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    STORY BEHIND THE TEXAS CONVENIENCE SUMMIT

    The Texas Convenience Summit is an expert-driven event designed for retailers who own and operate convenience stores throughout Texas.  Hosted by the Texas Food & Fuel Association, the Texas Convenience Summit was formed as part of a strategic initiative to connect thought leaders, vendors, and others in Texas who have a stake in the convenience retailing and fuel marketing industries.

    By participating in the Texas Convenience Summit, you’ll be among the first to:

    • Gain a new perspective on how your business is performing against competitors in Texas and across the country.
    • Discover how our industry’s leaders continue to grow their businesses, along with areas to enhance your own company's performance.

    C-STORE IMPACT IN TEXAS

    • Texas is home to 15,671 convenience stores, an amount which represents 10% of the total U.S. store count. 
    • Convenience stores employ a workforce of nearly 254,000 men and women.
    • 22.4 million transactions are processed by convenience stores each day.
    • In 2016, food, fuel, and merchandise sales totaled $74.7 billion dollars.
    • Annual charitable contributions made by convenience stores reached nearly 100 million in 2016.

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    Whether you own or operate a single location, or are part of a major retail chain, your opportunity to boost your business operations, explore new technology, and create stronger relationships is waiting for you at the Texas Convenience Summit.  Discover practical ways to improve your environmental impact, retain customers, reduce costs and gain operational improvements to drive growth.


    Specifically, you’ll leave the Texas Convenience Summit with:

    • Dozens of new business relationships that can help solve challenges you face
    • Educational handouts and industry publications
    • Deeper understanding of retail data and industry trends, including their impact to convenience store operations in Texas 
    • Cost saving measures to reduce penalties with federal and state regulators
    • Proven methods that can help you stand out from the competition

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND

    • C-Store/Grocery Retailers
    • Single Store Operators
    • Convenience Store Chains
    • Petroleum Marketers
    • Petroleum Equipment Companies
    • Executives & Managers
    • Retailer Account Representatives
    • Industry Suppliers
    • Others interested in learning and engaging in this event!

    PARTICIPATE (SIGN UP ONLINE)

    As a benefit of TFFA membership, the rate to participate in the Texas Convenience Summit is $95, general admission is available at a rate of $195. Simply register online and make your hotel reservations — we’ll take care of the rest!


    EDUCATION

    Re-imagine your convenience-knowledge and satisfy your craving for information with an educational program designed exclusively for professionals in the convenience retailing industry.  Learn alongside colleagues, meet new people, embrace innovation, and hear from a dynamic lineup of subject matter experts who have a combined over 100 years of experience.

    The educational program for the Texas Convenience Summit focuses on four main categories: 1) Legislative/Regulatory, 2) Operations, 3) Design, and 4) Technology.  This entire learning experience is designed with you in mind!  

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Canopy Crunch – Managing Forecourt Operations and Protecting Pumps​

    • Fuel Quality Testing and Weights & Measures Q&A with the Texas Department of Agriculture (9 - 10)
      Stuart Strnad, Director for Consumer Product Protection, Texas Department of Agriculture

      Get to know the regulators who have a direct impact on convenience store business in Texas.  This two-way session features a town hall setting where members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input on new rules affecting fuel quality testing and meter calibrations in Texas.

    • How to Defend Against Credit Card Skimming (10 -10:30)
      Owen DeWitt, President, FlintLoc Technologies
      Steve Van Vlack, Business Development Manager, Wayne Fueling Solutions

      Fuel dispensers are one of many targets for sophisticated and aggressive thieves attempting to steal customers’ credit and debit card information.  Gas station owners can fight back using a variety of tools ranging from adapting operations procedures to advanced technology.  During this 30 minute presentation participants will receive guidance to protect fuel dispensers from being compromised and leave with a skimming prevention checklist to share with employees, colleagues, and friends.

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Changes to the Overtime Rule: Where Are We Now, and Where Will We Go From Here

    Ted Smith, Partner, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP

    Hear from leading labor law attorney Ted Smith on the current state of overtime rules under the Trump administration.  From motions to appeals, this session will provide businesses with an in-depth look at minimum salary requirements for employees entitled to receive overtime pay under federal law and any potential future changes to the overtime rules.

    1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    6 Myths about the EMV Liability Shift

    Bo Sasnett, CEO, D&H United Fueling Solutions

    As the forecourt (outside) EMV liability shift looms, retailers across the U.S. have been scrambling trying to make sense of it all.  Safeguarding payments at the pump starts by differentiating fact from fiction — a complicated task for many in the convenience retailing industry, especially considering that there are over 8.1 billion transactions processed by convenience stores each year in Texas.

    Helping debunk some myths about the EMV liability shift is Bo Sasnett who brings more than 30 years of industry experience. This myth-busting EMV session will provide need-to-know details that will keep you in compliance while saving time and money.

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Top 25 C-Store Design Trends (#2 most read CSP Magazine article in 2017!)

    Mike Lawshe, President & CEO, Paragon Solutions

    Learn from one of the preeminent creative gurus in retail design as you journey through a wide-ranging portfolio that will blow your mind!  Expect the unexpected in this 1-hour session as you step out of your comfort zone and into untraditional, yet proven, design concepts that are sure to increase sales and customer experiences.

    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Community and the Digital Landscape: How You Can Leverage Online Ratings and Reviews - and Support Customers during Hurricane-Related Fuel Outages

    Frank Beard, Analyst/Evangelist, Convenience Store and Retail Trends

    This session features a deep-dive into two important topics.

    Part 1

    Today’s consumers rate and review your stores whether you know it or not. Using services like Google, GasBuddy, Facebook, and Yelp, they provide feedback which ultimately influences how your brand is perceived in the marketplace. Learn how this trend came about, what it means, and specific steps that you can take to boost your brand's reputation. 

    Part 2

    Hurricane-related fuel outages pose a major challenge when working to serve our communities. During Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, GasBuddy provided a unique solution by leveraging its mobile app to crowdsource data on outages. Rather than burning fuel to find fuel, motorists could locate stations that had it. Learn about the history of this development, the implications for future hurricanes, and how we can serve our communities by working together during times of great need.


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS

    The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center
    5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551 
     

    Group Rate: $167++ Single/Double Occupancy and Includes Resort Fees 

    Hotel Cut-Off Date: January 19, 2018

    To Make Reservations: Click Here  
    refer to “Texas Convenience Summit” or call (800) 392-5937.

    Contact Information: Annette Hicks - 512-617-4302 (Send an Email)

  • EVENT SPONSORS (As of 1.19.18)
    • Anco Insurance
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    • Federated Insurance
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    • GasBuddy
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    • NACS
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    • Petroleum Solutions, Inc.
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    • Wayne Fueling Systems
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