departments across our organization.

Kaitlin Bivens

Kaitlin Bivens joins NACS as education production manager. She will oversee education components for the NACS State of the Industry Summit, Convenience Summit Europe, webinars and be part of the team that develops content for the NACS Show. Bivens has spent the past four years planning and implementing events and conferences, most recently serving in event production at AFCEA International, a nonprofit committed to bringing together government, academic, military and corporate members to further defense, security and intelligence disciplines.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson joins NACS as director of business development. In this role, she leads business development for the new NACS localized marketing platform THRIVR. Prior to joining NACS, Johnson had a 20-plus year career at NCR Corporation, with roles across telecom and technology, hospitality and global sales and operations. Most recently, she was channel account manager responsible for growing the convenience and fuels channel.

CeCe Lee

CeCe Lee is the new NACS email and marketing manager and will oversee all aspects of email and SMS marketing campaigns for NACS. Prior to joining NACS, Lee was the digital product manager at the American Cancer Society. Previously, CeCe was an online account manager for the full-service agency Mal Warwick Donordigital, focused on strategy, fundraising and campaign management for nonprofits. She also served as a social media strategist at Chapman, Cubine & Hussey.

Ethan Medrano

Ethan Medrano has joined NACS as data services coordinator. Medrano most recently held information technology positions with Razor Talent and Armedia. He earned a B.S. in information systems and operations management from George Mason University. During college, he was lead enrichment instructor for STEM Excel, teaching robotics to elementary school-age students in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Ben Nussbaum

Ben Nussbaum will oversee operations, strategy and content creation for NACS Magazine, NACS Daily and Fuels Market News, among others, as our new senior editor. Nussbaum comes to NACS with more than 20 years in the publishing industry. His most recent endeavor was as editor-in-chief and publisher of Spirituality & Health magazine, a bimonthly wellness magazine, and He also launched and grew USA Today’s magazine program in the mid-2000s, created single-topic newsstand magazines at I-5 Publishing and served as an editor for a children’s book company.

Emma Tainter

Emma Tainter has joined NACS as a research analyst/ writer and will support the research department’s activities, with a focus on writing and editing. Tainter most recently was a community reporter and editor for the Central Virginian, based in Richmond, Virginia. She has experience in organizing events and managing social media accounts for former employers that include the Louisa County Historical Society, Environmental Defense Fund and World Science Foundation.