That holds true for the convenience store industry as a whole, and the NACS Show as an event, according to Jackowski, who today serves as senior vice president, corporate general counsel and secretary of Casey’s General Stores. By coming together to share ideas, c-store leaders can improve the industry for everyone.
"That's what makes it really fun," she said.
Looking to the future, Jackowski advised NACS showgoers to remember that regardless of market size, every retailer is competing against the internet and consumer expectations of unlimited inventory and fast delivery.
Taking part in the NACS InStore program, which brings c-store retailers and the nation's legislators together, is another way NACS members can advocate for the industry.
Jackowski closed her presentation by talking about Casey's just-launched brand campaign, "Here For Good." The tagline relates to the company's quality food, but it also relates to the guest experience and how Casey's serves its communities.
It tells the story of the c-store industry and of NACS, too, Jackowski believes.
"We all learn from each other. We make each other better. And we are there for each other every single day," she concluded.