SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Case Marshall of Pit Stop Convenience Stores has received the inaugural John MacDougall Leadership Award.
The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) honored Marshall with the award during the Chairman's Banquet during the NYACS Trade Show & Convention in Syracuse on May 11.
Named for the late president of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and NYACS co-founder, the award was established this year by the association in cooperation with the John and Elaine MacDougall Foundation.
MacDougall, who was inducted into the Convenience Store News Hall of Fame in 2003, opened the first Nice N Easy store in 1980. He passed away in June 2014.
His former colleague Peter Tamburro, now with Marcy, N.Y.-based Cliff's Local Market, presented the first-ever recognition.
According to NYACS, the annual award goes to the individual or company who best demonstrates the qualities that characterized MacDougall's storied career: leadership in the industry, a commitment to relationship building, success in the convenience store business, and active involvement in NYACS.
Marshall has been on the NYACS Retail Board since 1995. He became its chairman in 2001 at age 30, the youngest chairman in NYACS history. He continues to serve as the board's treasurer.
In addition, Marshall has chaired the Convention Committee since 2011, in addition to acting unofficially as "systems analyst" for the NYACS office.
He is a member of the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame.
Pit Stop Convenience Stores is based in Weedsport, N.Y. In addition to 18 Pit Stop locations throughout the Finger Lakes Region, Case and his family operate E&V Energy, a heating oil and propane distribution company; Patriot Tank Lines, a petroleum trucking company; and Pyrus Energy, an alternative energy company.