Latest Episodes

Episode 11: Brandon Lawrence

We’re back! Our next batch of ten episodes focuses on the importance of differentiation, and we kick it off by speaking to fuels consultant and data scientist, Brandon Lawrence....

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Episode 10: Al Hebert and Frank Beard

Thank you for being with us for the past nine episodes. To celebrate our tenth, we did something different. This is an honest and off the cuff conversation between...

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Episode 9: Jessica Williams

How are retailers navigating COVID-19, and what strategies can help them win in foodservice when this pandemic is over? Al and Frank chat with Jessica Williams, founder and CEO...

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Episode 8: Mike Zahajko

The coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns about cleanliness at convenience stores. In this episode, Mike Zahajko of CAF Outdoor Cleaning shares tips, strategies, and other information that retailers should...

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Episode 7: Ernie Harker

In one of our most energy-filled episodes, we talk to Ernie Harker about how he built the $3 billion Maverik brand. The conversation is full of practical advice for...

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Episode 6: Christian Warning

This episode comes to you from Berlin, Germany. We speak with Christian Warning: founder and managing director of The Retail Marketeers. This is a great discussion for anyone curious...

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Behind The Mic

Frank Beard


Frank Beard is a speaker, consultant, analyst, and writer in the convenience retailing industry. His “30 Days of Gas Station Food” experiment raised awareness that yes, you actually can make healthy choices on-the-go. Frank is a popular speaker at events both in the U.S. and internationally, and his industry analysis has been featured in the Washington Post, NPR, and more. He resides in Des Moines, IA

Al Hebert


Al Hebert is the Gas Station Gourmet. Part travel, mostly food, the Gas Station Gourmet showcases America’s hidden culinary treasure—gas station cuisine. Al is also a popular speaker at events in the convenience retailing industry, and his monthly NACS Magazine column explores the secrets of successful, independent retailers. Al resides in Abbeville, LA. 

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