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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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Episode 5: Angelle Cloud

Angelle Cloud is a rising star in convenience retailing. She’s a Registered Dietitian and the Director of Foodservice Compliance and Corporate RD at ShopRite—a popular chain of convenience stores...

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Episode 4: Anthony Perrine

Lou Perrine’s Gas & Grocery has been a staple of Wisconsin’s Kenosha community since 1954. After taking the helm in 2008, Anthony Perrine carefully differentiated and evolved his brand...

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Episode 3: Sam Herro

It’s a new decade! Al and Frank reflect on retail’s evolution in a conversation with fuel and c-store expert, Sam Herro. From defunct department stores to the Tesla Cybertruck,...

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Episode 2: Nic Moulis

We’re going international! In this episode, Al and Frank chat with Nic Moulis, director of FuelnGo in Australia. How does Australia’s fuel and convenience retailing industry differ from the...

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Episode 1: Kent Couch

In our first episode, Al and Frank speak with Kent Couch—a cluster balloon pioneer and retailer from Bend, Oregon. Couch’s Stop and Go convenience store offers dozens of varieties...

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Behind The Mic

Frank Beard


Frank Beard is a Des Moines, Iowa-based marketer, speaker, and writer who frequently travels to visit exceptional retailers. He works in marketing at Standard AI, the world’s leading computer vision platform for retail, and he writes a monthly column for C-Store Dive. Frank’s analyses have been feature in NPR, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and more. He’s also a frequent speaker at events. Fun fact: Frank once spent a month eating at gas stations and lived to tell the tale.

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. 

Ernie Harker


Ernie Harker is a world-class branding consultant, speaker, and author. Known for building the brand behind the $3 billion convenience retailer, Maverik, Ernie works with many clients through his company, Ernburn. Ernie is a frequent keynote speaker, the author of “Your Brand Sucks,” and an accomplished artist and athlete. Fun fact: he recently climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

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