NYACS Announces 2010 Carl Tripi Award Recipient

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Joseph P. Mirabito, president of Quickway Food Stores, Convenience Express and Mirabito Energy Products, was named the recipient of the 2010 Carl Tripi Award by the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS).

The honor is named for the late Carl Tripi of Tripifoods Inc., a Buffalo-based wholesale distributor that supplies convenience stores throughout New York and neighboring states.

"Carl himself remained behind the scenes, but he always made sure NYACS had the financial resources and volunteer support it needed to meet any challenge and keep moving forward," said NYACS President James Calvin in a released statement. "The award recognizes individuals who emulate that same low profile, high impact style of supporting the c-store industry. The combination of commitment, generosity and humility that made Carl Tripi so special is also Joe Mirabito's trademark."

The award will be presented at NYACS' annual Chairman's Banquet May 13, 2010, at the Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y., capping off the 2010 NYACS Trade Show. For details and registration, visit www.nyacs.org.

Joseph Mirabito is a director of Wilber National Bank in Oneonta N.Y.; a Trustee of the Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney N.Y.; and a member of the Lemoyne College Board of Regents. He also served as a director of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Greater Sidney Development Corp. He also served on the board of directors of the Empire State Petroleum Association since 2002.

Mirabito Energy Products, which operates 53 Quickway and Convenience Express convenience store locations in upstate New York, is a third-generation energy distribution and marketing company that has grown and expanded from a coal business started by James Mirabito in Norwich, N.Y. in 1927. Today, Mirabito supplies homes and businesses with motor fuels, natural gas, fuel oil, propane, biodiesel and other energy products and services.

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