Alison Ritchie Named New Head of NY Association of Convenience Stores

By New York Association of Convenience Stores | July 8, 2024

ALBANY – Alison Ritchie has been named the next President of the New York Association of Convenience Stores and starts in this new position today. Alison joined the NYACS staff in November 2018 as the Director of Membership and Events and has served as Director of Operations since July 2022. She succeeded Kent Sopris to become NYACS’ fifth President in its 38-year history.

“With Alison’s years at NYACS, we know the association is in good hands and will run smoothly and efficiently,” commented NYACS Board Chair Christian King. “Her commitment and industry knowledge bring stability, especially in our challenging business and regulatory environment. She provides the strong leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills needed to move our industry forward.”

“I am honored to serve NYACS as its next President,” said Ritchie. “I look forward to building on the work we’ve done over the past 5 years and ushering the New York c-store industry into the future of neighborhood retailing. NYACS has always led the charge to safeguard our members’ interests and will continue to be the unified voice on issues impacting our businesses.”

The NYACS Board of Directors unanimously approved Ritchie’s appointment in April.

Alison has worked in association management for 20 years serving state-wide industry groups including the Superintendents of School Buildings and Grounds, Psychologists, and Dispute Resolution professionals. Most recently she was the Member Services Manager for Audubon International where she worked primarily with golf courses to achieve environmental excellence.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in Environmental Studies and is a graduate of the Empire State Society of Association Executives’ Association Leadership Academy.

Alison resides in Slingerlands NY with her husband Trevor and is proud mother to Schuyler, a rising senior at Northeastern University in Boston, and Sophia, a rising freshman at American University in DC.

The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) is a statewide organization representing 8,000 neighborhood mini-marts, bodegas and convenience stores, the majority of which are duly registered with the State of New York to sell legal tobacco products to adult customers in accordance with federal, state and local standards.