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Monday, March 17, 2003
Blackstone (, a pioneer of the prepaid industry and it’s CEO, Luis Arias, are featured in this month’s Leadership Profile of NACS Magazine. The interview, conducted by Sam Turner, a member of the NACS Board of Directors & president of Calfee Company of Dalton, Inc., covered all aspects of the prepaid category – products on the horizon, distribution methods, technology, merchant processing, corporate culture and business ethics. Excerpts of the article can be viewed at According to Arias, “I am genuinely honored by this profile. NACS has played a tremendous role in my life – from my days a station owner to today, as a supplier – this profile brings the two together. Plus, I view this article as validation of not only my efforts, but the efforts of the over 200 employees of Blackstone and the over 300,000 merchants that offer Blackstone’s products & services.” NACS Magazine, strives to provide the knowledge and resources for convenience store operators and their trading partners to excel in a market of heightened competition. For example, subjects covered include enhancing efficiencies through emerging technologies; government relations issues in Washington DC; profiles of industry leaders; and insightful columns in foodservice, finance, human resources, marketing and much more. For more information on NACS visit A pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, Blackstone is currently one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Established and headquartered in Miami, Florida since 1995, Blackstone provides innovative solutions to local, national and international companies seeking to maximize their full potential – from calling cards, wireless recharge cards, gift cards, POS terminals, merchant processing, marketing & distribution to self-service, interactive kiosks – Blackstone offers a complete array of services to design, integrate and maintain high-impact, strategic business solutions via its global network of alliances and resources. For more information on Blackstone’s products and services visit or call 1-800-639-9590. Blackstone POS are trademarks of Blackstone Communications Co.; US and foreign patents pending.