Two Industry Pioneers Welcomed Into Conexxus Hall of Fame

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Conexxus inducted Sharon Scace of WEX Inc. and David Ezell of Verifone Inc. into the Conexxus Hall of Fame during its annual meeting, reported NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing.

Since it was established in 2011, the Conexxus Hall of Fame honors industry leaders who have been critical to the improvement of retail systems through interoperability, profitability and technology vision.

"Sharon and David exemplify the dedication and expertise exhibited within the Conexxus membership," said Gray Taylor, executive director of Conexxus. "Both have been highly engaged since the early days of the NACS Technology Initiative, which over the course of two decades helped advance and establish Conexxus as we know it today. Conexxus could not achieve its goals without Sharon and David's steadfast leadership and support."

Scace serves as the ISpec technical solutions manager at WEX and has worked in the petroleum industry for 27 years. She began her career at Amoco, supporting the Amoco Pipeline Co., and later moved to retail point of sale support. She has been actively involved in payment and retail fueling industry and international standards organizations for over 13 years, and has participated in the International Standards Organization and International Forecourt Standards Forum activities.

Currently the chair of the Conexxus Retail Financial Transaction Committee, Scace previously served as chair of the EPS Working Group, the Retailer Business Requirements Committee and the Point-to-Point Encryption Working Group.

Ezell is the principal software architect at Verifone Inc. A music major in college, he discovered computer programming in the early 1980s and went on to work at Bennett Pump Co. and then its customer, SuperAmerica. After joining Verifone in 1998, he attended a NACS Technology Initiative meeting and has been involved with industry standards since then.

Ezell advocates on behalf of the industry at the World Wide Web Consortium, where he serves as chairman of the XML Schema Working Group and the Web Payments Interest Group, and at the X9/International Organization for Standardization on card technology.

Previous Hall of Fame inductees include the late Teri Richman (NACS), the late John Hervey (PCATS), Greg Gilkerson (PDI), Bob Johnson (Pinnacle), Brad McGuinness (Verifone), Scott Hartman (Rutter's Farm Stores), Gene Gerke (Gerke & Associates), Henry Armour (NACS), Jenny Bullard (CST Brands), Loring Perez (Chattahoochee Oil Co.), Ann Dozier (Southern Wine & Spirits of America) and Ann Zeki (Chevron Corp.).

The 2017 Conexxus Annual Conference was held April 23-27 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel in Maryland. The conference agenda included face-to-face meetings of all Conexxus Committees and Work Groups to further data exchange standards in device integration, payments, enterprise integration, mobile commerce, supply chain and data security.

Alexandria-based Conexxus is the convenience and fuel retailing industry's standards non-profit group. It develops and implements standards, technologies innovation and advocacy.

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