Kemmeter and Russo named to NYACS Hall of Fame
The New York Association of Convenience Stores will honor industry veterans on September 22.
The New York Convenience Stores Association (NYACS) announces that Dennis Kemmeter and Marcia Russo have been elected to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame.
NYACS will induct them at its fall conference on Wednesday, September 22 in Clayton NY. Friends and colleagues in the industry are invited to attend by registering on the NYACS website, www.nyacs.org. The Hall of Fame honors individual retailers and vendors for their outstanding achievement and distinguished service in the New York City convenience store industry.
Dennis Kemmeter retired in 2019 as assistant vice president of the Kwik Fill / Red Apple division of United Refining Company, overseeing the operations of nearly 300 convenience stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Kemmeter began his retail career in 1965 as a clerk at Victory Markets / Great American Food Stores. After graduating from Albany Business College, he returned to Victory Markets and entered their management training program before becoming a store manager at several high volume locations.
In late 1980, Kemmeter was recruited by NYACS co-founder Bob Seng to join his team at Busy Bee Food Stores. He quickly became district manager for the Syracuse market.
United Refining Company of Pennsylvania, after acquiring the Busy Bee chain in 1990, hired Kemmeter as a regional manager, overseeing more than 80 locations in central New York and northern Pennsylvania. He was promoted to Director of Retail Sales and Marketing, then Assistant Vice President.
Kemmeter served on the NYACS board for eight years, including two as chairman. He and his wife Nancy live in Vestal, NY. Her daughter Jennifer resides in London, England, with her husband Sashank and their twins Arjun and Ravi. Her stepson John, a graduate of Siena College, lives in Philadelphia.
Marcia Russo is the National Customer Development Manager for Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales, marketing and services company, representing the leading manufacturers of consumer packaged goods sold through the convenience store channel as well as all others. trade categories.
Based in Syracuse, NY, Marcia manages several of Acosta’s major national clients, including Campbell’s, Procter & Gamble, Edgewell Personal Care and Spectrum Brands. She currently manages key accounts in central New York and Pennsylvania, and has worked with numerous accounts in the Northeast and nationwide throughout her career.
Russo served on the NYACS Supplier Advisory Board for 15 years, including two as chair, as well as several NYACS committees.
Prior to joining Acosta in 1998, she rose through the ranks of retail and in a similar capacity of corporate and large account management for Pezrow Food Brokers, a leading regional brokerage. During her tenure at Pezrow, she first discovered NYACS at its annual trade show.
A summa cum laude graduate, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Buffalo’s D’Youville College. She grew up in Marilla and Cheektowaga in Erie County.
Russo and her husband Gus reside in Camillus, NY where she enjoys gardening, boating, volunteering with the Camillus Erie Canal Society, and bowling. Russo is also part of the Central New York Bowling Hall of Fame.
Russo and Kemmeter will be the 53rd and 54th inductees into the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame, founded by NYACS in 1996. Other members are listed at www.nyacs.org/hall-of-fame.
Based in Albany, NY, NYACS is a private, not-for-profit business organization that protects an enabling environment for New York State’s diverse neighborhood convenience store community. It provides its members with essential knowledge, a unified voice on legislative and regulatory matters.