Scott E. Hartman
Class of 2017
Scott E. Hartman was born on March 13, 1959 in York, PA, to Stewart and Joann. Along with his brother Terrence, Scott represents the 10th generation in the Rutter’s Farm Stores business that dates back to 1747.
Scott started working in his family’s c- stores stocking and cleaning shelves when he was 12 years old.
He attended George Washington University and graduated in 1981 with a BBA in accounting. He continued his studies at Duke University, earning his MBA in 1983, and marrying Catherine, who he met during college, in June 1984. They raised two children, Sara and Christopher.
Scott worked for Price Waterhouse for seven years where he says he learned the value of solving business problems with technology — experience he brought to Rutter’s Farm Stores in 1990, first as CFO and Vice-President of operations and then CEO. In 2003, he became President & CEO of Rutter’s Holdings, operating Rutter’s Farm Stores, Rutter’s Dairy, and M&G Realty.
Recognizing a lack of technology leadership, he approached NACS in 1991, and five years later the first NACStech Conference premiered and the NACS Technology Standards Committee was formed with Scott as chairman. Scott went on to chair the NACS Technology Council, receiving the Convenience Store News Top Technology Leader Award in 2009.
Although a regional chain, Rutter’s Farm Stores has twice been named U.S. Convenience Chain of the Year and is the only U.S. chain to receive the International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award.
Scott served as a NACS Executive Committee Member for more than 10 years and was Chairman of NACS in 2005. Along with the NACS Technology Committee, he served on the R&D and Audit Committees, was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council and was the first Chairman of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards.
He is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker at worldwide industry conferences including the Snack Food Association, NCA State of the Industry Conference, and New York, New England, Australia, and UK c-store associations.
Scott is a 2007 inductee into the Food Industry Hall of Fame, Convenience Store News magazine’s Convenience Store Hall of Fame and was the first retailer inducted into the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards’ Hall of Fame.
Scott says he hopes his children will become the 11th generation in the family business. Meanwhile, he and his son have played more than 80 of the top 100 world golf courses together, working toward the goal of earning a place in the Guinness Book of world Records as the first father-son team to play all 100 courses.