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NACS announced yesterday the passing of John Hervey, the former NACS employee and PCATS executive director who had a long and distinguished career in the convenience and petroleum retailing industry. His 40-year-plus career began at Mobil Oil Corporation, where he served in a variety of capacities for 25 years, including providing retail automation solutions for its 1,000-plus convenience stores. He retired from Mobil in 1992 and began a second career as an industry consultant.
In 1995, he joined Minit Mart Foods in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as its director of IT, where Hervey was an early proponent of data standards. In 1997, he returned to consulting with Gerke and Associates, where he led the industry standards initiative that was to become the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS). Hervey also was a retired U.S. Navy Captain, having served more than 35 years both active duty and in the Navy Reserve beginning in 1955 as a seaman recruit.
Hervey’s career at NACS began in 2000 as its chief technology officer, where he took the helm of the NACS Technology Standards Project. In 2003, the NACS Board of Directors agreed that a spinoff of the project into its own organization was appropriate, thus forming PCATS. Hervey was named executive director of the newly formed association and guided its growth and standards adoption work until his retirement in 2009.

"John knew how to make things happen. He moved our industry from being laggards to having state of the art technologies. He brought all the relevant players together to develop the standards that allow technology to more effectively support our businesses and our customers. John's impact on technology standards was instrumental to our success and he will be truly missed," said NACS President/CEO Hank Armour.
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