Robert J. Myers, chairman of the board of Casey’s General Stores and a member of the CGSC Foundation board of trustees since 2009, was recently selected as the “2016 Retailer of the Year” during the annual meeting of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Convenience Store News & Petroleum,” or CSP Magazine as it is known in the convenience retailing industry, presented Myers with the award at a dinner ceremony during the NACS show. Meyers retired as CEO of Casey’s General Stores in April 2016, but is currently serving as the chairman of the board of directors for the popular store chain.
Mitch Morrison, vice president and retail executive platform director for Chicago-based Winsight LLC, presented Myers with the award during the ceremony. Morrison explained that CSP chooses its Retail Leaders of the Year based on their company leadership and performance, as well as their “total value system.” This includes how they treat employees, customers and their communities. He described Casey’s as “a company that is aspirational in its business, and inspirational in its communities.”
Casey’s current president/CEO Terry Handley said, “Bob Myers understands the difference between great leadership and good management.”
Myers is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel whose last assignment on active duty was as a CGSC instructor from 1985-1988. His military background is well known and appreciated in the Casey’s family.
During his acceptance remarks Myers demonstrated the humility he is also well known for and thanked many of the attendees in the audience, most importantly his wife Janice, for their support over the years.
“I am just deeply, deeply honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Myers. “To be candid, I’m just not comfortable being in the spotlight.”