Convenience Store News

DEC 2016

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30 Convenience Store News | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Even after decades in the c-store industry, The Pinnacle Corp.'s Bob Johnson doesn't take anything for granted cover story Always Striving for Success By Angela Hanson A s the founder and CEO of The Pinnacle Corp., a leading supplier of e-commerce solutions and automation tech- nology, Bob Johnson describes himself as having always had an entrepreneurial bent. Yet one of the things that keeps him in the conve- nience store industry after decades is his appreciation for the way its mem- bers come together to improve matters across the board. Johnson, this year's supplier inductee into the Convenience Store News Hall of Fame, had a knack for computers going back to high school, "back before there really were computers," he said. And he pursued a career with them after graduating from Iowa State University. He first got involved with conve- nience stores in the early 1980s when he was writing software for a company that created point-of-sale equipment and expanded from quick-service res- taurant franchises to 7-Eleven stores. When Johnson's position there ended, he had the opportunity to move on to a different industry, but he chose to stay and founded Arlington, Texas- based Pinnacle. "What impressed me the most back then was the col- lective industry's willingness to improve each other's businesses, even though many times they would be

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