Press Release on Ted Mason Joining PCATS



Contact: John Hervey

(703) 518-4297

March 9, 2004

[email protected]



  PCATS Announces Appointment of Ted Mason as Director of Technology Standards Implementation 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) announced that Ted Mason will join its staff on March 22 as director of technology standards implementation.


Prior to joining PCATS, Mason was director, EPS network services & emerging technologies, for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). He has also been very active in the standards community. As chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) X9A11 Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) committee, Mason was responsible for delivering two national specifications detailing how EBT food stamp program transactions flow across the U.S. debit networks. Currently, he is leading the ANSI X9A11-EBT group to publication of a national specification defining how the Women, Infant, Children’s (WIC) program will be converted to an electronic system.


“Ted is well known and respected throughout the retail industry from his experience at FMI in a variety of technology-centered assignments and from his leadership of two U.S. national committees responsible for producing specifications and standards directly affecting the retail/wholesale food industry,” said Scott Hartman, president of York, PA-based Rutter’s Farm Stores and chair of the PCATS Board of Directors. “Just as important, Ted has extensive experience in the convenience store industry, having spent 17 years working in the family convenience store business operating three convenience stores in Lexington, KY. With his background Ted will have a running start in his new position.”


“We are extremely pleased to have a person of Ted’s background and qualifications join us on the PCATS staff. As director of technology standards implementation he will be responsible for managing the implementation activities for standards created by the alliance primarily by developing an “Every Member has a Story” program to ensure all members of the alliance benefit in a significant way from their membership, said PCATS Executive Director John Hervey. “Ted will be an extremely valuable contributor to our development and deployment of a certification/conformance program for alliance standards.”


Mason is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and three sons.



 The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) is composed of over 80 members representing major companies, both supplier and retailer, in the petroleum marketing and convenience industry.  PCATS mission is to develop, maintain and help members implement a variety of technology standards.  John HerveyExecutive Director and Chief Executive OfficerPetroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards 1600 Duke St., Alexandria, VA  22314-6100 direct dial (703) 518-4297, fax (703) 684-1625 [email protected]