Understanding the Size of the Infrastructure Challenge
John Eichberger is Vice President of Government Relations for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) where he oversees the association’s government relations activities, represents the convenience and petroleum retailing industry before Congress, the Administration and the media, and directs the association’s petroleum related activities. Eichberger joined the association in 2000 as Director of Motor Fuels and was named to his current position in 2006. NACS represents an industry operating more than 148,000 retail locations, of which more than 120,000 sell motor fuels, accounting for 80 percent of the gasoline sold in the country. In 2011, the industry generated $681.9 billion in sales (one of every $22 spent in the United States) and employed more than 1.8 million workers. In 2013, Eichberger was named Executive Director of The Fuels Institute, a non-profit, independent think tank founded and managed by NACS. In this position, Eichberger serves as the chief executive directing daily operations and strategic initiatives. Eichberger continues to serve in his capacity of Vice President of Government Relations of NACS. The Fuels Institute, founded in 2013, draws together various stakeholders from the vehicle and fuels industries, including public interest community and academia, to collaborate on the critical issues facing the transportation market. The Institute identifies the issues facing the market and produces credible, independent analytical reports to better inform business leaders and policymakers about opportunities and challenges in the vehicles and fuels markets. Prior to joining NACS, Eichberger served as a legislative assistant for Representative Greg Ganske (R-IA) where he advised the Congressman on such issues as those relating to energy, environment and agricultural policy.