Convenience Store News

NOV 2014

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16 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2014 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM INDUSTRYROUNDUP • Lucia Romenello Crater, director of sales, convenience; KIND Healthy Snacks • Susan Curry, vice president of operations; XYIENCE • Sonja Hubbard, CEO; E-Z Mart Stores Inc. • Jennie Jones, vice president of marketing; S&D Coffee & Tea • Kris Kingsbury, marketing and merchandising manager; Robinson Oil Co. • Amy Lane, chief operating officer; The Parker Cos. • Lori Lunt, division manager; Alliance Energy LLC • Wendy Redmond, director of sales; S&D Coffee & Tea • Debbie Robins, CEO and president; Century Distributors • Yvette Spears, vice president, national retail sales; Coca-Cola North America • Mary Szarmach, vice president, trade marketing and government relations; Smoker Friendly International • Kathy Williams, vice president, national sales; Coca-Cola North America The rising star honorees were: • Jeannie Amerson, advertising and loyalty manager; Flash Foods Inc. • Brittany Bayley-Murray, buyer and category Women of the Year honorees included (from left): Kim Lubel, CST Brands Inc.; Jennifer Rhoads, Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association; and Barbara Poremba, Coca-Cola Refreshments. One of the five Women of the Year, RaceTrac Petroleum CEO Allison Moran, is flanked by NEW's Reagan Lund (left) and Kraft's Beth Jarocki. Thank you to our sponsors manager; Martin & Bayley • Madalena Ferreira, director of convenience store operations; Bobby & Steve's Auto World • Tanja Gassenmaier, district manager; The Parker Cos. • Carly Goebel, category buyer; GetGo and Giant Eagle Express • Jedy Majovsky, merchandising specialist; GetGo • Cecilia Ottenweller, c-store specialist and district leader; GetGo • Mila Spencer, benefits manager; Kwik Trip Inc. Store managers Diane Hank of L&P Convenient Store in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and Jan Phipps of Autumn Grove Tiger Mart/Subway in Salisbury, Md., were recognized as well. "These awards are very special to me — and in many ways, long overdue," remarked Reagan Lund, national development manager for NEW. When the organization was founded just 13 years ago, she recalled how wom- en's leadership was "an HR issue; a box to check." Today, though, women's leadership is "recognized for what it is: a competitive advantage and a business imper- ative," Lund said, pointing to NEW's 8,500-plus mem- bers representing 750 companies. "We've made some improvement, but there is still a lot of work to do." The Top Women in Convenience program was open to convenience store industry retailers, suppli- ers and wholesalers. Honorees were selected from nominations by industry executives. Candidates were judged based on their achievements during the past 12 months in areas such as corporate initiatives, financial and strategic accomplishments, problem- solving acumen and charitable participation. CSN

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