Anthony Martin Honored with NACS Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award

Top honor given by philanthropic arm of National Association of College Stores (NACS)

 OBERLIN, OHIO, March 18, 2016 – Anthony Martin, director of the Houston Baptist University Bookstore, Houston, Texas, was presented with the NACS Foundation Distinguished Service Award.

Introduced in 2002, the Distinguished Service Award is the NACS Foundation’s highest honor and recognizes devotion, service and visionary leadership to the NACS Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association of College Stores (NACS). The award was presented on March 5 at a ceremony during CAMEX 2016 in Houston, TX. Produced by the National Association of College Stores, CAMEX is the largest education and trade show event in the collegiate retailing industry.

Martin has a long history of involvement with NACS and the Foundation, having chaired and served on numerous committees since 1982. He most recently served as president of the Association from 2015-2016. From 2012-2013, Martin was president of the NACS Foundation.

In addition to his work with NACS, Martin has volunteered for the Louisiana State Association Board and the Southwest College Bookstore Association, which presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

“It was an honor and pleasure to present the NACS Foundation Distinguished Service Award, the highest award that the Foundation bestows, to Anthony,” said NACS Foundation Immediate Past President Melanie Sparks, CCR, executive director, institutional support services, University of New Mexico. “Anthony has been a true leader and believer for many, many years. His passion and dedication to our industry and the Foundation has truly made a difference.

About NACS Foundation

Operating for more than 30 years, the NACS Foundation is the only charitable resource for the collegiate retailing industry. Since its inception, it has disbursed more than $3 million for industry education and research, and awarded more than 3,000 professional development grants to college store personnel. The NACS Foundation has touched the careers of thousands of collegiate retailing professionals and counts some of the industry’s leading vendors among its top corporate donors.

About The National Association of College Stores

The National Association of College Stores (NACS) is the professional trade association representing the $10 billion collegiate retailing industry. NACS represents nearly 4,000 campus retailers and approximately 1,000 industry-related companies that supply course materials and other merchandise and services to campus stores. NACS provides education and other resources that help its member stores support student success, the campus experience, and the academic missions of higher education institutions. NACS is headquartered in Oberlin, Ohio. Additional information can be found online at