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58 Convenience Store News | JULY 2015 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Top Women in Convenience Carolyn h ooD Director, Convenience Channel, KIND Healthy Snacks • Hood joined the company in 2012 to lead KIND's growth expansion into the convenience channel. She oversees the c-store business for the compa- ny's Western division and works closely with c-store wholesalers such as McLane Co. Inc. and Core-Mark Holding Co., and retailers such as 7-Eleven Inc. • She helped KIND grow to 20 independent wholesalers and gain huge distribution all-com- modity volume for the brand. • Hood is an advocate for adop- tion and an incoming board member for nonprofit adoption agency The Gladney Center. Jeannine Peterson Director of Foodservice, Circle K • Peterson is responsible for the discovery of new product offerings, and directly negoti- ates and procures products and equipment from suppliers, ven- dors and other representatives for Circle K's Arizona division. • She oversees 650 stores in her division, or 20 percent of the Circle K locations in the United States, and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating store performance. Previously, she served as a Circle K category manager for 10 years. • Peterson founded a nonprofit animal rescue and ran it as a founding director until 2008. sharon Porter Director, Sales & Marketing, Insight Beverages Inc. • Porter is responsible for new business development in the convenience channel, and development and execution of company and channel market- ing strategy. • She has more than 30 years of c-store industry experi- ence in both retail opera- tions and corporate office chain management. • Porter participates in numerous roundtables, advisory panels, the NACS Retailer Convention Committee – Content and the NACS Supplier Board Committee – Manpower. nanCy riggs VP, Quik Stop, C-stores/Small Format Division, The Kroger Co. • Riggs oversees operations, mer- chandising, fuel, facilities and real estate and is responsible for budget oversight, sales growth, EBITDA growth, new store growth, store conditions and associate development. • She won several awards for sales increases and store appearance during her time as a district advisor. As an execu- tive team member at Loaf 'N Jug, Riggs contributed to the banner's success in earning the Kroger C-Stores Banner of the Year award for four years. She was promoted to her current position this year. niKi DePhiliPs Senior VP, Store Development, Kum & Go LC • Her primary focus at Kum & Go is to oversee all activities related to site selection, government approvals and construction of 20 new convenience stores annually. • She began her career with Kum & Go as an administrative assistant at 22 years old and rose to her current position in just 12 years. • DePhilips is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), received her Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification and was honored as a "40 under 40" in 2014. Kelly FulForD Senior Category Development Manager, General Mills Convenience • Fulford joined General Mills in 2003 and currently leads the category management team for General Mills Convenience. She is responsible for analyzing cat- egory data along with consumer insight research to identify how retailers can drive sales and profit throughout the store. • She has won several retailer awards including the 2014 Maverik Strategic Snacks Outfitter of the Year, the 2013 Kum & Go Strategic Partner, and the 2012 Circle K West Silver Award of Excellence. Jane green VP, Marketing, Swisher International • Green leads marketing strategy and new product development for mass-market cigars, including all advertising, point-of-sale and field sales support programs. • She spearheaded the intro- duction of Swisher Sweets' limited-edition cigarillos, the first time that limited-edition tastes have been developed for the Sweets brand. • Green is involved with the Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program, which is sponsored by Swisher Sweets. Celebrating 25 years in 2014, the program honors an outstanding farmer in 10 Southeast states. CinDy henDerson Executive Director, Operations Support, CST Brands Inc. • Henderson is marking her 14th year at CST Brands, 12 of which were with Valero Energy Corp. She oversees the retail stores' daily operations, as well as operations projects, new programs and new initiatives. • She became involved with the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) a year ago. • Henderson has 34 years of experience in the industry, previously holding positions with 7-Eleven Inc., a 7-Eleven licensee company and a pri- vately held convenience store company in Texas.

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