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Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores (KACS)
2012 Convenience Store of the Year
Bill Shanks (R), CFM #175, receiving award from
2012 KGA/KACS Chairman Tim McGurk
Frankfort, KY – November 19, 2012 – Bill Shanks, owner, CFM#175 in versailles, KY has been honored as 2012 Convenience Store of the Year during the Kentucky Grocers Association/Kentucky Association of Convenience stores 71st annual awards luncheon. This year’s KGA/KACS annual awards luncheon was held on November 14, 2012 at the Castle Post in Versailles, KY.
Bill Shanks accepted the Kentucky Grocers Association, Inc. & Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores, Inc. (KGA/KACS) Convenience Store of the Year Award on behalf of his family and employees.
During his acceptance speech he told attendees of the 2012 KGA/KACS Awards Luncheon, “I owe much of the success of my store to the employees and especially to my store manager Pam Trejo who has worked with me for 25 years.”
Bill began his career in the convenience & grocery store industries at the age of 15 working as a grocery bagger at the local Food Giant in Detroit, Michigan.
While attending the University of Kentucky Bill was hired by Eddie White, owner of several Convenient Food Marts in Lexington, KY.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky and with a lack of opportunities for teaching jobs at that time, Bill accepted a manager training position with the Louisville based Convenient Industries of America; franchisor of Convenient Food Marts in much of Kentucky.
Bill worked in several corporate-owned stores in the Louisville area before transferring to Versailles in 1976.
In 1977, thanks to a loan from his in-laws, Bill and his wife Margaret purchased the store they still own and operate today.
Through the years Bill has been blessed with good employees and living in a great community. Along the way, Bill has received additional awards in recognition of his outstanding store operations.
· 1982 Convenient Food Mart, Inc. Operator of the Year
· 1991 Franchisee of the Year for Dairy Mart, Inc.
In 1998 Bill’s store became an independent business. Bill is also an active member of the KGA/KACS and has participated in the annual KGA/KACS trip to Washington, DC for meetings with our U.S. Congressional representatives.
In addition to working at the store, over the years Bill has been involved with a number of community organizations including:
· Past member of Woodford Co. Planning and Zoning's Board of Adjustments
· Past member Woodford Co. EDA
· Past President of Woodford Chamber of Commerce
· Member and Chairman of the Board, Woodford County Library
· Founding and current Director of Citizens Commerce National Bank in Versailles, KY
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